Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival 2020

Just a reminder that nominations for the 13th annual Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival are open now – November 4!

The annual Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival provides rewarding music experiences for middle and high school band and orchestra students and directors. Nationally recognized guest conductors and UMKC faculty host a full schedule of concerts, master classes, and professional clinics, offering in-service time and personal growth. The festival is hosted by UMKC Conservatory faculty members Steven D. Davis and Joseph Parisi.

This year’s Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival will take place on the UMKC campus January 17-19, 2020. All students must be nominated by their orchestra or band director in order to be considered for the festival. Nominations for students are open on our website: https://info.umkc.edu/cmda-mhbo/nominations/

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, November 4, and our acceptance list will be posted on Monday, November 11. If you have any questions about nominations, please call or email Elizabeth Valle (816-235-5448 / vallee@umkc.edu).



  • Festival dates: January 17 – 19, 2020
  • Nominations open: Now – November 4, 2019
  • Acceptance list posted: November 11, 2019
  • Registration opens: November 11, 2019
  • Registration deadline: December 16, 2019


Tuition is set at $160 per student, which is due at the time of enrollment. Tuition includes:

  • Rehearsals with renowned band and orchestra conductors
  • Performance by UMKC Conservatory Students
  • Finale Performance in White Recital Hall
  • All meals taking place during Festival Hours
  • Festival T-Shirt

For students accepted into the festival from outside the KC Metro, a list of suggest hotels and links to discounted room rates will be available in the Student Information Packet.


For comprehensive details, visit us online: <info.umkc.edu/cmda-mhbo>, give us a call at 816-235-5448, or email our Festival Coordinator Elizabeth Valle (vallee@umkc.edu).

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JOIN US for an inspiring weekend of growth!