Orchestra of Distinction Application

Welcome to the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s (OPO) 31st Season! As part of the 31st season we are delighted to announce the return of the Orchestra of Distinction program and on behalf of the OPO, I would like to extend a warm invitation for your school to participate.

The High School Orchestra of Distinction program was developed to showcase the excellent musicianship and instructors of Central Florida high schools, while also providing valuable insight from our professional musicians to inspire and delight our community’s students. We are excited to also include Middle School this year.

OPO musicians and Education Committee members will serve as part of an adjudicator panel throughout the entire process, providing valuable encouragement, support and feedback on each school’s written application, anonymous sound samples, and live performances.

Middle and High school orchestras from all over Florida are eligible to apply for the program. Four orchestras will receive the honor of being named the HS/MS Orchestra of Distinction and the HS/MS Orchestra in the Wings. With these awards, both schools will receive partnering opportunities with the Orlando Philharmonic and recognition on stage at our final concert of the season.

Each group will submit a completed application and attach 2 recordings of select works. All materials and an application fee of $100 are due by February 16, 2024. Checks can be made payable to Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (425 North Bumby Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803). Semi-finalists will be announced by end of February.

Thank you for your interest in applying! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to working with you.

Amy Conrod
Director of Education and Community
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
407.896.6700 ex. 232

Please read the video submission instructions before completing the application form.

Video submission instructions

  • 2024-2025 Orchestra of Distinction Application

    Thank you for your interest in the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's High School Orchestra of Distinction program! Please answer all application questions to the best of your ability. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Education & Community Amy Conrod at 407.896.6700 ext. 232, or aconrod@orlandophil.org.
  • Section 1: School Information

  • Section 2: Orchestra Information

    Please provide the following information about your orchestra enrollment. If possible, please provide non-duplicated numbers for your orchestra students.
  • Recording

    All applicants must submit a recording of 2 select works. Please include your YouTube links to each recording.
  • Date and Time

    Please provide us with 3 possible dates and times in March that we could conduct our live adjudication.
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  • If selected as a winner, you and your students will be invited to attend the OPO concert on April 27/May 12, 2024 to be recognized.

    Must be paid by February 16, 2024.