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 will culminate in a performance at the newly-renovated Strauss Performing Arts Center on the campus of UNO.
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 25-27, 2019
2019 BOCH Festival Important Documents
Finale Concerts Information
Sunday, January 27, 2019
12:45 pm – String Orchestra and Choir Finale Concert
2:30 pm – Honor Band and Wind Ensemble Finale Concert
The official hotel for the 2019 Festival is the Staybridge Suites at 78th and Dodge.
They have reserved blocks of rooms at a discounted rate (rooms starting at $89).
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 2019 will be Dr. Karen Fannin, UNO Director of Bands. For part assignment audition music, please click the appropriate instrument: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone
Students should prepare the bracketed sections.
The Honor Band conductor for 2019 will be Dr. Joshua Kearney, UNO Director of Athletic Bands. Any accepted flute players interested in auditioning for a piccolo spot can find their audition music here: Piccolo (bracketed section only)
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. Dr. Matthew Brooks will be the conductor of the 2019 Honor String Orchestra.
Violinists that have been selected to audition for a principal designation, you may find your music here: VIOLIN
Dr. Derrick Fox, UNO Director of Choral Activities, will conduct the 2019 Honor Choir. This three-day event will include rehearsals of the Honor Choir, masterclasses, a UNO Faculty Showcase recital, concerts featuring the UNO Ensembles, and other fun activities.
Public domain choral music PDFs and/or practice tracks may be found by clicking here.
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