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

Where a moment on stage

inspires a lifetime of excellence


2024 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 2025 event is open

March 1, 2025

"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". 

I wanted to let you know that we are getting a ton of publicity here in San Antonio.  We've been on the news, in the newspaper, received congratulatory letters from state leaders, and we are getting pictures taken with our mayor, recognized by our school board, and we have sports teams calling us wanting to recognize us at a game.  Anyway, it's providing a lot of positive recognition for the kids, for our program, and for music education in our city.   


Just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity.  The Orchestra Cup has had a big impact here.  I just wanted to let you know what you've created and helped make happen.


Take care and be well,

Kevin Garcia-Hettinger
Orchestra Director

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