Who Should Attend?

Middle and high school orchestras who are looking to gain performance experience and recognition on a national level, learn from prominent clinicians in the strings community, and have fun making music with thousands of fellow string players!

High School Competition
Middle School Competition

Full Orchestra
String Orchestra
Youth Orchestra

Competition and Ratings
Ratings and Comments
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Applications Are Now Open for the 2021 National Orchestra Festival
March 3 - 6, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky

Apply today. Applications are due by April 15, 2020.

Why Invest?

  • National recognition to showcase in your community.
  • Build relationships with students and directors from around the country.
  • Receive valuable written and recorded comments from leading adjudicators.
  • Personalized post-performance clinic for your orchestra with a notable clinician.
  • Access to a national strings conference with 100+ strings vendors.
"My group grew musically and socially on this journey to the National Orchestra Festival stage, and many of my students have expressed the trip to the NOF event was the best orchestra trip they have been a part of." -Director, Mona Shores High School Chamber Orchestra