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 Participant Audition Music & Practice Tracks:
- Oboe - NEW
- Alto Saxophone
- Orchestra Principal Audition Instructions | Music for Performance
Finale Concerts Information
The official hotel for the festival is:
7825 Davenport St., Omaha, NE
Studio Suites $89.00
1 Bedroom Suites $109.00
2 Bedroom Suites $169.00
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 Band conductor for 2020 will be Dr. Joshua Kearney, UNO Assistant Director of 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 masterclassess throughout the weekend.
The Honor String Orchestra conductor for 2020 will be Dr. Matthew Brooks, UNO Director of Orchestras. Performance music available for download here.