Band, Orchestra and Choir at the Holland (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.
2015 BOCH Festival Infomation
Personnel is linked below under the ensemble sections.
Chair Placement Auditions
Click here for the audition music.
About BOCH Honor Bands
Students who audition for the BOCH Festival Bands will be placed in one of our two ensembles, the Honor Wind Ensemble or Honor Band. The conductors this year will be Dr. Karen Fannin, UNO Director of Bands, for the Wind Ensemble and Mr. Matthew Arau, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, for the Band. Students will get to work with UNO faculty, attend rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts during the festival.
Chair Placement Auditions
Click here for principal chair audition music.
About BOCH Honor Orchestra
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.
Choral Music and Rehearsal Tracks
Each choral participant is responsible for providing his/her own choral scores for the festival. Rehearsal tracks (.mp3) of choral repertoire can be downloaded from here.
The choral selections are:
- G.F. Handel: "Sing Unto God" from Judas Maccabaeus | PDF available here
- Maurice Durufle: “Ubi Caritas” from Quatre Motets Durand (distributed by Hal Leonard) HL50561414
UNO can provide some copies if you have trouble finding it but please try to locate copies. Email Shelby VanNordstrand at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will need to borrow UNO copies.
- Dan Forrest: Good Night, Dear Heart Hinshaw HI.HMC2220
- Jeffrey Ames: I Can Feel the Spirit Colla Voce 15-95460
About BOCH Honor Choir
Michael Hanawalt, Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Wichita State University will conduct the Honor Choir at BOCH Festival 2015. This three-day event will include rehearsals of the Honor Choir, a UNO Faculty Showcase recital, concerts featuring the UNO Ensembles and other fun activities.
Tickets for the Final Concert on Sunday, January 25, 2015 can be purchased from TicketOmaha by phone (402)345-0606, by Box Office at 13th & Douglas Street at the Holland Performing Arts Center, or click here.
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.
The BOCH Festival and The UNO School of Music have arranged with a number of local hotels to provide excellent rates for you and your students during your stay in Omaha for the 2015 BOCH Festival.
We are pleased this year to have the support of our “Official Hotel” for this year’s BOCH Festival - The Staybridge Suites.
The Staybridge Suites have been a strong supporter of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and we strongly encourage you to patronize them during your stay here. They are offering Studio Suites at $96 per night and 1 Bedroom Suites at $106 per night. In addition, the Staybridge has wonderful amenities including an indoor pool and complimentary breakfast buffet each morning. For further information on amenities, click here.
To book your rooms, please call the Staybridge Suites directly at 402-933-8901 and refer the “UNO BOCH Festival”.
Several other are hotels have also offered rates for the BOCH Festival including:
Residence Inn West Dodge | 402-553-8898
Residence Inn Aksarben Village | 402-551-8000
Holiday Inn Express | 402-343-1000
Should you have questions about rates for these hotels, you may contact them directly.