News Release, All-National Honors Ensemble

557 Students from 49 States and Territories to Showcase Talents in Orlando, FL, November 7–10

RESTON, VA November 2019 —During the 2018–19 school year, along with other accomplished music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Hayley Jones from Huntingtown High School practiced with a dedication to gain a chair or part in her local, district, and state music honor ensembles.

And now Hayley Jones will join the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles November 7–10, 2019, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The Jazz Ensemble, Mixed Choir, Guitar Ensemble, and—new this year—Modern Band concerts will take place 7:00–10:00 pm, November 9, and the Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band concerts will begin at 9:30 am, November 10. The concerts are open to the public.

Hayley Jones is an 11th grader at Huntingtown High School in Calvert County, Maryland.  Hayley is involved in many extracurricular activities at school such as; Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Honor Society, Vice President of the Student Government Association, Executive Board Member of Calvert Association of Student Councils (CASC), President of the HHS Environmental Club, member of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society and The International Thespians Society, a Huntingtown High Varsity Cheerleader, and Huntingtown High Storm Leader.

Hayley has had a passion for singing ever since middle school.  The past few years at Huntingtown High she has auditioned and been a part of All-County Honors Chorus, Tri-County Honors Chorus, Junior All-State Honors Chorus, Senior All-State Honors Chorus and Maryland Music Education Association (MMEA) Solo and Ensemble Chorus. She has also been a cast member for several Spring Musicals.  After graduation, Hayley plans to pursue music education in college.

The 2018 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Jazz Ensemble performed in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Bob O’Lary

Hayley was one of six students selected to represent the State of Maryland at the All-National Honors Ensemble.   

The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble (now in its second year), and modern band (new this year). Students were chosen through an audition process.

The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have 119 and 121 instrumentalists respectively, the jazz ensemble 20 instrumentalists, the mixed choir 240 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 41 instrumentalists, and the modern band 16 performers.

Selected students will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the direction of six of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu (Mixed Choir); Soo Han (Symphony Orchestra); Emily Threinen (Concert Band); Todd Stoll with Camille Thurman (Jazz Ensemble); Bill Swick (Guitar Ensemble); and Scott Burstein (Modern Band).

All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert.


David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...