TULSA HONORS ORCHESTRA (THO) is in its 33rd 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 10, 2012 at 5:30pm. The Performance will include Classical music as well as Fiddling, Rock and Tango music.
As well as offering fantastic performance opportunities, THO periodically hires amazing Clinicians to work with the students - above pictured is Christian Howes, one of the most fantastic jazz vioilinists around! The students really enjoyed working with him last September and we will plan a workshop for the students sometime in the 2012-13 season.
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 year will include the Rockin' Irish Festival at Connor's Cove at the Hardesty Library in March, a Tango Performance in Feb or March to perform as part of the Tulsa Honors Orchestra Fundraiser Performance, and possibly a Demonstration-Performance for Claremore Middle and High School students for the Claremore Symphony League.
THO music directors are Jody Naifeh, the THO founder, and her daughter, Karen Harmon, Violinist/Composer/arranger. We are very thankful to the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra for providing our string coaches, Michael Nicholson and Ronnamarie Jensen. We are pleased to have Austin Pendergrass as our cello coach and Sarah Thomas as our viola coach. We are very thankful to the Oklahoma Art Council for a grant this year. We also very much appreciate the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for the use of their amazing Hall and all their support!
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.