OCMI Summer Institute


The Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Institute is a week-long program for young musicians to immerse themselves in rigorous study of their instrument and make music with peers from across the country.  Curriculum is tailored to all levels of ability from beginning to advanced in strings, piano, voice and guitar.

Nationally recognized guest artists come to Omaha for the week to inspire, perform and teach.  These are experts in the field who spend one-on-one time with students to hone their skills, develop their musicianship and mentor them through the challenges of becoming a high-level artist.  

Throughout the week, evening concerts are presented by the guest artists and culminates with a full day of student performances, featuring the participants in solo, small group and large ensemble concerts.

Three different program tracks are available and each program is tailored to the student's age and ability.  

SIGN UP BEFORE MAY 1, 2018 to get:

  • $50 off full-day programs
  • $25 off half-day programs

This is the only discount we are offering - beyond May 1 there will be no discounts, so register now to save! This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.

festival program track


string, voice and piano students accepted by audition only

July 14 - 21, 2018

The Festival Program Track is a rigorous advanced program that accepts a limited number of advanced students by audition only.  Applicants must submit a video before May 1, 2018 with two contrasting pieces.   Students are assigned a six hour schedule each day.  Festival participtants will receive a 30 minute private lesson each day of Institute from Sunday through Friday and courses specifically targeted at building leadership and professional musicianship skills.  Upon completing registration, you will receive an email on how to submit your audition pieces. 

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)
  • Professional Musicianship and Leadership Course
  • Technique-building classes which include sectionals, etude/exercise sessions and choreography for voice students
  • Rehearsal/practice time built into the schedule



Optional Add-On's

  • Dorm / Housing
  • Meal Plan
  • Add an elective
    • Ukulele, composition (beginning or advanced), a capella group or yoga


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fanfare program track

Advanced, beginning, and intermediate

string, voice, piano and guitar students

July 14 - 21, 2018

The Fanfare Program Track 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.

The daily schedule includes:

  • Small group masterclasses
  • 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
  • Rehearsal/practice time built into schedule
  • Elective of student's choice:  ukelele, composition, a cappella group or yoga



Optional Add-On's

  • Dorm / Housing
  • Meal Plan 
  • Add an additional elective!  

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foundations track program


violin, viola, cello, piano students Ages 4 - 8

July 23 - 27, 2018

The Foundations Program Track is open to beginning string and piano students as an opportunity to futher 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, foundation 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.

*Foundation students must be accompanied by a caregiver throughout the week.

The daily schedule includes:

  • Small group masterclasses
  • Reading, repertoire, and technique classes
  • Rhythm and World Music classes
  • Interactive "explorer" concerts with Artist-Faculty




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Jeremy Powell is a voice teacher with experience internationally, working with singers of varying genres, varying ages, and achieving a variety of goals for clients, all within one area of specialty: TECHNIQUE. Jeremy has formed a strong international reputation as a specialist in two major areas of technique: 1. Building voices from the ground up for those who are new to vocal technique, and 2. Solving problems and repairing injuries/poor habits for established professional singers. As an experienced professional onstage performer, as well as an experienced professional pianist, Jeremy's knowledge of the demands on a working singer provide insight into not only what is required by casting directors/directors/musical directors, but also the physical demands on the voice from the singer's perspective. (It doesn't hurt to have a professional standard pianist as your voice teacher either.....) It should be fun!! When building or repairing a voice, it is very much Jeremy's philosophy that the sessions should be extremely focused and productive, but also enjoyable.......We can laugh a lot at the same time as we make that voice brilliant!!

