Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E 1st St, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, United States

(918) 853-1561

Celebrating the 40th Season of the Tulsa Honors Orchestra!


Tulsa Honors Orchestra first rehearsal on Monday, September 9, 2019!

The Tulsa Honors Orchestra

Additional Information

TULSA HONORS ORCHESTRA (THO) is in its 40th year of providing excellent string instruction to youth string players, as well as providing numerous fantastic performance opportunities. THO regularly performs at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Kilkenny's Irish Restaurant, McNellie's Irish  Restaurant, the Tulsa Promenade Mall, the Mayo Hotel, and Holiday Mart at Expo Square. 


THO is comprised of 3 orchestras: Tulsa Honors Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra and the Debutante Orchestra. THO meets at the Jazz Hall of Fame from 4:30-5:30pm every Monday. The Debutante Orchestra, for beginning sight reading students,  also meets from 4:30-5:30pm. The Chamber Orchestra is a more challenging orchestra, which stays for an additional hour, from 5:40-6:30pm.

     Other Performances for the 2018-19 season will include the annual Irish Street Festival Performance at Kilkenny's on March 17, the Mayo Hotel Holiday Performance in December benefitting CAN, the Child Abuse Network, and a Young Composer's Concert in the Fall, in which original student compositions are performed with our Orchestra.

    THO music directors are Jody Naifeh, the THO founder, and her daughter, Karen Naifeh Harmon, Violinist & Composer. THO coaches include Austin Pendergrass, cello coach, Missy Townsend, viola coach, Jocelyn Khalaf, violin coach,  Kyle Wagner, string bass coach, Lexy Harmon & Mercy Rose, Debutante Orchestra Coaches. 

THO is pleased to announce our generous grant from the Oklahoma Art Council for the 2018-2019 year. THO is also appreciative of our generous grant from the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation. We also would like to thank the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame for the use of their amazing Hall and all their support! We could not do this without the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame!

Select programming is made possible in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

AUDITIONS:  Held at the end of August each year. Auditions are an important part of learning to play in an orchestra - THO auditions are a relaxed process of evaluating a students sight reading and playing abilities. Be prepared to play a 1, 2 or 3 octave scale, a solo or etude of your choice (need not be memorized) and we will have each student sightread orchestral excerpts to determine the correct placement of each student in an orchestra. Sept 3, 2018 is Labor Day - no rehearsal that day. THO will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 9, 2019.

THO Rehearsals are 4:30-5:30pm.

Debutante Orchestra Rehearsals are also 4:30-5:30pm, Chamber Orchestra is 5:40-6:30pm. 

AUDITIONS for next year will be held the last Monday of August for students with last names A-L, which is Monday, August 26, and the last Thursday of August for students with last names M-Z, which is Thursday, August 29.   Auditions are held from 4:30-6:00pm at the Jazz Hall. 

Please email Karen Harmon at kakaroo1@yahoo.com

THO Rehearsals are held at the Jazz Hall of Fame downtown Tulsa, 111 East 1st street, parking at lower level is free after 5:00pm or you may drop your student off at the circle drive at the upper level just before 4:30pm for rehearsals.

TUITION: (Payable to "THO")

One orchestra: $85 per semester, or $170 per year.

Two orchestras: $120 per semester, or $240 per year. 

(For students in both THO and Chamber orchestra.)


Tulsa Honors Orchestra, the Jazz Hall Mondays 4:30-6:30pm


Tulsa Honors Chamber Orchestra

The Tulsa Honors Chamber Orchestra (Advanced Orchestra Students) had the opportunity to perform a Side by Side Concert with the Tulsa Signature Symphony July 3, 2018! The original composition "Catapult"by Karen Naifeh Harmon was commissioned by Erica Parker, of the Tulsa Signature Symphony. 


Tulsa Honors Orchestra at Kilkenny's St Patrick's Day

Each year, the Tulsa Honors Orchestra performs Irish Fiddling at the Kilkenny's Street Festival for St. Patrick's Day!


