Master Classes

Master Classes are brief, one-on-one lessons with Conservatory students that are observable by the public. We're excited to host such talented guest artists as they share their insights with our students as part of our Inside the Mind of the Artist series.

These artists often appear courtesy of area music organizations, including Omaha Symphony, Omaha Chamber Music Society, Opera Omaha, Orchestra Omaha, and University of Nebraska – Omaha.

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Previous Master Classes

10:30AM SAT oct 22

Consistently cited for his “sound imagination” and astonishing power, Markus Groh has confirmed his place among the finest pianists in the world today. Most recently, Mr. Groh has made stunning debuts with both the National Symphony in Washington, D.C. (Brahms Concerto No. 1 in D Minor) and the Cleveland Orchestra (Brahms Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat). In the words of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Groh proved exceptionally well-suited to the giant task of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2… Not for a second did Groh lose his cool. Instead, he devoured the piece with sparing gestures and the apparent ease of a complete virtuoso.“

This Master Class is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Gordon H. Mundell in loving memory of Elvira E. García.

7PM FRI FEB 10

Soprano Shelby VanNordstrand has appeared as a soloist with a wide range of ensembles and companies; including Lorin Maazel's Castleton Festival, New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Simon Estes Young Artist Program, and the Omaha Chamber Music Society.

Past operatic engagements include Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music (Castleton Festival), Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Omaha), Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel (Opera Omaha), Paquette in Candide (Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), Sally in Herman the Horse(Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre), and Cunegonde in Candide (Michigan State Opera Theatre). 

Joshua Roman will give a cello master class at the Omaha Conservatory of Music on Feb. 18, 2017

10:30AM SAT FEB 18

Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways, artistic leadership and versatility. As well as being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator, and programmer.

In a multifaceted 2015-16 season, Roman will premiere his own Cello Concerto with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and subsequently perform it with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. In April 2016, he begins a residency with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, as part of which he will perform the Mason Bates Cello Concerto. Roman premiered this work with Seattle Symphony in 2014, and will perform it with various orchestras throughout the 2015-16 season. He will pursue his artistic vision both as Artistic Director of TownMusic at Town Hall Seattle and as Artistic Advisor of Seattle’s Second Inversion. His plans for TownMusic include a presentation of his own song cycle, … we do it to one another, based on Tracy K. Smith’s book of poems “Life on Mars,” with soprano Jessica Rivera. He also continues to perform classics of the repertoire, and in February makes his debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra playing Dvorák’s beloved Cello Concerto. 

Many thanks to the Omaha Symphony for partnering on this event, which is sponsored by Margot Wickman-Bennett & Ed Bennett as part of our Inside the Mind of the Artist series, made possible by Omaha Steaks.

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