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.

Mark and Maggie O'Connor Fiddle Festival


Student Workshops
  • Friday, January 17, 2020 from 4:30–7 PM
  • Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 10 AM–12 PM
Teacher Training
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 12:30–5:30 PM and Monday, January 20, 2020 from 8:30 AM–3 PM



Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6 pm

Doors open at 5:15PM

This performance is SOLD OUT

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!



VOL 2: Saturday, May 9 

Music Rewind is the Conservatory's yearlong celebration of music history. Each semester culminates in a music festival and performance by Conservatory Artist-Faculty dressed in period clothing - tights and all! The fall semester focuses on early music in the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras with special composers emphasized. This performance is free and open to the public!

For Conservatory students, we will be hosting a Flashback Fair starting at 9am with games & booths that will test their music history knowledge. All students can participate in the fair games and competitions at the Music Rewind event, but those who completed the Music Rewind online module may be more successful in the games.


Thank you to our IMA series sponsor:

Past events from our 2019-20 season

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Pianist Paul Barnes lead us through a journey of enchanting, century-spanning music featuring the world premiere of Ron Warren's "Distance Between 2" and the Omaha premiere of Philip Glass Piano Quintet "Annuniciation" and Victoria Bond's "Simeron Kremate." The program also featured the St. Mary Byzantine Men's Choir and Omaha Conservatory of Music Artist-Faculty, Frontier Strings, and Omaha Academy Choir. 

In Harmony: Ancient Songs, Modern Voices was made possible by Debbi & Speedy Zweiback. Thank you! Another big thank you to our Inside the Mind of the Artist series sponsor Omaha Steaks!

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