DCPS Honor Ensembles


The DCPS Honor Ensembles will return this year at the event date of March 25 & 26, 2022! We will feature hundreds of DCPS students from all 8 wards. In partnership with Washington Performing Arts, DC Honor Ensembles will feature an elementary instrumental components as well as a secondary ensemble.


Friday & Saturday, March 25 & 26, 2021 



  • Elementary Go-Go Workshop (see below)

  • Secondary instrumental students 

Deadline to nominate your students: Extended to January, 2022

DCPS Elementary Honor Ensembles x Finding Rhythm: A Journey Through The Musical Brain 

Finding Rhythm: A Journey Through The Musical Brain is an educational curriculum for elementary students, based on the children's musical that fuses brain science with an original score inspired by Washington DC's Go-Go music. A Growing Brains Production featuring D.C. artists, Finding Rhythm teaches children how rhythm grows the brain, builds skills in listening, empathy and cooperation, and helps them find the source of their individual power and their connection with community.

Sign up below to enroll in the "Mini PhD" for one of your classes (3rd-5th grade), which include 3 in-person sessions during 3 consecutive weeks with Dr. Jessica and master teaching artists, West African dancer Sylvia Soumah.

After the "Mini PhD," your class will be invited to perform the final song "Soul. Beat. Connection" in the 2022 DCPS Honor Ensembles!

Teacher Composer

Honor Ensemble will feature a short piece (under 4 minutes) written by our very own DCPS Composer(s). The composer can be one of our music teachers or the music teacher leading his/her group of composition students. By featuring our DCPS composer(s), we celebrate the talent of both teachers and students. 

Your work will be commissioned by the Washington Performing Arts (WPA). Two composers/conductors will be selected for this project.