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2023 Governors Honor Festival

February 23-25, 2023

Govs Honor Festival 2023

We are delighted to announce the resumption of our annual Honor Festival for both band and orchestra students. Our newly relaunched festival will feature a 9-12 band, a 7-8 band and a 7-12 string orchestra. This year’s clinicians are Dr. Erin Bodnar (Director of Bands at the University of North Florida), Dr. JT Womack (Director of Bands at Mars Hill University) and Toru Tagawa (Artistic Director/Conductor of the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra).


Tuesday, December 13 – Applications open

Thursday, January 26 – Deadline for applications

Tuesday, February 7 – Notification of acceptances

Friday, February 17 – Deadline to finalize registration

Thursday, February 23 – 2023 Governors Honor Festival Begins

Seating auditions within sections will be held on Thursday, February 23 from 5-7pm. Ensemble rehearsals will continue through 9:30pm that day. Friday’s rehearsals will take place from 9am until 9pm with a special afternoon concert featuring both the APSU Symphony Orchestra and the APSU Wind Ensemble. Saturday activities will start at 9am with the closing concert beginning at 1pm.

An application for our events must be initiated by the student. Your director or private teacher must be indicated and will be contacted to complete your application. If you are notified of selection, you will have until February 17 to complete your registration, including the $40 nonrefundable registration fee, which does include two meals on Friday.

Below you will find a link that will take you to a Google form to complete your application.

The following link will take you to the application form:


All applications must be received by 5pm on Thursday, January 26.

As explained in the section above, applications will be initiated by the individual student. As part of that application, they will provide contact information for a director or private teacher, who must complete the brief recommendation in order for the student to be considered. The director or private teacher will be prompted to complete their recommendation on January 27th, 2023.


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