Middle Level Honors Orchestra

(updated 8/27/2022)

Important Dates:

October 14 - Audition Upload Window OPEN on GetAcceptd (link will be posted once we are accepting Applications)

November 4 at 9 P.M. - Application and audition site closes

February 17, 2023 - Rehearsal at Maranatha Hall at University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Roseville - map

February 18, 2023 - Rehearsal and Performance at MMEA Midwinter Clinic

The Middle Level Honors Orchestra is for students in grades 7-9. The best string players from the state will join together for a rehearsal on February 17 at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul in Roseville and a performance on February 18, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at the Minneapolis Convention Center as part of the MMEA Midwinter Clinic.

We are delighted to have Minnesota native Tanner Otto joining us as this year’s guest conductor. Tanner holds a degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University and currently teaches orchestra at Sycamore Community Schools (Cincinnati). Since arriving in Sycamore, the orchestra program has increased by 55% in the last four years. A violist and violinist, he started improvising and playing eclectic styles early in his music career. A strong advocate of technology and improvisation, Tanner has developed lesson plans that use GarageBand, BandLab, Noteflight to help students practice, compose songs, and build their improvising skills. He has presented these ideas at conferences across Ohio, including at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference and the Ohio State String Teacher Workshop. Nationally, he has presented at the ASTA National Conference and the Midwest Clinic. In 2022 Tanner was named to Yamaha Music’s list of “40 under 40” Music Educators and the Ohio String Teachers Association’s Young Teacher of the Year.

Tanner is a 2015 graduate of Moorhead High School in Minnesota and was a member of the MNSOTA Middle Level Honors orchestra in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Tanner began arranging pop tunes for string orchestra twelve years ago. Since then, he has continued arranging and composing for various ensembles from string quartet to full orchestra. Tanner is excited to be published with Alfred Music Publishing.

- Download the document at bottom of page for registration details and audition instructions.

- Download the fillable form at the bottom of the page to help collect all the information required for the registration process. For example -- make one copy of the form for each student who will be auditioning; fill in your director information and email to the parent for them to fill in their information.

Make sure to read the steps of application process carefully! There were changes the last time our event took place. While intended to make the process easier, don't miss an important step!

Step 1 — Log in or Sign up on Acceptd.

    • To help you assemble all the required information from the student/guardian/teacher, A PDF fillable-form is available for download below.

Step 2 — Complete application and media upload

    • All personal information entered into GetAcceptd will be hidden from the judges to allow for anonymous judging.

Step 3 — Payment

When you check the Status of your application, "Continue" means something is still missing. "Submitted" means all application materials are complete.

Principal's digital signature required.

If your student is accepted into the MLHO, there is one final step: All emails entered into the GetAcceptd application will receive a link for the student’s school principal (or homeschool equivalent) to fill out. The principal’s digital signature is required for all students participating in the event. The principal will only sign if the student is in good standing with the school. No student will be allowed to attend the event if their principal’s digital signature is missing. Payments for participation and the digital principal’s signature must be received by Friday, January 20, 2023.

MP3 Recordings of Honors Orchestra Concert 2022

are available in the folder below.

You may download the recordings, or listen from your browser. (As of April 2022, Mac users should use Google Chrome, as it seems the MP3 files won't play from Safari.)