The Tulsa Honors Orchestra 1979-2015 
36 Years of Excellence

AUDITIONS:  Held at the end of August each year. Auditions are an important part of learning to play in an orchestra - THO auditions are a relaxed process of evaluating a students sightreading and playing abilities. Be prepared to play a 1, 2 or 3 octave scale, a solo or etude of your choice (need not be memorized) and we will have each student sightread orchestral excerpts to determine the correct placement of each student in an orchestra. Sept 5, 2016 is Labor Day - no rehearsal that day. THO will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 12, 2016 at the Jazz Hall of Fame downtown Tulsa, 111 East 1st street, parking at lower level is free after 5:00pm or you may drop your student off at the upper level for rehearsals at the circle drive.

2016 Audition Dates:
Monday, August 29, 2016: 4:30-6pm Jazz Hall, for Students with 
Last Name A-L
Thursday, September 1, 2016: 4:30-6pm Jazz Hall, for Students with 
Last Name M-Z

Also Coming up at the Jazz Hall: 
 Beatles Camp! August 4, 5 & 6, 2016:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Cost: $125 per student.
On Saturday of Beatles Camp, we will have our performance at 12:30pm, all parents of students bring one dish to share for the potluck lunch immediately following the performance at the Jazz Hall. 

In the Summer of 2014 at Beatles Camp, THO was featured on the Route 66 Festival Online:
THO is part of the Route 66 Interactive Festival on Rifftime!
https://route66.rifftime.com/stream/tulsa-honors-orchestra-2/


Tulsa Honors Orchestra performing at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in December 2012.
Our Holiday Concert will be Monday, December 15, 2014 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Cookie and punch Reception immediately following.
 
 

Jody Naifeh, THO founder 35 years ago and 2011 Recipient of an Oklahoma Governor's Arts Award, sits in the violin section during a summer camp rehearsal.

The Tulsa Honors Orchestra performed for the Channel 6 Christmas Party at the legendary Cain's Ballroom last December 2012.

Tulsa Honors Orchestra members love to perform Irish Fiddling at Kilkenny's and McNellie's Irish Pubs in Tulsa. A 17 piece member orchestra with select members of THO took a Performance Tour of Ireland in June of 2014 which included performances in Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Connemara Region. THO performed in the Gothic Church at Kylemore Abbey as well as Christchurch Cathedral, the oldest Cathedral in Ireland. 
Our next performance tour may possibly be Quebec Canada to perform in Cathedrals. 
 Pictured from left: Connor Bender, Acadia Brazeal, Emma Ehrle, Nicole Robison, Ashtin Johnson, Lexy Harmon (in front), Greta Connelly, Caleb Sieck, Wyatt Ogle, Carson Ogle, Karen Naifeh Harmon and Austin Pendergrass.
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The Tulsa Honors Chamber Orchestra performs in the Lobby of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame opening for a Concert in the Fall of 2012.

TULSA HONORS ORCHESTRA (THO) is in its 35th year of providing excellent string instruction to youth string players, as well as providing numerous fantastic performance opportunities. THO regularly performs at Living Arts Festival: Dia De Los Muertos, to rave reviews by audiences. THO will have their Holiday Concert at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 5:30pm. The Performance will include Classical music as well as Fiddling, Rock and Tango music.

THO is comprised of 3 orchestras: Tulsa Honors Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra and the Debutante Orchestra. THO meets at the Jazz Hall of Fame from 4:30-5:30pm every Monday. The Debutante Orchestra, for beginning sightreading students,  also meets from 4:30-5:30pm. The Chamber Orchestra is a more challenging orchestra, which stays for an additional hour, from 5:30-6:30pm.

     Other Performances for the 2014-15 season will include the Irish Street Festival Performance at Kilkenny's on March 17, a performance in November as part of Arnie's and Blue Dome Festival Street Festival and another Young People's Concert at Living Arts, in which original student compositions are performed with our Orchestra.
THO music directors are Jody Naifeh, the THO founder, and her daughter, Karen Naifeh Harmon, Violinist/Composer/Arranger. We
are pleased to have Austin Pendergrass as our cello coach as well as Sarah Thomas  on viola and Kyle Wagner on string bass. We are very
thankful to the Oklahoma Art Council for a grant this year. We also appreciate the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for the use of their
amazing Hall and all their support! We could not do this without the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame!

FEES: Debutante Orchestra: $130 per year ($65 per semester)
Tulsa Honors Orchestra: $130 per year ($65 per semester)
Tulsa Honors Orchestra AND Chamber Orchestra: $200 per year ($100 per semester)

Tuition is due the 1st Rehearsal of the year. You may split your payment in half and pay the 2nd half in January at the 1st rehearsal of the Spring Semester.

Select programming is made possible in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts. 


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