High School Honor Band

Honor Band 2018
Photo: 2018 High School Honor Band in performance in Ted Mann Concert Hall.

University of Minnesota High School Honor Band

Ferguson Hall and Ted Mann Concert Hall

January 24-26, 2020

The twenty-sixth annual University of Minnesota High School Honor Band weekend will be held on campus beginning Friday afternoon, January 24, 2020 at 4 pm and will conclude with a concert on Sunday afternoon, January 26, 2020 at 1:30 pm in Ted Mann Concert Hall. This is an outstanding opportunity for 90 of the Upper Midwest’s finest high school wind and percussion instrumentalists in grades 10, 11, and 12 to rehearse and perform challenging music in a concentrated setting.
Dr. Emily Threinen and Prof. Betsy McCann, conductors.

Eligibility and Audition Requirements

High school students in grades 10–12 are eligible to apply. Each student must be recommended by an ensemble director and should be an outstanding instrumentalist capable of performing class A literature. Each applicant must submit an online application and email an mp3 recording containing three to five total minutes of playing. Audio file must be submitted via the online application portal. Selections should include a slow legato work and a contrasting etude or movement of a technical nature. Percussionists should perform on at least two different instruments of their choice. Applicants who wish to audition for more than one instrument must submit a separate music file for each instrument.

  • Applicants must submit a complete online application via the SlideRoom portal. An application is considered complete when the application, recording(s) and reference (current band director) are all properly submitted through the portal.
  • Due to a new online application process, we have extended the deadline for submissions! DUE at 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

Honor Band Fee:

$190 – for participants that require housing
$150 – for participants that do not require housing
This fee covers instruction, venue rental, meals, supplies and housing expenses (if applicable).

Evaluation Rubric 

2020 Application (Application Deadline: November 5, 2019)

2020 Repertoire

Morton Gould (arr. Philip Lang) | 1913-1996
American Salute (1943/1971)
Omar Thomas | b. 1984
Shenandoah (2019)
John Zdechlik | b. 1937
Chorale and Shaker Dance (1972)
John Mackey | b. 1973
Undertow (2008)
Julie Giroux | b. 1961
Tiger Tail March (2000)