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Strings at UNO
The UNO String Area is dedicated to student success and meeting the individual educational, musical, and technical goals of each student. Students perform and engage with K12 students throughout the Omaha metro and the state of Nebraska through novel engagement and educational programs like Partners in Performance, a partnership with area schools and the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra. String students also participate in a thriving UNO chapter of NE American String Teachers Association.
In addition, our students perform frequently at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Healing Arts program as part of UNO’s Sound Health program and the Maverick String Quartet, UNO’s faculty quartet, is quartet-in-residence at the Cancer Center. String Area faculty are in demand as soloists and chamber musicians and have performed, adjudicated, and cliniced throughout NE and the world. The faculty host all-state help sessions every fall and post all-state help-session YouTube videos each fall.
The String Area proudly hosts over 250 K12 students for our annual String Olympics each spring. Most recently, the string faculty recently piloted Teaching Strings for the Non-String Player for area K12 teachers.
Undergraduate (B.M. Performance/Education; B.A. Music Studies)
String students should perform two pieces/movements of contrasting style.
Graduate (M.M. Performance)
Prospective graduate students should perform a program comprised of the following: 1) one movement of a concerto, 2) one movement of a sonata, and 3) one movement of solo Bach.
All-State YouTube Videos
Since the Fall of 2018, the UNO School of Music String Area has produced innovative all-state orchestra audition help session videos, created for high school string students across the state of Nebraska. The videos feature UNO string faculty giving feedback and tips on required all-state audition scales, etudes, and excerpts. Click the link below to be taken to the appropriate page:
The Maverick Quartet was founded in 2016 by UNO string faculty Drs. Mary Perkinson and Olga Smola, violins; Brian Sherwood, viola; and Gregory Clinton, cello. The members have established careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians and have performed throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia, and Asia. The quartet performs annual chamber music concerts and frequently perform with invited guest artists from Omaha and beyond.
The Maverick Quartet is dedicated to enriching the lives of young string players through pedagogy and artistry. They conduct frequent clinics throughout the state and co-founded Partners in Performance, nationally recognized and award winning and program that partners with Omaha Area Youth Orchestras and area schools to contribute to a culture of leadership and mentorship.
In addition, the quartet takes part in annual events to benefit the string community such as, String Olympics, All-State Help Sessions and All-State You-Tube tutorials, the workshop Teaching Strings for the Non-String Player, and the UNO BOCH festival. UNO’s Maverick String Quartet has been string-quartet-in-residence at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center’s Healing Arts program since 2018.
The UNO Maverick Quartet presents a mini-concert of Nordic folk songs arranged by the Danish String Quartet.
Nebraska HeartBeats contributes to the environment of care for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
The UNO Maverick Quartet partners with a neuropsychologist and a geriatric psychiatrist from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and a music therapist, to deliver virtual programing during the pandemic.
Nebraska HeartBeats is made possible thanks to support from UNO’s School of Music, College of Communications, Fine Arts & Media, Office of Research and Creative Activity, UNMC’s Department of Neurological Sciences, and the Nebraska Arts Council.
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Listen to the Maverick Quartet during our lobby performances at 12pm, 505 S. 45th St.
Learn more about how the UNO String Area brings together School of Music students and faculty through Sound Health; Bringing Music to Medicine
During the pandemic, UNO School of Music students find creative ways to contribute to the environment of care for patients and staff at Nebraska Medicine’s Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
Central high school orchestra students and UNO School of Music string players collaborate through a mentoring program where they find creative ways to contribute to the environment of care for patients and staff at Nebraska Medicine's Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
Sound Health and HeartBeats: The UNO School of Music String Area students and faculty find creative ways to contribute to the environment of care for patients, residents, and staff during the holidays.
Questions? Contact String Area Coordinator, Dr. Mary Perkinson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.