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Spring Strings

February 24-25, 2017 · WESTBROOK MUSIC BUILDING

Deadline: February 12, 2017

The Spring Strings Honors Orchestra is offered at no cost to students who are invited or nominated. To nominate a student to participate, please contact Dr. Hans Sturm: hsturm2@unl.edu

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Bohuslav Rattay

GKSOM Spring Strings Honors Orchestra

With special guest conductor Bohuslav Rattay http://www.bohuslavrattay.com/.

Czech conductor Bohuslav Rattay is a busy ambassador for classical music, working with orchestras across the globe to produce symphonic works of all kinds to a diverse audience. The newly appointed Music Director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra also serves as Music Director for the Midland Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra. As he gains a reputation as one of the finest young talents of his generation, Mr. Rattay combines impassioned and virtuosic musicianship with a determination to bring great music into the lives of all people.

Mr. Rattay holds degrees from the Prague Conservatory, Rice University and the Peabody Institute of Music. He names Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, Benjamin Kamins, and Neeme Jarvi as his most influential teachers.

Bohuslav divides his time between the United States and Europe, always continuing his quest to find new ways to bring great music into the lives of people on both continents.

About Spring Strings

The Sixth Annual Spring Strings Festival will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students will work directly with UNL’s award winning string faculty including members of the Grammy Award-nominated Chiara String Quartet, Albany Records recording artist David Neely, Lincoln Symphony Principal Violist Clark Potter, cellist with the Trio Nuovo and Concordia String Trio Dr. Karen Becker, and EMI and Innova recording artist Dr. Hans Sturm. Students attending the festival will have the opportunity to perform in a string orchestra, receive chamber music coaching from members of the Chiara Quartet, and perform in solo masterclasses with the UNL string faculty.

Applications/Festival Acceptance

To attend the Spring Strings Festival, students must either be invited or nominated by their private teacher or orchestra conductor. Students must complete the on-line registration form by the application deadline: February 12.


The final rehearsal of the Spring Strings Festival Orchestra will be recorded and an MP3 of the recording will be sent to all the participants.

Junior students: Are you interested in majoring or minoring in music? If so, check out the audition requirements for the Glenn Korff School of Music.


Tentative Festival Schedule (subject to change)

Friday, February 24, 2017 *
9 AM Festival Registration
10 AM Orchestra Rehearsal
11 AM UNL Student Recital
NOON Lunch Break
1 PM Orchestra Rehearsal
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Master Classes
5 PM Dinner on your own
7 PM Faculty Recital
Saturday,  February 25, 2017
9 AM Practice
10 AM Orchestra Rehearsal
11 AM College Talk
NOON Brown Bag Lunch
1 PM Master Classes
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Orchestra rehearsal
3:30 PM Orchestra final rehearsal and recording
* February 24 is an Undergraduate String Audition Day and students wishing to audition may do so and participate in Spring Strings 


Questions? Contact Dr. Hans Sturm, 239 Westbrook Music Building, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68588-0100 hsturm2@unl.edu