Winter Festival Final Instructions

Information for Participants

The Glenn Korff School of Music faculty are looking forward to working with you during the festival. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding three days of music for all of us. A final reminder – please have all the music well under your fingers by the time you arrive. There is no time for you to learn the parts when you get here. Since virtually everything you do is one on a part, you must approach everything you play as if it was a solo – please prepare it as such! Have a safe trip to Lincoln, and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Band Office at 402/472-2505 or e-mail

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The Winter Festival schedule was updated on January 21st (rehearsal location site changes only).

Download the Revised 2020 Winter Festival Schedule

The Winter Festival honor band roster was updated on December 17th.

Download the 2020 Winter Festival Honor Band Roster

The Winter Festival Chamber Ensemble roster was updated on January 21st (repertoire title added to percussion ensemble).

Download the 2020 Winter Chamber Ensemble Roster

See you on January 24!

Registration Fee

A $25.00 festival registration fee must be sent to the Band Office postmarked by Friday, December 13, 2019. Make checks payable to UNL. Download the payment form from the link below. Complete and return this form and your check or money order to the Band Office. The address is on the form.

Download the Winter Festival Payment Form


Those of you that requested housing will be staying at the Graduate Lincoln hotel at 141 North 9th Street. The University will pay for the room, however, any incidental charges such as room service will be your responsibility. Glenn Korff School of Music students will serve as counselors and will remain on the hotel floors while festival participants are in residence. Also, a University staff member will be on call at all times. The Graduate Lincoln hotel is within walking distance of Westbrook Music Building and Kimball Recital Hall. There are many fast food restaurants within easy walking distance of the music buildings and the hotel. Check in at the hotel will take place on Friday, January 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. We’ll store your luggage in a secure location in Westbrook Music Building until the check in time. Be sure to mark your bags with at least your name using a luggage tag. Please note that a colored ribbon is not a luggage tag. The counselors will be available to help move luggage from the music building to the hotel. However, remember that you’ll be carrying your luggage so pack accordingly. Only those that have previously reserved housing space can be accommodated. Check out will be on Sunday, January 26 no later than 11:00 a.m. You may store your luggage in Westbrook Music Building until after the finale concert.


Overnight guests at the Graduate Hotel can self-park in their garage for $15.00 per day. Valet parking is $17.00 per day. Participants that are not staying in the hotel should use one of the downtown parking garages. Please see the Park and Go web site for more information. Note that parking fees are the responsibility of participants.


You will be responsible for the following meals: Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Fast food and full service restaurants are within easy walking distance of Westbrook Music Building and Kimball Recital Hall. The hotel’s full service restaurant would be the best choice for Sunday breakfast since most downtown restaurants won’t be open at that time. Please bring sufficient cash with you to pay for these meals.

Festival Dinner

The Festival Dinner (mandatory attendance for festival participants) will be held at The Graduate Lincoln hotel (see the schedule for the time.) There will be no charge for festival participants. Parents and/or guardians, family members and friends that wish to attend are welcome, but they MUST contact the University Band Office at 402.472.2505 or to reserve a seat. Admission to the banquet for non-festival participants is $25.00 per person and may be paid for at the door. Reservations for non-festival participants must be made by noon on Friday, January 10, 2020. Late reservations cannot be accepted.

Check-in at Westbrook

Please check-in at the Band Office (room 101) Friday morning (see the times on the schedule.) Note that the Glenn Korff School of Music is holding auditions on Friday as well as hosting the Winter Festival. There will be many people and activities taking place throughout the weekend. Individuals that requested housing must take their luggage to room 23-1 Westbrook Music Building (on the lower level) BEFORE going to room 101 for check-in. A festival staffer will be available to help. Please note that anyone wishing to audition for admission into the School of Music MUST have an audition appointment. You can schedule an audition on-line (see the link below.) Call the Glenn Korff School of Music at 402/472-2503 if you have a question regarding your audition request.

Go to Glenn Korff School of Music Undergraduate Admissions Page

Glenn Korff School of Music Recital

We’ll begin the Winter Festival with a welcome recital at 11:15 a.m. in Westbrook Recital Hall (room 119 WMB.) All festival participants must attend. Parents and band directors may also attend. There is no admission charge. The program will feature select student and faculty performances.


The Winter Festival provides a unique opportunity for students to participate in a masterclass (or group lesson) with a Glenn Korff School of Music faculty member. Each festival participant must bring one solo piece of your choice to the masterclass. Please be prepared to play the solo during the session.

Finale Concert

The Finale Concert is on Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 PM in Kimball Recital Hall. The concert will feature the Winter Festival Honor Band and the University Wind Ensemble. Admission is free and is open to the public. Parking is available (at audience expense) in the city's downtown parking garages.

Concert Dress

Concert dress for ALL FESTIVAL performances (chamber ensemble workshop and festival finale concert) is long-sleeved, mid-calf or longer length dresses (or dressy pants suits) for the women, and sport coat and tie (or suit) for the men. If you would like to bring a change of clothes for the performance on Sunday, it will be possible for you to change in Westbrook before the concert. University faculty and students, your family, friends and band directors are invited to the Chamber Ensemble Workshop and the Finale Concert. A reception for Festival participants, family members, and Festival faculty is scheduled for Saturday evening in Westbrook Music Building following the Chamber Ensemble Workshop. All Winter Festival performances are free and open to the public.


The finale concert will be recorded. Order forms will be included in your check in packet. The price for the recording is not yet available.