In 2015, Richardson was appointed to principal pops conductor and resident conductor of the Omaha Symphony. Since 1993, he has laid the groundwork for and led in the development of the Omaha Symphony’s vaunted education and community engagement programs. He has been at the forefront of the Symphony’s video/live music productions, conducting movie scores of Pirates of the Caribbean, Singing in the Rain, Casablanca, the Charlie Chaplin silent film The Gold Rush and most recently Star Trek (2009). In addition to his artistic leadership in the creation of the annual sold-out Christmas Celebration production, he leads the successful Symphony Pops, Symphony Rocks and Movie Music Series. The highly successful Family Series was created under his artistic leadership and he is one of the visionary forces behind the new and innovative Symphony Joslyn Series. As chief architect of the Omaha Symphony’s education and community engagement programs, Richardson has been at the forefront of crafting the vision for the programs and their impact on the community. The pivotal point in his leadership can be traced to the first education report written in the beginning of his tenure with the Omaha Symphony. This report paved the way for the structure, function and programming of the education department leading to innovations in all programming including the creation of Choral Collaborative, Celebrate Creativity, Music Alive!, the Family Series and Mission: Imagination.
Richardson presently holds the position of music director and principal conductor of the Steamboat Symphony in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Under his leadership this organization has grown from a community orchestra to a resident professional orchestra. As one of the up and coming orchestras in the Front Range of Colorado, the Steamboat Symphony attracts the areas finest musicians. Audiences continue to grow with each concert heralded with standing ovations and standing room only houses.
Recent guest conducting engagements include the Houston Symphony on a performance with singer/songwriter Michael Cavanaugh, the Florida Orchestra for the Charlie Chaplin score of the silent film The Gold Rush and the Phoenix Symphony. He has also conducted with the Nashville Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony and Cheyenne Symphony as well as Opera Omaha. He has also been guest conductor and clinician for regional and all-state orchestras in Arizona and Nebraska, the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra, Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, Steamboat Symphony, Santa Barbara City College, as well as festivals in Albuquerque, N. Mex. and the University of Georgia.
A recipient of the 2016 Governor’s Arts Award for Excellent in Arts Education, Richardson has encouraged and supported countless young musicians. In addition to his role with Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, he has held the position of music director and principal conductor for the Santa Barbara Music and Arts Conservatory.
An accomplished composer and arranger, Richardson composed the symphonic work Three Scenes for Chamber Orchestra, which was debuted by the Omaha Symphony in 2011. His works are featured largely in the annual Christmas production and on many education and outreach programs. His compositions and arrangements for orchestra have been performed recently by the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and by the Phoenix Chamber Players, Phoenix Symphony, Steamboat Symphony and elsewhere throughout the United States. Commissions for voice and chamber ensemble have been performed by Opera Omaha, the Omaha Symphony and have been featured on the Omaha Chamber Music Society concert series. His credits also include a broadcast performance of his Fall of a Man-made Star composition on Boston’s WGBH.
Richardson’s achievements in Omaha were foreshadowed by his success with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, where he began his conducting career. He founded and served as music director and conductor for the Phoenix Chamber Players (1987) and the Phoenix Symphony Baroque Ensemble (1989). In addition, he guest conducted the Phoenix Symphony during the 1993/94 season. Richardson came to the Phoenix Symphony as a violist in 1984, appearing later as a soloist and acting associate principal. In 1990, his talents were added to the Phoenix Symphony String Quartet. While with the Phoenix Symphony, Richardson also served as the musicians ICSOM representative and as the chair of the Orchestra Committee. In addition, he served as volunteer coordinator and acting director of operations for the organization.
Richardson began studying the violin at the age of three with his father, Dr. Vernal Richardson. He continued his string education at Indiana University with Tadeusz Wronski, later concentrating on the viola at the University of Michigan with Donald McInnes. He studied conducting with Samuel Krachmalnick and Gustav Meier. While attending the University of Michigan, Richardson also studied composition with William Albright and William Bolcom.
An avid fly fisherman, Richardson can be found on trout streams in Colorado and the local municipal lakes in Omaha. He has also earned a black belt in tae kwon do. He lives in Omaha with his wife and children.

Matt Gold, bass, Goldrush

Matt Gold has been enjoying the double bass since the age of 9, where he got his start on the instrument in Phoenix, AZ.  He is currently Librarian for the Richmond Symphony, for whom he also plays bass from time to time.  Before Richmond, Matt served as Librarian for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and also played in the bass section for the short season after Hurricane Katrina.  Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Indiana University, where he was part of the acclaimed studio of Lawrence Hurst.  While at Indiana, he also had the honor of performing in the Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Stanley Ritchie.  He also holds a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from the University of Memphis, where he studied bass with John Chiego.  While at the University of Memphis, Matt also studied jazz with Tim Goodwin and briefly took composition lessons from Prix de Rome winner, Kamran Ince.  In addition to playing and teaching the bass, Matt also enjoys the guitar and composing music, as well as his new rock endeavor: Prabir/Goldrush.


Treesa Gold, violin, viola, Goldrush

At the age of two, Treesa Gold began studying the violin through the Suzuki Method with renowned pedagogue, Alice Joy Lewis (Ottawa, Kansas).  She moved to Michigan at the age of sixteen to receive her high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy under the tutelage of Hal Grossman.  Treesa was accepted into the studio of Paul Biss at Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music and a Performer's Diploma.  Directly following finishing her degrees, she won a national violin audition placing her in The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra of New Orleans. She then moved to Richmond to play with The Richmond Symphony, where she resides today.  Treesa also performs along the east coast in the rock band, Prabir/Goldrush.  When she isn't practicing, Treesa loves spending time with her husband, (double bass player, and librarian with the Richmond Symphony) and her two dogs, Ringo and Rubeus.

Treesa Gold began studying violin at age two through the Suzuki Method with renowned pedagogue, Alice Joy Lewis.  She remained under the tutelage of Mrs. Lewis until she left for the Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied under Hal Grossman and received her High School Diploma.  Treesa found another wonderful teacher, Paul Biss, at Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music and a Performer's Diploma.  She won a national audition with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, where she played from 2004 to 2006.  Mrs. Gold now resides in Richmond, Virginia, where she teaches privately and frequently plays with the Richmond Symphony.  When she isn't practicing, Treesa loves playing with her dogs and traveling with her husband, Matt.