IMA • Inside the Mind of the Artist

Inside the Mind of the Artist is a series of events — talks, Master Classes, concerts, and even festivals — throughout each academic year designed to enrich the experience of the Conservatory's musical community. For each event, we bring incredible guest artists to share their insights and talents.

Built upon a foundation of excellent music, stellar performances, and outstanding educational opportunities, these diverse and engaging concert events strive to connect you the music and the artists in an entirely new and exciting way.  Whether it’s gaining new insights from our incredible guest artists as they share their talent, challenging yourself to listen in a new way, or hearing things anew through the eyes of a youngster - every audience member will find new meaning through music at Inside the Mind of the Artist.

In Harmony: Ancient Songs, Modern Voices

Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 3:00pm

This interactive concert experience will feature new repertoire which utilizes ancient melodies and shows the deep connection between our past and our present through music. The chants and songs will be performed as they may have originally been heard with special guest performances including Paul Barnes (piano), Ron Warren (native flute), the St. Mary’s Byzantine Mens Choir, and the Conservatory’s Artist-FacultyOmaha Academy Choir, Frontier Strings & chamber ensembles.  The residency includes a workshop experience for the students at the St. Augustine Indian Mission School and special events for String Sprouts. Each ancient song will be followed by the new composition which interweaves the melody in a contemporary setting.

Sponsored by Debbi & Speedy Zweiback


Mark and Maggie O'Connor Fiddle Festival


Friday, January 17, 2020 at 4:30pm


Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10am


Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:00pm


Monday, January 20, 2020 • 8:30am-3:00pm

Superstar violinist Mark O’Connor and his accomplished wife, violinist Maggie O’Connor, will begin an Artist Residency at Omaha Conservatory of Music in January 2020. This marks the first time the O’Connors have led trainings in the region. The O’Connor Artist Residency includes teacher training, student workshops and a delightful evening concert featuring Mark, Maggie and Conservatory students – you won’t want to miss it!


Thank you to our IMA series sponsor:

Past events from our 2018-19 season

Student Improv Night: Friday, April 5th at 7PM

Concert: Friday April 26, 2019 at 7PM

To celebrate jazz month in April - Omaha Conservatory of Music Artist-Faculty and students came together to jam out and turn our concert hall into the hottest jazz club in town! Artist-Faculty Andrew Stickman (guitar), Kevin Sullivan (guitar), Spencer Jones (percussion), Bobby Scharmann (bass), Bryce Dantzler (saxophone), Jessica Hanson (violin), and Cody Jorgensen (voice) took the stage with students Dmitrii "Dima" Shaposhnikov (studio of Stacey Barelos - piano), Jason Kwong (studio of Andrew Stickman - guitar), Logan Kauffman (studio of Andrew Stickman - guitar), and Andrew Lundberg (studio of Kevin Sullivan - guitar) and showcased an excellent performance! Guest Artist Matthew Amandus (piano) also performed! Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate jazz with us and thank you to our Inside the Mind of the Artist series sponsor Omaha Steaks! This event was also made possible by Five Points Bank!

Saturday, March 23, 2019 
Piano & Violin Master Classes - Sat. March 23 at 10:30am
Concert Event - Sat. March 23 at 7:00pm

The Seattle Times praises New York-based Vicky Lee's playing as having an "authority and verve." She has appeared in major concert halls including New York, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Switzerland and Seoul. Lee was joined on stage by award-winning pianist Mika Sasaki for a thrilling live performance right here at Omaha Conservatory of Music. The morning before the show, both Vicky and Mika lead students in two separate master classes focusing on piano and violin! 


See Photos Here!

Concordia String Trio

Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM        

The Concordia String Trio explores and expands the eclectic repertoire of an under-appreciated genre—the string trio. This versatile ensemble has built a reputation for its exciting performances and innovative programs, juxtaposing pieces from the standard string trio repertoire with new compositions and little-known works of great composers.

Prior to their concert, the Concordia Trio worked with Omaha Conservatory of Music students in a Chamber Ensemble master class.

January 25, 2019

Soprano Jamie Reimer and pianist Stacie Haneline headlined a unique multi-media performance that featured a diverse array of female composers, African-American composers & more. The following day, Jamie & Stacie lead an interactive master class focusing on the subject of perfect partnerships. 

October 21, 2018

Omaha Conservatory of Music's Artist-Faculty and students came together in a performance to explore the connections between music and art in an interactive program that paired live performance with projected visuals. The curated program featured repertoire and visual works that both informed and inspired our viewing and understanding of both. Performers included - Frontier Strings, Omaha Academy Choir and OCM Artist-Faculty & students. Honorary Chairs: Debbi & Speedy Zweiback | Event Chairs: Nora & Barry Zoob, Jill & Bruce Rasmussen 

See more photos from the performance here!

September 14 - 16th, 2018

Omaha Conservatory of Music partnered with Vesper Concerts, and the University of Nebraska Omaha to present a one-of-a kind Residency with the Amernet String Quartet.  Consisting of two concerts and Master Classes, Amernet shared their skills and music with us over the course of three separate events. 

Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Their sound has been called “complex” but with an “old world flavor.”

See more photos here!

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