January 24 -- 26, 2014
Application deadline: TBA
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 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.
Housing is provided by the University at the Holiday Inn Downtown at 9th and O Streets to those students that request it on the application form. University School of Music students will serve as chaperons. The Saturday evening meal will be provided. All other meals are the responsibility of the participants. Many fast food and other restaurants are within easy walking distance of the campus. Students may commute from home to the School of Music if they wish.
All festival participants will be charged a small registration fee payable after the audition results are announced.
The recital will feature all festival participants performing their chamber ensemble music. It is scheduled for Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall. Parents, teachers and friends are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee.
Festival Finale Concert
The Festival Finale Concert is Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall. The concert features the Honor Band, the University Wind Ensemble and the Festival Symphonic Band. Parents, teachers and friends are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee.
A dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Downtown Holiday Inn. Festival participants are required to attend at no charge. Band directors of participants may also attend the banquet if they desire. Parents of festival participants may attend for a nominal fee (to be determined).
A reception for festival participants, teachers and families will be held in Westbrook Music Building following the chamber recital on Saturday evening.
School of Music Audition Dates
Senior students planning to major or minor in music at the University are strongly encouraged to schedule an audition for admission and scholarship awards on January 18, 2013 (morning only). Registration for admission to the School of Music is available online. The School of Music has another audition weekend scheduled for February 22-23, 2013.
Tentative Festival Schedule (subject to change)
8:30 AM to 10:45 AM Festival check-in and School of Music auditions for high school seniors intending to major or minor in music at UNL.
11:00 AM Recital for School of Music candidates and all Festival participants in Kimball Recital Hall
NOON Lunch on your own
1:30 PM Honors Wind Symphony rehearsal
2:45 PM Chamber Ensemble rehearsals
4:00 PM Festival Symphonic Band rehearsal with the UNL Wind Ensemble
5:00 PM Check in at the hotel and dinner on your own
6:30 PM Chamber Ensemble rehearsals
8:00 PM Honors Wind Symphony rehearsal
9:45 PM Hotel residents return to room; commuters free.
8:00 AM Chamber Ensemble dress rehearsals
11:00 AM Master classes with School of Music faculty
NOON Lunch on your own
1:30 PM Wind Ensemble rehearsal (festival participants encouraged to attend)
2:00 PM Festival Symphonic Band rehearsal
3:30 PM Honors Wind Symphony rehearsal
6:00 PM Festival dinner at Holiday Inn Downtown
7:30 PM Chamber Ensemble Recital in Kimball Recital Hall (free admission; open to the public)
9:45 PM Reception for festival participants, families and teachers
10:45 PM Hotel residents return to room; commuters free.
9:00 AM Honors Wind Symphony rehearsal
10:00 AM Lunch on your own; check out of hotel
12:15 PM UNL Wind Ensemble dress rehearsal
1:00 PM Festival Symphonic Band dress rehearsal
1:45 PM Honors Wind Symphony dress rehearsal
3:00 PM Finale Concert in Kimball Recital Hall (free admission; open to the public)
4:30 PM End of festival