Tulsa Honors Orchestra performing at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in December 2012.
Our Holiday Concert will be Monday, December 16 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Cookie and punch Reception immediately following.
Jody Naifeh, THO founder 34 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 are planning a Performance Tour of Ireland in 2014 including performances in Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Connemara Region. 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.
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 34th 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 16, 2013 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 2013-14 season will include the Irish Street Festival Performance at Kilkenny's on March 17, an Irish Performance in October at Tulsa Little Theatre as part of the Tulsa Honors Orchestra Fundraiser Performance, 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.
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 2 is Labor Day - no rehearsal that day. THO will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 9, 2013.
2013 Audition Dates:
Monday, August 26: 4:30-6pm Jazz Hall, for Students with
Last Name A-L
Thursday, August 29: 4:30-6pm Jazz Hall, for Students with
Last Name M-Z
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