National Orchestra Festival© 2018

Festival Overview (NOF Website Click Here)

The National Orchestra Festival© is an annual festival held in conjunction with the ASTA National Conference. The NOF brings together orchestras from around the country to a single location in order to provide an unparalleled opportunity to receive placement, ratings, comments and education from leading clinicians and adjudicators in the industry. Orchestras are selected to participate in the national festival based on their application and supporting materials. The festival encompasses Youth Orchestras, Middle School Orchestras, and High School Orchestras in their choice of Competition, Ratings and/or Comments categories. All festival groups receive recorded and written feedback from all invited adjudicators. Each group also receives an educational clinic directly after its performance from one of our two clinicians. In addition, ASTA has created some high school student focused education content sessions to round out your experience in Atlanta!

Competitive groups perform for placement within their own division: Middle School, High School, or Youth Orchestra. The NOF has the opportunity for two Grand Champions, both of whom will play in the NOF Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018. This final performance is open to all attendees of the National Conference and is the culminating event of the conference. There will be a Grand Champion for the Public School Division and one from the Private School/Youth Orchestra Division. All NOF performances are open to other festival groups and conference attendees.

See Who Is Invited:

Autrey Mill Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra
Tim Anderson
Johns Creek, GA

Avalon Middle School Sinfonia
Vincent Conrod
Orlando, FL

Bennett’s Mill Middle School String Symphony
Kevin Anderson
Fayetteville, GA

Calvert Patuxent Chamber Orchestra
Cheryl Blockland
Lusby, MD

Denver School of the Arts Advanced String Orchestra
Enrique Lasansky
Denver, CO

Denver School of the Arts Full Orchestra
Enrique Lasansky
Denver, CO

Denver School of the Arts Middle School Sinfonia
Enrique Lasansky
Denver, CO

Grady High School Orchestra
Sergio Rodriguez
Atlanta, GA

Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Middle School Chamber Orchestra
Richard Galvan
Grand Prairie, TX

H. B. Plant High School Philharmonic
Steven Bossert
Tampa, FL

Harrison High School Chamber Orchestra
Angela Baddock
Marietta, GA

Henry M. Gunn HS Chamber Orchestra
Sandra Lewis
Palo Alto, CA

Herricks High School Chamber Orchestra
Catherine Fish
New Hyde Park, NY

Hightower Trail Middle School 8th Grade Chamber Orchestra
Michael Tompkins
Marietta, GA

Iowa City West High School Symphony Strings
Jonathan Welch
Iowa City, IA

Kingwood High School Chamber Orchestra
Christopher Reidlinger
Kingwood, TX

Kingwood High School Symphony
Christopher Reidlinger
Kingwood, TX

Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra
Jennifer Harrell
Knoxville, TN

Lafayette-School for the Creative and Performing Arts Chamber Orchestra
Phil Kent
Lexington, KY

Liberty High School Chamber Orchestra
Michelle  Davis
Liberty, MO

Lyndon B. Johnson Early College High School Orchestra
Luzvic Backstrom
Austin, TX

Mary L. Passage Middle School Orchestra
Shawn Roberts
Newport News, VA

Moanalua High School Symphony
Elden Seta
Honolulu, HI

Nyack High School Chamber Orchestra
Tammy Yi
Upper Nyack, NY

Oscar F. Smith High School Chamber Orchestra
Deanna Kringel
Chesapeake, VA

Osceola County School for the Arts Symphony Orchestra
Rueff Frazao
Kissimmee, FL

Pine Crest Middle School Orchestra
Martha Schimelpfenig
Boca Raton, FL

Ransom Middle School Orchestra III
Catherine McConnell
Catonment, FL

Robinson Middle School Orchestra
Laura Hutchins
Witchita, KS

Sandy Creek High School Orchestra
Kelly Gallman
Tyrone, GA

Satellite High School Chamber Orchestra
Christopher Simons
Satellite Beach, FL

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts Sinfonia
Jennifer John
Greenville, SC

Southwest High School Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Busse
El Centro, CA

Wando High School Honors Orchestra
Ryan Silvestri
Mount Pleasant, SC