Summer Camps 2019

The Tulsa Honors Orchestra holds summer camps at the Naifeh Ranch to keep students motivated and performing year round!

Twinkle Camp: May 29, 30 & 31, 10:00am-1:00pm.  Cost $125 per student. 

Coyote Mountain Advanced Quartet Camp: June 3-7, 2019. Mon-Thur 9:30am-2:30pm, Friday Performance at Jazz Hall, arrive 10:45am, Perform 11:00am-12:00pm. Cost: $175 per student. 

Coyote Mountain Intermediate Orchestra Camp: June 10-14, 2019. Mon-Thur 9:30am-2:30pm, Friday Performance at Jazz Hall, arrive 10:45am, Perform 11:00am-12:00pm. Cost: $175 per student. 

Blue Jello Beginning Sight Reading Orchestra Camp: June 17-21, 2019. 

Mon-Thur 9:30am-2:30pm, Friday Performance at Jazz Hall, arrive 10:45am, Perform 11:00am-12:00pm. Cost: $175 per student. 

Beatles Camp: July 15-19, 2019. 

Mon-Thur 9:30am-2:30pm, Friday Performance, Venue To Be Determined.  Arrive 10:45am, Perform 11:00am-12:00pm. Cost: $175 per student. 


Karen Naifeh Harmon and Jody Naifeh Suzuki Lesson Calendar

Suzuki Violin Recital, students of Karen Naifeh Harmon and Jody Naifeh, 2018.


Summer / Fall Schedule 2018:

Jody Naifeh, Karen Naifeh Harmon & Lexy Harmon Suzuki Violin Lessons

JULY 2018

July 9-14      Lessons, 1st week

July 16-21    Lessons, 2nd week

July 23-28    Lessons, 3rd week

July 30-Aug 1 Group Week, 4th week


Aug 6-11     Lessons, 5th week

Aug 13-18   Lessons, 6th week

Aug 20-25   Lessons, 7th week

Aug 27=29   Group Week, 8th week

AUGUST Extra info:

Aug  2, 3,4   Beatles Camp Workshop

Aug 27 & Aug 30 THO Auditions, 

Jazz Hall


Sept 3   Labor Day, No lessons: 

(Makeup for Monday  students 11/19)

Sept 4-8    Lessons, 9th week

Sept 10-15    Lessons, 10th week

Sept 17-22    Lessons, 11th week

Sept 24-26   Group Week, 12th week

SEPTEMBER Extra info:

Sept 10    1st Rehearsal, THO at Jazz Hall, 4:30 -5:30pm THO & Debutante

5:40- 6:30pm Chamber


Oct  1-6    Lessons, 13th week 

Oct 8-13   Lessons, 14th week

Oct 15-20  Lessons, 15th week

Oct 22-24  *Group Week, 16th week

*At groups, you can dress up for Halloween if you want!

OCTOBER Extra info:

Oct TBA TAMTA Festival Postmark Deadline


Oct 29-Nov 3   Lessons, 17th week

Nov 5-10          Lessons, 18th week

Nov 12-17        Lessons, 19th week  

Nov 19       Lessons for Monday Students only    

Nov 20-24    Thanksgiving Break, No Lessons 

Nov 26-Dec 1    Group Week, 20th week

NOVEMBER Extra info:

Nov Date TBA  TAMTA Festival, ORU

Nov TBA   Sunday: Woodland Hills or Promenade Mall Performance.

Perform TBA: Suzuki Twinkle and Book 1 Students.
Perform TBA: Tulsa Honors Orchestra
Wear: Holiday Outfits, Santa Hats, etc!
Bring your own Music STAND!


Dec 3-8             Lessons, 21st week

Dec 9                 Rescheduled Mall Performance to Dec 16!

Dec 10-15          Lessons, 22nd week

Dec 16                Group Performance at Promenade Mall (instead of Group Week)*

Dec 17-22         Lessons, 23rd week

Dec 24, 2017 - Jan 6, 2019 Holiday Break, Happy Holidays!

DECEMBER Extra info:

*Sunday, December 9, 2018 - confirmed.

