The Ohio All-Star Honor Orchestra is a competitive virtual orchestra consisting of the finest high school musicians from the state of Ohio. The purpose of the Ohio All-Star Honor Orchestra is to support Ohio school music programs by providing additional musical opportunities that are designed to supplement school ensemble activities. Students must continue to participate in their school's music ensemble program (where available). Students selected for this orchestra will engage in lessons, masterclasses, lectures, and workshops from internationally renowned artists, and will culminate in a professionally produced virtual orchestra performance.
Tuesday, October 13 - Friday, December 11
Application Material Due: October 5
Dr. Soo Han, Artistic Director and Conductor
Dr. Soo Han is the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music Director of Orchestral Studies, a contributing editor for Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements for Strings, a D’Addario Orchestral Strings artist, Conn-Selmer Educational clinician, a member of the board of directors of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the former director of orchestras and department chair of the William H. Duke Center for the Performing Arts at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana.
As an active conductor, he has appeared with Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State Opera Theatre, Michigan State Symphony Orchestra, Valparaiso University and Butler University Symphony Orchestra. He is an active conductor for all-state, regional and honor orchestras appearing in over 30 states and has conducted internationally in Austria, China and Australia.
- Julian Ross, violin
- Sam Rotberg, violin
- Lembi Veskimets, viola
- Regina Mushabac, cello
- Charles Carleton, bass
- Jody Guinn, harp
- George Pope, flute
- Daniel McKelway, clarinet
- Marisa Esposito, bassoon
- Jesse McCormick, horn
- Jack Sutte, trumpet
- Richard Stout, trombone
- Ken Heinlein, tuba
- Josh Ryan, percussion
SPECIAL TOPIC SEMINAR FACULTY
- Brendan Caldwell, conducting
- Clint Needham, composition
- David Pope, music education
- Andrew Machamer, music education
- Mark Sholl, All-Star Orchestra Manager
- Adam Sheldon, All-Star Program Director
- Julia Morreale, All-Star Student Intern
- David Price, Audio Engineer
- Damien Campbell, Video Engineer
The curriculum of the Ohio All-Star Honor Orchestra is designed to provide high school musicians with high quality musical instruction through a series of virtual rehearsals, sectionals, masterclasses, and private lessons. In addition, students will engage in special topic seminars with BW Conservatory faculty focused on conducting, careers in the arts, and music theory.
Sunghwan Choi Arirang Fantasy
Arturo Márquez Conga del Fuego Nuevo
Audition and Application
The application deadline is Monday, October 5, 2020, no later than 11:59 p.m.
In order to be considered, applicants must currently be in grades 9-12
and will need to submit:
- A completed application
- A recorded video audition
- A $25 application fee
Application Fee and Tuition
Students will first submit a $25 application fee via credit card or by check. This application fee is non-refundable. If paying by credit card, payment can be completed within the application or by calling the Community Arts School office at 440-826-7550. If paying by check, students must complete the application and audition and postmark the check no later than September 18. The application fee must be received in order for the student to be selected/participate in the orchestra.
Tuition to participate is $95 and can be paid via credit card or check. Tuition can be paid upfront or one of two credit card installment plans can be selected.
Limited financial aid is available. When completing the application, there is a field to indicate if financial aid is needed. This information is kept confidential and is not shared with those reviewing the audition.
Checks should be made out to: Baldwin Wallace University
Please mail your check to:
Ohio All-Star Honor Orchestra
Community Arts School
Baldwin Wallace University
275 Eastland Road
Berea, OH 44017
Questions? Contact the BW Community Arts School at:
EDU 565-PM-1: Conducting Virtual Ensembles and Experiences with High School Musicians
This professional development course is a companion to the Ohio All-Star Honor Orchestra and allows music educators the opportunity to develop strategies and techniques for successfully leading a virtual ensemble. Participants will observe rehearsals and sectionals, engage in pedagogical and musical conversations with Dr. Soo Han (Director of Orchestras at BW) and Dr. David Pope (Chair of Music Education at BW), and complete weekly activities that will provide greater insight into online platforms, curriculum development, and repertoire used during the Ohio All-Star Honor Orchestra.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Understand the technology needed to run a large virtual music ensemble
- Understand how to overcome the technical challenges of leading a large virtual music ensemble
- Develop rehearsal strategies for leading a large virtual music ensemble
- Develop pedagogical knowledge of secondary musical instruments
- Develop skills to engage secondary music students in the virtual setting
- Create a plan to manage, rehearse, and execute a large virtual music ensemble
Educators do not need to have students in the orchestra in order to participate.
Credit Hours: 1
Questions can be directed to Lisa Manning, professional development coordinator