Chamber Ensembles 

  • Students have the opportunity to play small group chamber music and receive coaching from professional musicians.

Solo & Ensemble Festival 

  • All students play a solo with a professional pianist in the second semester.

Orchestra Winds/Percussion 

  • Select students are asked to perform alongside our Hersey Orchestras at their Winter and Spring concerts when they perform full symphony orchestra classical repertoire.

 ILMEA District 7 Honors Festival 

  • The most advanced students audition to perform alongside other advanced students from around the area in November.

 ILMEA ALL-STATE Honors Festival 

  • Every year we have multiple students from Hersey selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference in Peoria.

District 214 Honors Ensembles 

  • The most advanced students in the band program are selected to perform with the best instrumentalists in D214 at the D214 Honors Music Festival in early March.

Percussion Ensemble Festivals 

  • Percussion students perform at the Elk Grove Percussion Festival and put on their own Night of Percussion at Hersey in the spring.