District 12 Honor Symphony

You are invited to audition for the 2018 GMEA District 12 High School Honor Symphony. Membership in this elite group is an extraordinary accomplishment. To be eligible to audition, you must be enrolled in a District 12 high school orchestra program or be an official homeschool student sponsored by a private teacher who is a GMEA member.  If selected, you will perform with a group with the best musicians from all area high schools. The 2018 will be Paul Bhasin from Emory University. You can read his biography here: 


Students MUST be available for the all rehearsals.  NO EXCEPTIONS! Please do not audition if you are not available for all of the rehearsals and concert. There are no alternates for the honor orchestra. If you are selected for Honor Orchestra and do not participate in the event, you are INELIGIBLE from participation in the group the next year. Please represent your school honorably.

Winds & Percussion Auditions

Wind and percussion auditions will again be completed via YouTube auditions. The deadline for registration will be Friday, August 16, 2018 at 4:00PM, and the deadline for submitting the Winds & Percussion audition is August 23, 2018 at 4:00PM. You can register online via this link: (available soon). Wind, Percussion, & Harp Audition Requirements will be in two parts and will be for admission & seating.
1) 5 chromatically adjacent scales. More credit for more octaves. All-state rhythms and articulations.
2) Honor Symphony Audition Excerpts-Winds & Percussion
 Koji Mori  will be coordinating the wind/percussion auditions.

String Auditions

Audition registration will be conducted online via this link: Honor Symphony Audition Request. The link will be open until Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 4:00PM. String Auditions will be from 4:00-9:00PM on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Walton High School. You will be assigned a time that will be e-mailed to you and your teacher. You must arrive and register 30 minutes ahead of time. Walton High School is at 1590 Bill Murdock Road; Marietta, GA 30062. Go to the main entrance of the school, look for the signs for Honor Symphony.

If you are a home school student in District 12 and wish to audition, please have your private teacher e-mail Sara Grimes to obtain an audition time.

The audition will be for admission and seating, and it will be two parts:

1. Scales 

Violins: G Major/A melodic Minor-3 octaves. Violas/Cellos: C Major/D Melodic Minor-3 octaves. Bass: G Melodic Minor/F Major, 2 octaves. Scales must be memorized and will be asked to be played separate bows (QN = 60) or slurred two notes per bow (EN = 120). Arpeggios will be played separate bows (QN = 60). Do not stop between the scale and arpeggio.  

2. Excerpt

2018 HO Violin Excerpt                            2018 HO Viola Excerpt                              2018 HO Cello Excerpt                         2018 HO Bass Excerpt


Rehearsals & Concert (all at Lassiter High School):

Thursday, November 8, 2018
       5:30-6:45PM- Sectionals for everyone
      6:45-7:00PM- Snack (provided)
      7:00-9:00PM- Full Symphony Rehearsal

Friday, November 9, 2018
      5:15PM: Check-in
      5:30-6:45PM- String only rehearsal
      6:45-7:00PM- Snack (provided)
      7:00-9:00PM- Full Symphony Rehearsal

Saturday, November 10, 2018
     1:30-3:00PM- Symphony Rehearsal
     3:30PM- Concert

If you are late for a rehearsal, you will be moved to the end of the section. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to rehearsal. If you miss a rehearsal or sectional, you will be dismissed from the event.


Participation Fee: All selected participants of GMEA District 12 High School Honor Orchestra pay the participation fee of $35.00. There is not an audition fee. The participation fee will be collected by each individual director who will write one check to cover all students from the school.

Concert Attire: All participants will wear their FORMAL school uniform for the final concert. Men will be in their tuxedo, and ladies in the long black gowns. All uniforms must meet the Cobb County School District dress code – no short skirts, spaghetti straps, etc. Please make sure you are wearing black dress shoes and black stockings. No white socks or tennis shoes.

Questions? E-mail  Sara Grimes (string auditions), Koji Mori (wind/percussion auditions)  Carol Doemel (event)


(770) 578-7900

3001 Hembree Rd. Marietta GA 30062 

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