Promenade Mall Holiday Performance:

Arrive 12:00pm. 

Perform 12:15pm-12:40pm: Suzuki Violin Twinkle Group through Suzuki Book 1

Perform 12:45pm-1:30pm: Tulsa Honors Orchestra.

Wear: Holiday Colors, Reindeer and Christmas Hats, etc.


Dec 23, Sunday: confirmed. Arrive 2:30pm, 3:00pm-3:50pm THO and Chamber, 4:15-5:00pm Chamber Orchestra. Mayo Hotel Performance for Tulsa Honors Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Debutante Orchestra is performing the Holiday songs with THO.

Dec 24, 20178- Jan 6, 2019:  Holiday Break, Happy Holidays!

Lessons begin again Jan 7, 2019.

Jody Naifeh, Karen Naifeh Harmon & Lexy Harmon Suzuki Violin Lessons

Spring Schedule 2019


Jan 7-12      Lessons, 24th week

Jan 14-19    Lessons, 25th week

Jan 21-26    Lessons, 26th week

Jan 28-30    Group Week,  27th week

JANUARY Extra info:

Jan TBA   Young Musicians Postmark Deadline

Jan TBA    Sat: ORU Young Musicians Audition & Recital


Feb 4-9         Lessons, 28th week

Feb 11-16       Lessons, 29th week

Feb 18-23     Lessons, 30th week

Feb 25-27    Group Week, 31st week

FEBRUARY Extra info:

Feb TBA         District Achievement Postmark Online Deadline

MARCH 2019

Mar 4-9      Lessons, 32nd week

Mar 11-16     Lessons, 33rd week

Mar 18-23     No Lessons (Spring Break)

Mar 25-30    Lessons, 34th week

MARCH Extra info:

March TBA: District Achievement at ORU (judged song with Theory Test, and qualifier for State Achievement. Parents must bring $25 CASH to be paid at District to sign up for State with proper score.)

Mar 16 or 17- date to be confirmed.

Arrive 11:00am, Perfrom 11:30am-12:30pm. THO Irish Fiddling Performance, Kilkenny’s. Wear green/ bring a stand! Arrive TBA.

March  Postmark Deadline: TAMTA Senior/Camp Scholarships Date TBA


Apr 1-6     Lessons, 35th week

Apr 8-13     Lessons, 36th week

Apr 15-20   Lessons, 37th week

Apr 22-24   Group Week, 38th week

APRIL Extra info:

Apr date TBA Sunday: Hyechka Student Recital 2:00pm. Auditions immediately following. TU Meinig Hall at Lorton Hall.

Apr TBA 

 TAMTA Senior/Camp Scholarship Auditions.

April TBA Group Recital: Jazz Hall of Fame, 

5 S. Boston, Tulsa 74103. Arrive 5:00pm, Perform 5:30-7:00pm. Recital Fee: $25 per family.


Apr 29-May 4   Lessons, 39th week

May 6-11            Lessons, 40th week

May 13-18          Lessons, 41st week

May 20-22        Group Week, 42nd week

MAY Extra info:

May 13, Monday, Suzuki Group Recital, to be confirmed, Jazz Hall. 

May 17 & 18, State Achievement Auditions, OU in Norman, OK

JUNE 2019 


May 29-31: Twinkle Camp

June 3-7  Advanced Camp: Coyote Mountain Quartet Camp

June 10-14: Intermediate Camp: Coyote Mountain Orchestra Camp

June 17-21 :Blue Jello Sight reading Camp

July 15-19  Beatles Camp


JULY 2019

July 8-13      Lessons, 1st week

July 15-19 Beatles Camp

July 20-Aug 10 Karen will be in Ochsenhausen for a Composer Institute.


Aug 12-17   Lessons, 2nd week

Aug 19-24  Lessons, 3rd week

Aug 26-28   Group Week, 4th week 



Let's Connect

Do you have a string instrument student looking to join a string orchestra? Please contact Karen Harmon at kakaroo1@yahoo.com to set up an audition. 

Tulsa Honors Orchestra

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E 1st St, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, United States

(918) 853-1561

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