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Orchestra Directors – Annual Membership

The California Orchestra Directors Association exists to promote school orchestras in California by providing quality honor orchestra experiences for school orchestra students, facilitating an exchange of instructional strategies and ideas for the school orchestra director, and providing a forum and community for school orchestra directors.

Become a member today (2022-23 memberships begin on July 1st) and help take an active role in supporting students, educators, and school orchestra programs across the state of California. 

Click here to view membership class information and here to join the organization or renew your membership.


2022 December CODA Results

Thank you to all of the students who auditioned for this year’s December CODA Honor Orchestras!  Follow the links below to see this year’s rosters and for participant information . Please note that there are two tabs, one for each ensemble.

2022 CODA Honor Orchestra Concert Information:
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Wilson Middle School Performance Hall
3838 Orange Ave
San Diego, CA 92105
Concert begins at 1:00 PM
The concert is free.  Be sure to invite friends and family!
The school parking garage will be open for guests attending the concert.


2022/23 Audition Excerpts and Applications

All auditions excerpts and applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now available online by following the event links below.

CODA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

CODA serves to promote school orchestras in California by providing quality honor orchestra experiences for school orchestra students.  Music continues to be a vehicle to bring our communities together in the ongoing effort to end systemic racism, discrimination, and injustice. We believe that our students deserve respect and representation inclusive of race, religion, socio-economic status, sexuality, and gender identity. CODA also facilitates an exchange of instructional strategies and ideas for the school orchestra director and provides a community and forum for school orchestra directors. We pledge to center the discussion of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our ensembles, classroom culture, and music libraries.

Our goal is to help increase access to quality orchestral experiences for all students. Our proposed long-term plans toward increased diversity, equity, and inclusion include:

1. Conductor Diversity
2. Repertoire Recommendation for Honor Orchestras
3. Financial Barriers for Honor Orchestra Participation
4. Teacher Education Regarding Diversity
5. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair & Resources

Click here to learn more about our initiatives.


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2022-23 CODA Events

December CODA Honor Orchestras
December 2-3, 2022
San Diego, CA
December CODA Honor Symphony Orchestra, Michael Gerdes, Conductor
Mothership by Mason Bates
Huapango by Pablo Moncayo
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius
IV. Finale
December CODA Honor String Orchestra, Dr. Alexander Kahn, Conductor
Ferial, from Estampas Mexicanas by Jose Elizondo
Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok
St. Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst
Movements 1, 3, and 4

CODA All-State Honor Orchestras
February 16-19, 2023
Fresno, CA
CODA High School All-State Symphony Orchestra, Gisèle Ben-Dor, Conductor
Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams
Sensemaya by Silvestre Revueltas
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 by Ludwig van Beethoven
II. Scherzo
CODA High School All-State String Orchestra, Dr. Mark Laycock, Conductor
Starburst by Jessie Montgomery
All Things Majestic by Jennifer Higdon
II. String Lake
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Hoe-Down from Rodeo by Aaron Copland
CODA Junior High School All-State String Orchestra, Dr. Angela Ammerman, Conductor
Farandole (from “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2”) by Georges Bizet, arr. by Merle J. Isaac
Pride of the Highlands by Katie O’Hara LaBrie
Of Glorious Plumage by Richard Meyer
A-Flat by Black Violin, arr. by Larry Moore
Choreography by Norman Dello Joio
CODA Junior High School All-State Concert Orchestra, Adrian Gordon, Conductor
Symphony No. 1 by Joseph Bologne, arr. by Todd Parrish
High Rise by Adrian Gordon
Love Endures by Sarah Ruff
Tango Loco by Reynard Burns
Flight by Susan H. Day
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Francis Caravella


CODA Board and General Membership Meetings

October 8, 2022- CODA Board Meeting
December 3, 2022- CODA Board and General Meetings, San Diego, CA
February 16 or 17, 2023- CODA Board and General Meetings, Fresno, CA
June 3, 2023- CODA Board Meeting