This is the second installment of a new chapter in our Student Features series on the blog that we will be posting leading up to the 2017 Music for All National Festival, presented by Yamaha. Music for All will be featuring three honor ensembles (Honor Band of America, Honor Orchestra of America, and the Jazz Band of America) at the Music for All National Festival, March 9th through March 11th. We look forward to getting to know all of these wonderful students who have been accepted into these prestigious ensembles!


Name: Megan Savage

Hometown: Port St. Lucie, FL

School Name: Homeschool

Instrument: Cello

Which Ensemble Are You In?
Honor Orchestra of America

What made you decide to apply to be a part of the ensemble?
The opportunity to perform with students from all over the country and with outstanding conductors.

What are three things you’ve learned from being involved in band or orchestra?
Music is a universal language that can be used to communicate with everyone, regardless of beliefs, cultures, age, and interests. Music can also reflect every human emotion, becoming a way to speak without words. It is a skill that you will carry with you the rest of your life.

Most memorable moment in band or orchestra?
Performing Dvorak’s 8th Symphony in the Straz Performing Arts Center.

Besides band/orchestra, what are you involved in at school?
I enjoy taking science, foreign language, and being the representative for the medical laboratory technologist club.

What’s your favorite song or piece of music?
Passacaglia by Handel

Favorite ice cream flavor?

What’s your favorite non-music related hobby or past time?
Improvisational abstract sketching

What’s one piece of advice you’d give a friend who needs some inspiration or motivation?
Whatever you find your hand to do, do so with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10a

What’s your current plan for what you want to do after graduating high school?
Major in music performance, and possibly biological science.

Have you participated in MFA/BOA events before? Which ones?
Honor Orchestra of America, 2015 & 2016.

Tell us something interesting/unique about you:
I am a first degree black belt in taekwondo.