Orchestra Cup National Championship
Orchestra Cup
Orchestra National Championship
Orchestra Cup
Orchestra Cup

inspires a lifetime of excellence

Where a moment on stage


2020 National Champion




The Event

In the heart of New York City at the elegant Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, The Orchestra Cup - National Orchestra Championships is held annually to crown the top school orchestra in the nation.  


Each performance is adjudicated by renowned orchestral professionals and educators from around the nation.  Every orchestra will receive recognition for their dedication and commitment to their art.  The Grand Champion is the recipient of the prestigious Orchestra Cup!


There is no better setting for aspiring young musicians to showcase their talent. It is on this stage that many professional performers fulfill their dreams of performance excellence and now your orchestra has such an opportunity! Register now to begin making arrangements for your participation in this historic event.

This exclusive program is an invitation only event. Only the nation's top orchestra programs are invited to participate. If you feel your program has reached this high level of performance excellence and have not been invited, you may apply for evaluation and review by our selection committee. A determination will be made as to whether or not your program qualifies to participate in this National Championship event. 

Registration for 2022 event is open

March 19, 2022

"In my thirty years of conducting orchestra, I have never seen as well orchestrated a festival as this one. If you have the opportunity to participate you will not want to pass this by... Your students will be inspired as they perform on this amazing stage and as they enjoy the performances of the best school orchestra programs in the world".