SoundWaves 2021

Omaha Conservatory of Music Summer Program

July 17-24, 2021

A weeklong immersive summer music camp for strings, piano, and voice students age 9-18. Grow your musicianship and forge musical bonds with your peers in a supportive and dynamic environment! Enjoy a daily camp concert or special presentation. Daily schedule includes a peer-paired masterclass lesson with world-class faculty, electives, ensembles, classes, and practice/rehearsal time in our state-of-the-art facilities.

Camp hours: 8:30 am-5:30 pm daily (Sun Jul 18-Fri July 23)

Saturday schedules excepted see schedule below for more information

SoundWaves is an auditioned camp.  Please see audition video requirements for more information on how to prepare your audition video.



  • Jan 4 -Jan 31 Early Bird registration ($725)
  • Feb 1 - May 16 Standard registration ($750) 
    • Ambassador Fund applications are DUE by May 16
  • May 17-June 1 Late registration ($850)

Enrollment fee: $25 for new students (existing OCM students do not pay enrollment fee)

After June 1 Late registration requests must be emailed to and are subject to space availability and administrative approval. There is an additional $100 late fee for registrations after June 1 ($850).

  • Tuition ($725/$750/$850)
  • Enrollment fee: $25 for non-OCM students
  • Lodging (optional) $600
  • Full Meal Plan: $175 for lunches & dinners. The first meal served will be dinner at the Conservatory on Saturday, July 17, 2020 and conclude at dinner on Saturday, July 24, 2020.
  • Lunch Only: $75 (Sun July 18 - Sat July 24)
  • Dinner Only: $100 (Sat July 17 - Sat July 24)
  • Additional masterclass lessons (30 minutes, 6 days): $210 (subject to faculty availability)

Sat Jul 17

  •     1:00PM Check-In begins
  •     2:00PM Welcome and orientation for all students
  •     3:00PM Ensemble rehearsals and auditions
  •     5:30PM Dismissal/dinner
  •     7:00PM Welcome Concert

Sun Jul 18 - Fri Jul 23

  • 8:30AM - 5:30PM Daily class schedule (student specific schedules provided at check-in)
  • 8:30AM-12:30PM Classes/rehearsals/lessons
  • 12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch break
  • 1:30PM-2:30PM Daily special (concert, presentation, activity)
  • 2:30PM-5:30PM Classes/rehearsals/lessons
  • 5:30PM Dismissal/dinner

Fri Jul 23

  • 7:00PM Spotlights

Sat Jul 24

  • 11:00AM Composer’s Symposium
  • 1:30PM String Chamber Music 
  • 4:30PM Chords & Keys 
  • 7:00PM Institute Orchestras
  • Accepted formats: YouTube or Google Drive link with permissions set to “anyone with the link can view”.  Email attachments are not accepted.  If you need help uploading your video to YouTube or Google Drive check out our tutorial HERE.
  • IMPORTANT: Title your video as follows: Student Name - Title of Piece, Composer of Piece (if this information is not included in your video title or description your registration will not be processed until this is corrected)
    • Mary Smith - Concerto No. 3 for Violin Mvt. 1, W.A. Mozart
    • Johnny Lin - Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ from Oklahoma, Gordon MacRae
  • Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes.  If they are over 5 minutes adjudicators will only listen to 5 minutes of the video.  Consider choosing an excerpt of your piece or editing your performance video to trim to length.
  • Audition video performances should be no more than 6 months old.  The more current, the more accurate your student’s placement will be!
  • Make sure the student’s face, torso, and instrument are visible in the video shot.
  • Helpful hints: Dress to impress! If recording on a phone or tablet, turn your mobile device to landscape/widescreen (sideways) to record.  Make sure your rotation lock is turned OFF.
Voice-specific audition requirements
  • Please submit two contrasting solo selections, one of which should be a musical theatre selection for your screening audition.  Make sure the student’s entire torso from the waist up is visible, and the student is standing.  Live performance videos with accompaniment are encouraged.
Strings audition requirements
  • Recommended repertoire for your screening video: most current Suzuki or other solo piece. Please do not submit slow movements or lyrical works, if the student is concerto level, we recommend submitting an excerpt from the 1st or 3rd movement of your most polished concerto.
  • Piano accompaniment is not required but is encouraged.
  • Students auditioning for advanced orchestra must submit an additional video of two-3 octave scales with arpeggios, one major and one minor.  Advanced orchestra audition videos are due by May 16.  Please email your scale video link to with the subject line SoundWaves Audition - Advanced Orchestra
  • Be prepared to play a live audition for orchestral seating placement on Sat Jul 17.  Adjudicators will request specific excerpts from your camp orchestral repertoire.
Piano audition requirements
  • Recommended repertoire for your screening video: most recent solo piece in a moderate to fast tempo.  Please do not submit slow movements or other lyrical works (i.e. Satie).  If the student is concerto level please submit the exposition or an excerpt including a cadenza from a 1st or 3rd movement.
  • Advanced piano students who wish to study with a specific teacher should submit an additional video which includes an etude and scales/arpeggios (two hands) in a major and a minor key. Advanced student audition videos are due by May 16.  Please email your video link to with the subject line SoundWaves Audition - Advanced Piano