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 300 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 26-28, 2018
2018 BOCH Festival Important Documents
Finale Concert & Ticket Information
The Finale Concert will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center at 1:30 P.M. on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Omaha through the following methods:
Box Office: Located at the Holland Performing Arts Center
The official hotel for the 2018 Festival is the Staybridge Suites at 78th and Dodge. They have reserved blocks of rooms at a discounted rate (rooms starting at $79). Their phone number is 402.933.8901.
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 Wind Ensemble conductor for 2018 will be Dr. Karen Fannin, UNO Director of Bands. For part assignment audition music, please click the appropriate instrument: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, B-flat Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, F. Horn, Tenor Trombone
The Honor Band conductor for 2018 will be Dr. Joshua Kearney, UNO Director of Athletic Bands. Any flute players interested in auditioning for a piccolo spot can find their audition music here: Piccolo (same as W.E. music)
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 masterclassess throughout the weekend. Prof. Aaron Breid will be the conductor of the 2018 Honor Orchestra.
Public domain choral music PDFs and/or practice tracks may be found by clicking here.
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