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What are the Virtual Honor Ensembles?

The 2019 IMES Virtual Honor Ensembles | presented by SmartMusic | are collaborative ensembles created by overlapping recorded performances by select students in North America.

In other words: it’s a completely new way for students to engage in performance, to challenge themselves in a new format, one beyond the stage, one that requires development of modern music skills: rehearsing, auditioning, recording, and collaborating.

In 2019 students can opt to try out for the Concert Band or String Orchestra.

Have more questions? Yeah, you do! Scroll down to learn more….

How do the Virtual Honor Ensembles work?

It’s actually quite simple.

Students Audition

Students audition using the SmartMusic platform, and when accepted, they learn the music for the performance.

Record and Submit

They then record their best performance of the literature and submit it, using SmartMusic

Recordings Synced

We take all of the recordings and combine them into a single performance, which will be showcased during the 2019 International Music Education Summit

Collaboration + Education

Students who are accepted into the Virtual Honor Ensembles will also be invited to join a private Facebook group where they can ‘meet’ the other performers and be treated to exclusive Live Stream clinics by outstanding musicians around the world.

Have More Questions?

We have the Answers:

Why Should Students Participate?


The Virtual Honor Ensemble Experience is unlike any other opportunity for students to excel.

Through this process, students will…

• Gain the bragging rights of being part of this innovative experience

• Learn the challenging audition music, which may push their skills to a higher level

• Experience a wider variety of music than they may have in their school program

• Learn how to mic and record themselves, a 21st century music skill!

• Be provided instant  feedback on their practice and performance

• Gain access to exclusive education opportunities provided by Summit presenters

• Have their performance combined with that of other students throughout North America

• Be provided the opportunity to virtually connect with other students participating in the Virtual Honor Ensembles


Who Can Join the Virtual Honor Ensembles?

The Virtual Honor Ensemble experience is available to students who meet the following criteria:

• Are 13+ years of age and have parental permission to participate

• Currently enrolled in their school music program or are homeschooled and taking private lessons

• Live in North America

• Have access to a robust internet connection

• Sorry, if you’re graduated from high school, you are no longer eligible.

• You will need a Facebook account [or access to one] to join in the private group

What Type of Ensembles Are They?

For 2019 we have 2 ensembles: Concert Band and String Orchestra.


Do I Need Special Equipment to Participate?

Yes! You will have to sign up for a SmartMusic account, which is free, and you’ll want to invest in an external microphone for your computer.

THIS is a good example of a USB microphone you can use with your computer.

Though video is not required, we’d LOVE to have a video of you playing your music so we can include it in the final performance.

Is There a Fee to Participate?


The 2019 IMES Virtual Honor Ensembles are presented by SmartMusic, and all of the audition materials and performance repertoire is gratis.

You can thank us by spreading the word to your friends, family, and music teachers!

Who are the Ensemble Directors?

We’re currently recruiting music educators who might want to be the ‘director’ of an ensemble. If you’re interested, email Elisa: [email protected]

What is the International Music Education Summit?

The International Music Education Summit stemmed from a group of school music teachers who could neither afford the registration expenses associated with attending their state or national conferences, let alone the travel and time off it would cost as well.

Our thought was: there must be a better way to learn great information to help us in our teaching careers without all of the cost of time and travel to attend a traditional conference!

Enter, the online classroom! By hosting a conference [or summit, if you will] entirely online, attendees and presenters can connect from anywhere in the world with a robust internet connection!

By hosting it online the operating expenses are relatively low and conference registration fees can reflect that.

Our goal is to host the ultimate 3-day professional development experience for music educators around the world.

By offering virtual SWAG bags, presentations from summit sponsors, live sessions and chat, as well as archived footage of sessions, we will be offering many of the same incentives and benefits of attending a live conference, but with the ability to attend in your pajamas from anywhere in the world, and even to virtually attend sessions that have already happened!

For sponsors this offers a unique opportunity to connect with 100% of the attending audience via email and digital communications.

To stay in touch, opt into our email list: CLICK HERE

To become our educational partner, contact us HERE.

To apply to become a presenter, CLICK HERE. 

How Will the Concert Work?


Once all of the student’s performances are combined into one, we’ll have a track that is simply outstanding- a virtual concert combining the sounds of students from all over North America!

This virtual concert will be presented during the 2019 International Music Education Summit. The concert times are currently TBA.

These performances will be ticketed and open to the public, not for the exclusive viewing/listening of the Summit participants.


Ready to get started?

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