Former Westerville Educator Todd Stoll to Conduct at All-National Honor Ensembles

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This year, six award-winning conductors, including former Westerville City Schools educator Todd Stoll, will lead the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) premier All-National Honor Ensembles (ANHE) in Orlando, Florida.  NAfME is pleased to announce the addition of a Modern Band ensemble to the ANHE program, and the Guitar Ensemble returns for its second year.

The nation’s most elite high school musicians will vie for the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a one-of-a-kind national music honors program.  The students must first compete at their local, district, and state level to become eligible for this distinguished honor.  On November 7–10, these exceptional musicians will gather at Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, to showcase their expert musicianship and perform a gala concert celebrating music education and the arts.

The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, and modern band ensemble, the newest ensemble for ANHE 2019.  The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 120 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble 20 instrumentalists, the mixed choir approximately 240 vocalists, the guitar ensemble 60 guitarists, and the modern band ensemble 20 musicians. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.  As many states do not have an All-State Guitar Ensemble, students who participate in their school's guitar ensemble program are permitted to apply for the All-National Guitar Ensemble.  Similarly, as many schools do not have modern band ensembles, students are permitted to apply for All-National Modern Band if they are sponsored by a NAfME member.  The audition deadline is May 3, 2019, at 11:59 PM Eastern daylight time.

Ensemble members will perform under the baton of six of the most prominent conductors in the United States. 

Todd Stoll will lead the 2019 All-National Jazz Ensemble.  Stoll has taught young musicians at every level, from elementary school through college.  His impact on public music education can be seen in his legacy at Central Ohio’s Westerville City Schools, where he served for 18 years as music teacher and for 10 years as music curriculum coordinator.  He has also served as Ohio’s president of the International Association of Jazz Educators and the inaugural chair of jazz events for the Ohio Music Education Association.  In 2011, Stoll became the Vice President of Education at Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) in New York City, which continues to afford him the opportunity to bring jazz education programs to thousands of people of all ages and socioeconomic levels.  Since he joined the organization, JALC has produced more than 10,000 education events in the United States and around the world.  Stoll holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University.  He currently serves on the boards of the Jazz Education Network where he is President; the New York City chapter of Most Valuable Kids; and the NAfME Music Education Policy Roundtable. Read more about Todd Stoll.

Emily Threinen, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota School of Music in Minneapolis, will lead the 2019 All-National Concert Band.

Director of Orchestral Activities at The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music Soo Han will lead the 2019 All-National Symphony Orchestra.

Tesfa Wondemagegnehu serves as the conductor of the Viking Chorus and the Chapel Choir at St. Olaf College.  He is also the guest artistic director of one of North America’s Largest LGBTQ+ choirs, Minnesota's One Voice Mixed Chorus.  Wondemagegnehu will lead the 2019 All-National Mixed Choir.

Bill Swick, now in his twentieth year teaching public school, currently teaches guitar for the twelve-time GRAMMY award-winning Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and is the Guitar Task Force Chair for Clark County School District in Las Vegas, the nation’s fifth largest public-school district.  Swick will lead the 2019 All-National Guitar Ensemble.

Scott Burstein, Director of Teaching and Learning at Little Kids Rock, will lead the inaugural All-National Modern Band this November 2019.

Read more about the NAfME 2019 All-National Honor Ensembles, guest conductor biographies, and how students may audition by visiting: and follow #ANHE2019.

National Association for Music Education, among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.  NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.  The Association has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. With more than 60,000 members teaching millions of students nationwide, the organization is the national voice for music education in the United States.