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Celebrating the 40th Season of the Tulsa Honors Orchestra!

Tulsa Honors Orchestra first rehearsal on Monday, September 10, 2018!

The Tulsa Honors Orchestra

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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.


TUITION:

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

FALL SEMESTER 2018



Monday, September 3, 2018


No Rehearsal (Labor Day)




Monday, September 10, 2018


1st day Rehearsal (Tuition Due)




Monday, September 17, 2018


Rehearsal


 

Monday, September 24, 2018


Rehearsal 




Monday, October 1, 2018


Rehearsal 




Monday, October 8, 2018


Rehearsal




Monday, October 15, 2018


Rehearsal




Monday, October 22, 2018


Rehearsal

 

Monday, October 29, 2018


Rehearsal


Monday, November 5, 2018


Rehearsal




Monday, November 12, 2018


Rehearsal


 



Monday, November 19, 2018


Rehearsal




Monday, November 26, 2018


Rehearsal



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


Rehearsal

 

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.


SPRING SEMESTER  2019




Monday, January 7, 2019


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




Monday, January 14, 2019


Rehearsal 




Monday, January 21, 2019


No Rehearsal (Holiday: Martin Luther King Day)




Monday, January 28, 2019


Rehearsal




Monday, February 4, 2019


Rehearsal




Monday, February 11, 2019


Rehearsal




Monday, February 18, 2019


No Rehearsal (President's Day)




Monday, February 25, 2019


Rehearsal


Monday, March 4, 2019


Rehearsal 




Monday, March 11, 2019


Rehearsal 

(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.



AND:
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


Rehearsal




Monday, April 1, 2019


Rehearsal




Monday, April 8, 2019


Rehearsal




Monday, April 15, 2019


Rehearsal


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.

SUZUKI LESSON CALENDAR 2018-2019

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




AUGUST 2018


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




SEPTEMBER
 2018

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




OCTOBER
 2018

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




NOVEMBER
 2018

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!




DECEMBER
 2018

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




JANUARY 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




FEBRUARY 2019


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
 



APRIL
 2019

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.




MAY
 2019

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 

SUMMER CAMPS


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


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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




AUGUST 2019


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 


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