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 the Holland Performing Arts Center.
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 27-29, 2017
2017 BOCH Festival Information
Finale Performance Recording (coming soon)
Picture of Finale Performance (coming soon)
Finale Concert & Ticket Information
The Finale Concert will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center at 1:30 P.M. on Sunday, January 29, 2017.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Omaha through the following methods:
Box Office: Located at the Holland Performing Arts Center
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 2017 will be Dr. Joshua Kearney, UNO Director of Athletic Bands.
The Honor Wind Ensemble conductor for 2017 will be Dr. Karen Fannin, UNO Director of Bands.
String students throughout the Midwest participate yearly in the UNO BOCH Honor Orchestra. 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 Ford for will be the conductor of the 2017 Honor Orchestra.