Music Honors Weekend


The Washington and Lee University Music Honors Weekend is an event designed to celebrate the musical accomplishments of outstanding high school juniors and seniors. The event includes the opportunity to perform in one of three honor ensembles, to interact with W&L music faculty, staff, and students, and to participate in musical breakout sessions and events.


Event Details

  • Date: January 28-30, 2021
  • Venue: Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
  • Who: Outstanding High School Juniors and Seniors
  • Cost: $120 plus round trip travel to Lexington, Virginia
  • Schedule of Events (tentative)


Audition Details

Audition details will be posted by late August, 2020.

  • To audition for the Honor Choir: Upload audio or video of yourself performing two contrasting selections, ideally in different languages. 3-5 minutes total
  • To audition for the Honor Band: Upload audio or video of yourself performing two short contrasting selections. No more than 3 minutes total.
  • To audition for the Honor Orchestra: Upload audio or video of yourself performing two short contrasting selections. No more than 3 minutes total.

To Audition (Due Friday, October 25, 2019)



Contact Dr. Christopher Dobbins


What former participants say about MHW...

"I learned an immense amount of technique and made incredible connections with fellow prospective students, W&L students, and faculty."

"Dr. Lynch's pre-concert speech had to be one of the most profound choral moments I have ever experienced; I was moved by the passion and caliber of his delivery. This weekend taught me that choir at W&L focuses on much more than signing, but rather care of the whole person. It was an honor to sing with such a fine group of people and I felt privileged to have the opportunity."

"I got a lot out of the woodwind masterclass and would definitely take it again."

"I greatly enjoyed Intro to Music with Dr. Gaylard. When I told him I played French horn he invited me to present to the class!"

"Dr. Ahlhorn is a very talented brass player and instructor. He was excellent, and I am so excited to be able to work with him next year."

"I felt welcomed as a potential W&L student and appreciated the trust placed in us and the freedom that was allowed. Every encounter I had with someone on campus was just wonderful from my host's apartment-mates to those I passed on the Colonnade (the Speaking Tradition is real!)--even the support staff--were wonderful. W&L students are real genuine, caring, and trustworthy people. It was great to see the Honor System in effect as I was able to leave my things without worrying about whether they would be there when I returned."