Camps & Workshops

Here you can find a list of the UNK Music Departments workshops and camps. To view more information about a specific camp simply click on it.

Sounds in the Summer Marching Band Camp


Schedule & Check-in

The clinic runs from July 9th – 11th. Registration check-in is between Noon and 2:15pm in the main lounge at Mantor Hall (see campus map at You may request a specific roommate prior to July 1st through email or phone contact with the camp director, Dr. Duane Bierman (contact information below). No room changes will be made at registration check-in. Commuters should check-in at this time as well, in time to attend the orientation meeting at 2:30pm in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building.


The cost of the clinic is $195 for resident students (covers room, board, and tuition) and $135 for commuters (tuition only). Linens will be provided for resident campers.

Evening Activities

Evening activities include dances and movies.

Final Showcase Performance

The clinic concludes on Friday, July 11th, with a final public exhibition performance at 7pm at Foster Field. Family and directors are encouraged to attend this performance. Dorm checkout takes place prior to the final performance. Luggage will be stored at the residence hall for pickup immediately following the final performance.

You can download a pdf of the full camp schedule below:Full Daily Schedule (pdf)

The Application Process

Registration for the clinic is online at

The deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 1st. Once a student registers, we will mail them the camp handbook, a copy of the daily schedule, and a medical form to return to us at registration check-in.

Questions concerning the clinic may be directed to Dr. Duane Bierman, UNK Director of Bands and Camp Director, through email at or by telephone at 308.865.8607

All-State Vocal Workshop

July 20, 21, 22, 2014

This three-day workshop is designed to help Nebraska secondary school singers achieve their goal of becoming members of the 2014 All-State Chorus.  Via group lessons, audition procedures, sectional rehearsals, and full rehearsals, participants will thoroughly prepare for the Nebraska All-State Chorus audition.

Each composition requires well prepared, technically proficient singers.  The physical intensity required, coupled with first-rate musicianship and vocal skills will make this an extremely demanding concert for any singer.

New This Year:  Registration must be done on-line.

Download the All-State Vocal Workshop flyer

Spring Piano Workshop

UNK's annual Spring Piano Workshop, a day-long event, has attracted talented piano students and teachers from throughout the region to participate in a wide range of activities including master classes, recitals, and workshop sessions focused on historical, technical, cultural, creative and interpretive aspects of piano performance and teaching. In addition, student participants have the opportunity to work with UNK piano faculty members in smaller master class sessions in preparation for recitals, auditions and competitions.

In recent years, the Spring Piano Workshop has featured a number of international guest artists including Gayla Foster: "The Piano Music of Francis Poulenc," Zsuzsa Balint: "Performance Preparation", Maurice Hinson: "Humor in Piano Music," Tony Caramia: "Jazz Pedagogy and Performance," Barbara Lister-Sink: "Wellness in Performance and Practice," Donna Lee: "Building the Bridge to Healthy Piano Technique," Phyllis Alpert Lehrer: "The Inner Game of Music," William Westney: "Un-Master Class," Dennis Alexander: "Music and Motion," Carolyn True: "Musical ESP (Expressively Synthesized Performances)—The Five Musical Senses," Polina Khatsko and Dmitri Vorobiev: "The Russian Piano School," Robert Vandall: "Making Music: Helping Students Make a Piece of Music Come Alive" and "Playing Like a Virtuoso," Catherine Kautsky: “Two Piano Icons: Understanding Beethoven and Debussy,” and Marvin Blickenstaff: “Doing What Comes Naturally.”

The 2014 Spring Piano Workshop will be on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the UNK Fine Arts Hall from 9:00am - 3:00pm featuring guest pianist/clinician Robert Mayerovitch.  Please see Spring Piano Workshop for more information on this year's registration and schedule.

Open to all Piano Teachers and Students grades 7-12 and Collegiate.

UNK String Project

UNK String Project rehearsalIn January of 2008, the University of Nebraska-Kearney was selected to become a National String Project Consortium (NSPC) site. The consortium is a coalition of 32 String Project sites based at colleges and universities across the United States. The NSPC is dedicated to increasing the number of children playing stringed instruments, and addressing the critical shortage of string teachers in the US. The NSPC is affiliated with businesses, foundations, professional music organizations, and individuals who support these goals. The UNK String Project is sponsored by the National String Project Consortium and the Dana Foundation.

