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.

Spring Piano Workshop

The University of Nebraska at Kearney
Saturday, April 11, 2015

UNK's annual Spring Piano Workshop, a day-long event, has attracted talented piano students and teachers from throughout the region for more than forty years, 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”
Marvin Blickenstaff: “Doing What Comes Naturally”
Robert Mayerovitch:  “Rules of Pianists’ (and Other Animal’s) Thumbs” and “Mind over Muscle and Muscle Over Mind”

The 2015 Spring Piano Workshop will be on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in the UNK Fine Arts Hall from 9:00am - 3:00pm featuring guest clinician Catherine Rollin:  “Going for the ‘Magic’ in Performance through Technique, Style, and Imagery.”  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.

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)

Application Process
Registration for the clinic is online

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 online.

Download the All-State Vocal Workshop flyer

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:

Violin/Viola Workshop

This Workshop has been canceled.

Choral Leadership Workshop

29th Annual
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dear Choir Director,

I trust your choirs are enjoying the opportunity to learn the skills of rhythmic and aural musicianship skills and the opportunity to sing beautiful music, whether your choir meets daily or twice each week. With your diligent work in mind, we invite you to experience the 29th year of our Choral Leadership Workshop, which we trust we be of value to you and your students.  It will be held in the UNK Recital Hall, commencing at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 2 p.m., October 1, 2014.

We will begin our day with Dr. Sharon Campbell leading those assembled in vocal calisthenics.  The directors will attend a Voice Master Class lead by Professor Anne Foradori at 9 a.m. for which we would like to have four of the participating students willing to sing one song.  They may have a solo they sang for District Music Contest last spring.  In the Fine Arts Recital Hall, the students will begin rehearsing choral repertoire that we have found both beneficial to voice development and necessary to achieve unordinary sounds and beautiful expression. The goal of the day is the enhancement of musicianship and vocal skill. We hope the techniques and repertoire you explore can be incorporated into your school year.

Dr. Neal Schnoor will be our guest speaker at 10 a.m., leading students and teachers in a session concerning the leadership that can be developed within the choral ensemble.  The Choraleers will sing for you at 12:20 p.m.  The cost of this day is only $7.00 per participant, to cover the cost of our noon meal at the UNK Student Union.  Registration and payment may be made online at the UNK website, or sent via check made payable to UNK Music, to: David Cannon, Department of Music, 2506 12th Avenue, University of Nebraska Kearney, Kearney, Nebraska 68849.  Please call me for further information at (308) 865-8609. 

We welcome you to our campus and hope to see you soon!

Dr. David Bauer
Director of Choirs

Festival Orchestra

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Festival Orchestra is offered the third Tuesday in January. String students in grades 9-12 from the State of Nebraska are welcome to join us in playing string orchestral music. Interested students should send a recording of their playing by December 1st, 2014 to Dr. Deborah Freedman, UNK Music Department, FAB, 1200 25th Street, Kearney, NE 68849 along with a completed application. A pdf version of the application can be downloaded here. A string Master Class will be offered and one or two students will be chosen to play on the evening concert.

The Festival day begins at 9:00 am and concludes with the evening concert at 6:00 pm in the UNK Recital Hall. Dr. Deborah Freedman will conduct the orchestra. Sectionals will be led by Dr. Chen and Dr. Rogoff. Drs. Chen and Rogoff will also lead the Master Class.

Please join us for a fun day of string music making!

Dr. Deborah Freedman, (308) 627-9712

Honor Band and Choral Clinic

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Monday, January 26, 2015

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 that 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 instruction about making music and proper performing techniques that they can take back with them to their schools.

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 and detailed instructions are available via the links below. Students should prepare the audition materials thoroughly before making an audition recording. 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 Co-Director in November (see links below for current deadlines). 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. Seth Fletcher (, Co-Director of the UNK Honor Clinic.

Audition Information and Music for 2015:

Audition Results 2015

2015 Clinic Information

Treble Ensemble Workshop

22nd Annual
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

High school treble ensembles are invited to sing for all assembled. Ensembles of all sizes may sing for this event.  Dr. Bauer will work with each ensemble after their performance----a performance may be one song or as many as three songs!  All the ensembles present will then rehearse two compositions for treble choir that they may wish to utilize for the remainder of the school year. The event will be held in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on that Tuesday morning. The cost of this event is the $7.00 per student singer to cover the cost of the noon meal at the University Student Union. Directors are our guest--no charge.

CLICK HERE to register

For more information, please call or email Dr. David Bauer at (308) 865-8609 or