Band, Orchestra and Choir at the Holland (BOCH) Festival
2015 UNO BOCH Festival
Though a rigorous audition process, high school musicians from across Nebraska and surrounding states are selected to come together and perform with other musicians at one of Omaha’s premiere performance venues. Students have the opportunity to work with UNO Music faculty and students as well as guest clinicians in both masterclass and rehearsal settings. It is a fun-filled weekend of music making and learning with other talented musicians.
The 2015 festival will take place January 23 and 24, 2015 with the final performance at the Holland Performing Arts Center on January 25.
Students who audition for the BOCH Festival Bands will be placed in one of our two ensemble, the Honor Wind Ensemble or Honor Band. Students will get to work with UNO faculty, attend rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts during the festival.
Woodwind and brass:
- Length: 4 to 5 minutes.
- Scales: Chromatic scale covering the entire range of the instrument and two major scales.
- Solo repertoire: Chosen from standard solos or standard etudes written for the instrument (or a combination of both).
- Repertoire selected should include at least two contrasting styles and tempo changes.
- Length: 4 to 5 minutes
- Solo repertoire: chosen from standard solo repertoire with contrasting sections, or contrasting etudes that are written for the instrument from at least two of the following areas: snare, keyboard percussion (mallets) and timpani.
- These audition recordings will be used for both ensemble selection and part assignments.
See the BOCH Festival Band Letter for more information.
String students throughout the Midwest participate yearly in the UNO BOCH Festival Orchestras. These students have the opportunity to work with UNO faculty and guest clinicians to perform great repertoire, as well as attend concerts and masterclasses throughout the weekend.
- Solo/Etude- Students who auditioned for their respective All-State Orchestra may submit those recordings. All others should play a standard etude or solo (2-3 minutes) that reflects the technical level of the student.
- Scales- In addition to the above each instrument should play the following major and minor scales (at least 2 octaves, more if possible).
Violin - Bb, f#
Viola - F, b
Cello - F, b
Bass - A or Bb, f#
See the BOCH Festival Orchestra Letter for more information.
Two choirs are hosted each year at BOCH Festival, a mixed chorus and a women's chorus. This three-day event will include rehearsals of the Honor Choirs, a UNO Faculty Showcase recital, concerts featuring the UNO Ensembles and other fun activities.
- Student will announce his or her name and voice part
- Sing the ascending and descending major scales appropriate to voice part. Scales should be sung unaccompanied on the vowel “ah” as in father. Only the starting pitch should be played.
- Sing “My Country ‘tis of Thee” (America). Sing only the first verse unaccompanied starting on the appropriate pitches listed below. Only the starting pitch should be played.
- Solo: Sing one minute of a range-appropriate folk song, art song, or aria; accompanied or unaccompanied. The solo piece should be carefully chosen to demonstrate tone quality and musicality required of a choral singer. If accompaniment is used please limit the intro to five seconds or less. Clearly state the title of the prepared solo and the name of the composer/arranger.
See the BOCH Festival Choral Letter for voice part ranges and more information.
Tickets for the Final Concert on Sunday, January 25, 2015 can be purchased from TicketOmaha by website www.ticketomaha.com, phone (402) 345-0606, or box office at 13th & Douglas Street at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
NOTE: Photography or audio/video recording is NOT permitted in the Holland Performing Arts Center. Links to recordings of the concert are made available to students on the UNO Music Department website following the final concert at no additional cost.