Honor Band, Choir & Strings Festival
The University of North Dakota Honor Band, Choir & Strings Festival provides an opportunity for talented high school musicians to perform in a select ensemble under the leadership of UND faculty. The ensembles are chosen by live audition from among the finest high school musicians in the region.
2021 Honor Band, Choir & Strings Festival
The UND Honor Ensembles have now been selected. Ensemble lists are now available below. We extend a special thank you to all students who auditioned this year and congratulations to those selected! We were certainly impressed with the level of musicianship demonstrated on the recorded auditions received. Thank you also to all of the high school music directors who assisted in the recording and submission of these auditions.
We had hoped to be able to offer a shortened UND Honor Band, Choir & Strings Festival
in the late spring.
Unfortunately, we are not able to make that happen due to continued issues related to the pandemic. In
lieu of the on-campus Festival this year, we would like you to join us at 11 a.m. (CST) on May 15 for a
virtual gathering - “Life-Long Music Making: A Conversation with Honor Musicians & Directors.” This will
provide us the opportunity to interact and discuss a subject we are all passionate about: music for life!
We look forward to the next academic year when we plan to continue the outstanding
tradition of this
Festival in-person. Auditions are currently scheduled for the week of October 25 to 30. The 2022 UND Honor
Band, Choir & Strings Festival weekend will be January 21 to 23.
Again, please know how impressed we were with all of the auditions. If you earned
a spot in this year’s
ensembles, we hope you will display this information proudly among your significant accomplishments.
Certificates will be sent to those selected. Best wishes for a safe and successful spring!
Dr. Simona Barbu, UND Honor Strings Conductor
Dr. Dean Jilek, UND Mixed Honor Choir Conductor
Dr. James Popejoy, UND Honor Band Conductor
Mrs. Melanie Popejoy, UND Women’s Honor Choir Conductor