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 10, 2018!

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, Becca Niles, Debutante Orchestra Coach. 

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 sightreading 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 10, 

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, and the last Thursday of August for students with last names M-Z.  Auditions are held from 4:30-6:00pm at the Jazz Hall. 

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.


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, Performances!

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

THO Calendar 2018-2019

Calendar Dates


Monday, September 3, 2018

No Rehearsal (Labor Day)

Monday, September 10, 2018

1st day Rehearsal (Tuition Due)

Monday, September 17, 2018



Monday, September 24, 2018


Monday, October 1, 2018


Monday, October 8, 2018


Monday, October 15, 2018


Monday, October 22, 2018



Monday, October 29, 2018


Monday, November 5, 2018


Monday, November 12, 2018



Monday, November 19, 2018


Monday, November 26, 2018


Sunday, December 2, 2018 - confirmed

Chamber Orchestra only: arrive St Paul's United Methodist Church 9:30am, perform 10:45am service. Wear: Black, or black and white. 1442 S. Quaker Ave. (down the street from Kilkenny's on 15th street) Bring your own Music stand.

Monday, December 3, 2018



Saturday, December, 2018  -  date to be confirmed

THO Performance at Holiday Mart at  UMACA Union HS Basketball Arena http://www.unionps.org/umac/

Arrive TBA, Perform TBA. Students enter free, Parents and family members will need to pay the door entry fee of $5. https://www.jltulsa.org/fundraisers/holiday-market/ 

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN STAND. Wear: Holiday colors, outfits, santa hats, reindeer antlers, etc!

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.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Dress Rehearsal

 Monday, December 17, 2018

Holiday Concert at Jazz Hall of Fame, ALL STUDENTS arrive 5:00pm to tune, Perform 5:30-7:15pm. Dress: Dressy in Holiday Colors. All students please

bring 1 dozen cookies for the Reception immediately following the Concert. 

Thank you!

Sunday, December 23, 2018 - confirmed.

Mayo Hotel Performance: for Debutante, Tulsa Honors and Chamber Orchestras.
Arrive: 2:30pm. both THO and Chamber Orchestras will perform 3:00-3:50pm, then Chamber Orchestra performs 4:00-5:00pm. 
Wear: Elegant dressy outfits. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN STAND. Christmas/Holiday colors or black and white. The Mayo Hotel will have Santa Claus and cookies! You may donate to the CAN Child Abuse Network as you get your pic with Santa Claus. 


CONCERTS: Concert Attire will be announced in the weeks preceding the concerts. Sometimes we wear concert black, sometimes we add holiday colors. Everyone please bring a plate of cookies to the Holiday and the Spring Concerts for our receptions. Thank you!  

After the December 23, 2018 Concert, there is a Holiday Break - No rehearsals until Jan 7, 2019.


Monday, January 7, 2019

1st Rehearsal  of Spring Semester (Tuition Due if splitting payments)

Monday, January 14, 2019


Monday, January 21, 2019

No Rehearsal (Holiday: Martin Luther King Day)

Monday, January 28, 2019


Monday, February 4, 2019


Monday, February 11, 2019


Monday, February 18, 2019

No Rehearsal (President's Day)

Monday, February 25, 2019


Monday, March 4, 2019


Monday, March 11, 2019


(Possible Rehearsal with Dr. Dicky from OSU - to be confirmed)

Saturday, March 16 or Sunday, March 17, 2019 - date to be determined:

THO Perform Kilkenny's for St Patrick's Day outside street Festival, arrive time:11:00am, Perform 11:30am-12:30pm, bring your music & stand & wear Green!

Irish fiddling music will be on the dropbox associated with Irish Session Club of Oklahoma on FB. Set list is on the dropbox.

Saturday, March 16 or Sunday, March 17, 2019 - date to be determined:

Chamber Orchestra only perform Arnie's, Arrive time:2:30pm, Perform 3:00-4:00pm, bring your music & stand & wear Green!

Irish fiddling music will be on the dropbox associated with Irish Session Club of Oklahoma on FB. Set list is on the dropbox. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

No Rehearsal (Spring Break)

Monday, March 25, 2019


Monday, April 1, 2019


Monday, April 8, 2019


Monday, April 15, 2019


Monday, April 22, 2019

Dress Rehearsal

DATE - to be determined:

Chamber Orchestra Only: Performance opening for Tulsa Signature Symphony Look In Rehearsal. Free and open to the public. Perform TCC PACE, 81st street and Hwy 169. Arrive: 5:00pm, TCC Orchestra rehearsal classroom. Perform 5:30-6:00pm, then stay to watch Signature Symphony at the PACE performance hall. Speaker: 6:30pm. Symphony rehearsal/performance 7:00-8:00pm. 

Monday, April 29 2019

Spring Concert at Jazz Hall of Fame, arrive 5:00 to tune, Perform 5:30-7:15pm. All students please 

bring 1 dozen cookies for the Reception immediately following the Concert. Thank you!

CONCERTS: Concert Attire will be announced in the weeks preceding the concerts. Sometimes we wear concert black, sometimes we add holiday colors. Everyone please bring a plate of cookies to the Holiday and the Spring Concerts for our receptions. Thank you!  

May date - to be determined

THO perform Star Spangled Banner at a Driller's baseball game.

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

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 

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!


Nov 26-Dec 1    Lessons, 20th week

Dec 3-8             Lessons, 21st week

Dec 10-15          Lessons, 22nd week

Dec 17-22         Lessons, 23rd week

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

DECEMBER Extra info:
Dec 3, (Date to be confirmed) Sunday Performance at St Paul's United Methodist Church, THO Chamber Orchestra & Advanced Students. 

Dec 10, Sunday:  (date to be 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 and Karen Naifeh 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     Group Week, 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, Sunday: Hyechka Student Recital 2:00pm. Auditions immediately following. TU Meinig Hall at Lorton Hall.

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

JUNE 2019 


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, 16, 17   Twinkle Camp

August 1-3, Beatles Camp


JULY 2019

July 8-13      Lessons, 1st week

July 15-20    Lessons, 2nd week

July 22-27    Lessons, 3rd week

July 29-31  Group Week, 4th week


Aug 5-10     Lessons, 5th week

Aug 12-17   Lessons, 6th week

Aug 19-24  Lessons, 7th week

Aug 26-28   Group Week, 8th 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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