Registration form for the UNK String Project

Cellist Noah Rogoff serves as Director and Master Teacher for the UNK site of the String Project. For more information, please contact the UNK Department of Music & Performing Arts at (308) 865-8618, or at

One-Handed Woodwinds Program

The mission of the UNK One-Handed Woodwinds Program is to make one-handed woodwind instruments available to permanently disabled individuals.  The program was inspired by Dr. David Nabb and his continuing success with his Stelling Brass & Winds "toggle-key" saxophone.

Dr. Nabb has taught woodwinds at the University of Nebraska at Kearney since 1994. In 2000, he survived a massive stroke that left him unable to play or teach.  Together with Stelling Brass & Winds of Kearney, Dr. Nabb developed a "toggle-key" saxophone that can be played with only one hand. In 2003, his new instrument allowed Dr. Nabb to resume performing and all of his pre-stroke teaching activities.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney One-Handed Woodwinds Program maintains the philosophy that music is a necessary element of the human experience.  To learn more about the One-Handed Woodwinds Program visit:

Honor Band and Choral Clinic

The UNK Honor Band & Choral Clinic is a musical and educational event held on a Monday in late January each year. The Clinic features two concert bands and three choirs, which rehearse all day, then present a concert in the evening. The Honor Band is usually directed by the Director of Bands at UNK, and the Festival Band is usually directed by the Assistant Director of Bands at UNK. The Honor Choir is usually directed by the Director of Choirs at UNK, and the Festival Choir and Women’s Choir are directed by well-known and talented choral directors from secondary schools, colleges, and universities. Occasionally, a guest director of national acclaim will be asked to direct a band or a choir. As the students rehearse the music during the day, they receive important music instruction about making music and proper performing techniques that they can take back with them to their schools as they rehearse and perform with some of the best students in the region.

Students in the public and private high schools in Nebraska, western Colorado, northern Kansas, and western Iowa in grades 10-12 are invited to audition for the Clinic. Audition music is put on this website for downloading as a PDF. After the student rehearse the music, music directors record the audition. The audition is then mailed to the Clinic Director on a cassette tape or on a CD-R, or sent as a digital audio file attached to an email to the Clinic Director in November. The students selected for inclusion in one of the Clinic ensembles are notified through the website and through an email to their music director. The fee for the Clinic is $25.00 per participant, which includes the noon meal. The fees are paid to UNK in one school check prior to the Clinic. The music the student will sing or play is mailed to the school in December to give participants an opportunity to learn their parts before the Clinic.

Students arrive at the Clinic at 8:00 a.m. to register and start rehearsals. The concert takes place in the 5,000-seat Health & Sports Center Arena next to the Fine Arts Building at 6:00 p.m.

If you would like more information, or to be included in the emailing of information, please send a memo to Dr. Brian Alber, Co-Director of the UNK Honor Clinic.

Violin/Viola Workshop

The 2014 UNK Violin/Viola Workshop will be on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in the UNK Fine Arts Building from 10:00am – 3:30pm featuring guest artist Janet Packer (the 2012 Studio Teacher of the Year – Massachusetts ASTA). Janet Packer’s complete bio:

 The workshop covers:
• Pedagogical session I:  “The Evolution of the Bow: 400 Years of Bows & Bowing”
• Pedagogical session II: “D. C. Dounis’s Bowing & Left Hand Exercises”
• Guest Artist Master Class
• Opportunities to exchange performance and pedagogical ideas with our guest artist and string musicians from across the state

The workshop is free and open to string musicians of ages 12 and up. To register, please mail your application/registration form (click the link to access the form) to:

Dr. Ting-Lan Chen
University of Nebraska Kearney
Department of Music & Performing Arts
2506 12th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68845

You can also email the required information indicated on the registration form to:

The application deadline is Monday, September 22, 2014.

For additional information, please contact:
(308) 865-8041 or (308) 865-8618