The College Orchestra Directors Association invited the Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra to perform at its 2017 national conference in Washington, D.C., in February.

James Holleman, music department chairman, announced Monday that the association selected Hillsdale’s orchestra from other applicants around the country through a blind audition process, so it did not consider any information about the college’s music program or the college itself.

“I’m thrilled, I’m humbled, I’m excited, and I’m scared,” Holleman said.

Holleman had submitted recordings selected from the orchestra’s four concerts performed during the 2015-2016 school year.

At the conference, the orchestra will play an hour-long concert. The association also invited an orchestra from Tulsa University, and the two groups will combine to participate in a conducting master class.

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Katherine Scheu
Junior Katie J. Read is the assistant editor for the Culture page of The Hillsdale Collegian. When she's not working in the newsroom or reporting on a story, she's reading either French literature or backlogged feature stories on the Pulitzer prize website. After graduation, she hopes to write feature stories for a large daily paper and invest in a KitchenAid mixer and a puppy.