Midwest Cup (Show Choir Competition) January 11, 2020 · Kimball Recital Hall

Midwest Cup

The Midwest Cup Showchoir Invitational is a full day of spectacular vocals and intense choreography, held in one of the premier venues for a show choir competition anywhere in the country. This year, approximately 800 musicians will gather to perform before 2,300 seats filled with enthusiastic listeners. The Midwest Cup provides an opportunity for some of the finest show choirs in the region to showcase their performances and compete against one another for the grand championship at the endof the evening. In the final analysis, while only one school will be named Grand Champion, everyone in attendance "wins," by being part of this full day of the highest level of this musical art.

Our competition is divided into four classes: Open Class, Festival (smaller schools), Prep, and Single Gender, with trophies for the top half of competitors in Festival, Prep and Single Gender, as well as awards for the Open Class ensembles who advance to finals.There are also awards for best male and female soloist, best band, best vocals, and best choreography. In past years, we’ve had schools from as far away as Texas, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Missouri, and the Chicago suburbs which makes for a great mix of groups performing during an incredibly rewarding day!

For further information and to secure an early spot, contact Pete Eklund at pae@unl.edu  for complete info.

Deadline: December 1, 2019
Related website:
Midwest Cup Homepage

Winter Festival January 24-26, 2020 · Westbrook Music Building

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The Winter Festival is a unique concert band and chamber ensemble festival for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The festival is designed to give participants an outstanding and comprehensive playing experience. Festival participants are chosen through a recorded audition process. Students attending the festival are involved in three different ensembles: an honor band; a chamber ensemble coached by one of the Glenn Korff School of Music's talented applied wind and percussion faculty; and a large symphonic band that combines the festival honor band with the University Wind Ensemble. Students also participate in a masterclass with the applied wind and percussion faculty.
If you have questions, please email the Band Office or call 402/472-2505.

Deadline: November 20, 2019
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Winter Festival

Double Reed Day February 15, 2020 · Westbrook Music Building

Double Reed Day

Featuring master classes and sessions with Glenn Korff School of Music professors Dr. William McMullen (oboe), Dr. Nathan Koch (bassoon), and Special Guest Artists.

  • * Master class with guest artists
  • * University of Nebraska-Lincoln Student sample recital
  • * Faculty and guest artist recital
  • * High School student masterclasses
  • * Reading sessions open to all participants

For more information about Double Reed Day, please contact Dr. William McMullen at wmcmullen1@unl.edu

Deadline: February 15, 2020
Related website:
Double Reed Day Homepage

Honors Spring Strings February 28-29, 2020 · Westbrook Music Building

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Honors Spring Strings will take place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students will work directly with UNL's Glenn Korff School of Music award winning string faculty.

  • work with an internationally renowned professional conductor
  • masterclasses with UNL’s award-winning faculty
  • faculty recital
  • college application and audition chat

The Spring Strings Honors Orchestra is by invitation or nomination only. To nominate a student to participate, please contact Dr. Hans Sturm: hsturm2@unl.edu

Deadline: February 13, 2020
Related website:
Spring Strings Homepage

Day of Percussion March 14, 2020 ·

Nebraska’s largest percussion event of the year will be hosted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Glenn Korff School of Music.

Deadline: March 14, 2020

Midwest ClariFest April 4, 2020 · Westbrook Recital Hall

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Midwest ClariFest at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, hosted by Dr. Diane Barger, Professor of Clarinet, is an outreach mission of the Glenn Korff School of Music’s Clarinet Studio that serves a community of state and regional clarinetists from junior high through college age, as well as teachers and band directors.

Throughout the day various clarinet-related activities are featured including:

  • a morning kick-off recital
  • master class sessions
  • informal discussions
  • performances by area clarinetists in the final Potpourri Recital

Hosted by Dr. Diane Barger, Professor of Clarinet.
The event will feature master classes and performances from Dr. Barger and special guest artists. 

Deadline: April 4, 2020
Related website:
Midwest ClariFest Homepage

Flute Day April 4, 2020 · Kimball Recital Hall

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Flute Day is here again! High school flutists will perform in morning master classes with Dr. Bailey, UNL professor of flute, and guest collegiate flutists perform in the afternoon master class. There will be a flute choir reading session for all participants (bring your flutes!) and a showcase recital featuring UNL flutists performing flute and piano and flute solo works. Requests to play in the master classes will be honored as received, with preference given to 11th and 12th graders and visiting college flutists. Younger flutists will be selected as space permits. Those selected to play in the master classes will be contacted.

For more information, please contact John Bailey, 402.472.2651 or  jbailey1@unl.edu

Deadline: April 4, 2020
Related website:
Flute Festival Homepage

Horn Boot Camp April 7, 2020 ·

The Husker Horn Studio is hosting a “Horn Boot Camp” at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Glenn Korff School of Music. This will run from 1:30pm-6:30pm and will cover a wide variety of topics, including playing as a horn section, basic horn maintenance, resources every horn player should know about, and most importantly to some, a masterclass on District Festival music where students can perform their District solo and get feedback.

Horn Boot Camp is completely free, open to all horn players and music teachers. This will be a fun afternoon, and everyone will surely learn and grow. If you have any questions about HornBoot Camp, email Alan Mattingly at amattingly2@unl.edu with the subject heading HORN BOOT CAMP.

Deadline: April 7, 2020

Viola Bash April 18, 2020 ·

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln viola students and viola faculty are hosting “The Viola Bash!,” a clinic for viola players of all ages. The experience will include learning stations where students can get help with reading treble clef, vibrato, spiccato bowing, scales, intonation, sound production and more, play rhythm games and generally have an all-around good time while realizing they are not alone!

The day will culminate with a performance in WMB 119 featuring students and faculty of the Glenn Korff School of Music. Then all clinic participants will collaborate on a performance piece. For more information, contact Clark Potter at cpotter1@unl.edu.

Deadline: April 18, 2020