Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Institute

What is OCM Summer Institute (OCMI)?

OCMI is the Conservatory’s week-long summer intensive camp. We bring in world-class guest-artist musicians from around the world to create the most, vibrant, and fun experience possible!

Who is it for?

Strings, piano, and voice students ages 5 to seniors in high school! 

What will I do there?

Each day is packed full of classes and private instruction, and wraps up with a concert. You'll perform on some of them and learn from others!

When is it?

July 13-20 — Ages 9+

Camp hours are between 8:45am - 5:45pm.  (Drop off/pick up times vary slightly depending on assigned class schedules)

July 22-26 — Ages 8 & under

Camp hours are 8:30am - 12:30pm


Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginning

String, Voice, and Piano Students Ages 9+

July 13 - 20, 2019

Our full-day camp is open to all levels. Students are accepted into the program and placed in appropriate ensembles and classes based on their age and ability. Students are assigned a six hour schedule each day. Participtants will receive a 30-minute private lesson each day of Institute from Sunday through Friday and many other fun courses specifically targeted to build leadership and musicianship skills. Audition required for all students:  Every student should submit a short video of their most polished piece, no accompaniment necessary. 

The daily schedule includes:

  • 30 minutes of private instruction with nationally recognized guest artists
  • Small group experiences like chamber music ensembles
  • Large ensembles (orchestra, showcase choir)
  • General music course related to history, theory or relevant topics
  • Technique-building classes which include sectionals, etude/exercise sessions and choreography for voice students
  • Rehearsal/practice time built into the schedule
  • Elective of your choice:  Composition, Choir, Ukulele, Improvisation (Open to all instruments)



Optional Add-On's
  • Dorm / Housing: $65/night (assuming double occupancy)
  • Meal Plan: Lunch $10/day, Dinner $10/day
  • Extra 30 minute master class daily - extra charge of $180 (please note: this is optional add-on master class time would be in addition/extra to the 3 hours students receive as part of their regular full-day camp experience)


Beginning & Intermediate

String and Piano Students Ages 5 - 8

July 22 - 26, 2019

Our half-day camp is open to beginning string and piano students as an opportunity to further their studies and advance their skills in a fun and engaging group-oriented setting.  Working with the Omaha Conservatory of Music Artist-Faculty and other local professionals, half-day camp students will participate in a wide range of daily instruction and mini-concert experiences.  The camp will conclude with a final concert performance for family and friends. *Half-day camp students must be accompanied by a caregiver throughout the week.*​ Audition required for all students:  Every student should submit a short video of their most polished piece, no accompaniment necessary. 

The daily schedule includes:

  • Small group master classes
  • Reading, repertoire, and technique classes
  • Rhythm and theory classes
  • Interactive "explorer" concerts with Artist-Faculty




Guest Faculty

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