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.
2020 BOCH Festival Important Documents
2020 BOCH Festival Letter - TBD
2020 BOCH Festival Results (TBD): Wind Ensemble & Honor Band | String Orchestra | Choir
2020 BOCH Festival Participant & Director Packet (TBD)
2020 BOCH Festival Payment Portal and Attendance Confirmation (TBD)
2020 BOCH Festival Participant Audition Music & Practice Tracks (TBD): Wind Ensemble & Piccolo | String Orchestra | Choir
2020 BOCH Festival Concert Day Instructions (TBD)
Finale Concerts Information
The official hotel for the 2020 Festival is TBD.
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 2020 will be Dr. Karen Fannin, UNO Director of Bands. For part assignment audition music, please click the appropriate instrument (TBD): Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone
Students should prepare the bracketed sections (TBD).
The Honor Band conductor for 2020 will be Dr. Joshua Kearney, UNO Assistant Director of Bands. Any accepted flute players interested in auditioning for a piccolo spot can find their audition music here (TBD): 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.
Violinists that have been selected to audition for a principal designation, you may find your music here (TBD).
The Honor String Orchestra conductor for 2020 will be Dr. Matthew Brooks, UNO Director of Orchestras.
Dr. Derrick Fox, UNO Director of Choral Activities, will conduct the 2020 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 (TBD).