Band, Orchestra, and Choir Honor (BOCH) Festival
UNO's School of Music created the BOCH Festival in 2007. While most institutions hold separate honors events for each ensemble, the BOCH Festival combines these groups to host an event that brings more than 350 high school students from across Nebraska and the Midwest to work with nationally renowned clinicians. This unique experience culminates with a performance at UNO's Community Arena.
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.
January 29-31, 2016
Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Master. Please click here to purchase online, or tickets can be purchased at the door.
Tickets are $15 in advance. Tickets purchased the day of the concert at the doors will be $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
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 2016 BOCH Festival.
Students who audition for the BOCH Festival Bands will be placed in one of our two ensembles, the Honor Wind Ensemble or Honor Band. Students will get to work with UNO faculty, attend rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts during the festival.
The Honor Band conductor for 2016 will be Dr. Joshua Kearney, UNO Athletic Band Director.
The Wind Ensemble conductor for 2016 will be Dr. Karen Fannin, UNO Director of Bands.
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. Prof. Barry for will be the conductor of the 2016 Festival.