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 27-29, 2017
2017 BOCH Festival Important Documents
Updated Results: Wind Ensemble | Honor Band | Honor Orchestra | Honor Choir
Choral Music PDF/Practice Tracks: Click Here
Attendance Confirmation: Click Here
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 official hotel for the 2017 BOCH Festival is the Staybridge Suites at 78th and Dodge. They have reserved blocks of rooms at a discounted rate ($94 studio suite/$104 one-bedroom queen suite). Their phone number is 402.933.8901. Reservations must be received by Monday, January 9, 2017 to be booked in the group block and receive the discounted rate.
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 2017 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, Horn, Trombone
The Honor Band conductor for 2017 will be Dr. Joshua Kearney, UNO Director of Athletic 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.
Performance copies of all String Ochestra music may be found here: Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass. The repertoire selected for the String Orchestra is the Serenade, Mvt. IV (Tchaikovsky) and the Concerto in G Minor (Vivaldi).