Winter Festival

A comprehensive musical honors festival for high school brass, woodwind and percussion players.

Festival dates: February 4th through 6th, 2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applicants must begin an application by 11:59 PM on Friday, December 3, 2021. Applicants have until 11:59 PM on Monday, December 6, 2021 to finish and submit the application form.

The Winter Festival is a unique concert band and chamber ensemble festival for high school students. 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 after reading this information thoroughly, please email the Band Office or call 402/472-2505.


The University is committed to providing appropriate accommodations to guests with disabilities. In order to ensure that appropriate arrangements can be made, guests with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations must contact the Band Office at 402-472-2505 at least three weeks prior to their scheduled arrival on campus. Westbrook Music Building is accessible to persons with disabilities.


We are seeking brass, woodwind, and percussion students. The age range is freshman through senior in high school. Please see the Winter Festival audition preparation page for details.

The Winter Festival for Winds and Percussion Honor Band.


Housing is provided by the University at a Lincoln hotel to those students that request it on the application form. Glenn Korff 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 Glenn Korff School of Music if they wish.

Festival Fee

There is a $5 submission fee for the on-line application process. All festival participants will be charged a $25 registration fee payable after the audition results are announced.

Chamber Ensemble Performance Workshop

The Chamber Ensemble Performance Workshop will feature all festival participants working with their chamber ensemble coach in a workshop setting. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook Music Building. Parents, teachers and friends are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee for this event.

Festival Finale Concert

The Festival Finale Concert is on Sunday, February 6 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 for the finale concert.

Saturday Evening Dinner

An informal dinner will be provided to Festival participants at no charge on Saturday, February 6.


A reception for festival participants, teachers and families will be held in Westbrook Music Building following the chamber workshop on Saturday evening.

Glenn Korff 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 Friday, February 4 (morning only). The Glenn Korff School of Music has another audition day for brass, woodwinds and percussion on Saturday, February 19.

Glenn Korff School of Music Undergraduate Audition Information

The Winter Winds Faculty:

Have questions about the Winter Festival?

Contact the Band Office at or call 402/472-2505

If you have any questions about your choice of solo and etude, please feel free to email the appropriate Glenn Korff School of Music professor of your instrument so they can further advise you.