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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.