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How to get invoved in UNO's performing arts
Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 15:09
Students are often surprised at how many activities are offered at the University of Nebraska at Omaha–especially within the theatre and music departments. Mavericks who enjoy being seen and heard can feed their passion through choir, band and theatre performances at UNO.
Each academic year, UNO’s Department of Theatre produces four main stage plays, under the direction of faculty and staff. Students can gain valuable knowledge, not only from performance, but also through directing and technical training.
Open auditions are announced and scheduled for both Sunday, Aug. 25 from 7-9 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 26 from 6-8 p.m. While theater majors are required to audition for every show, all students are invited to try out. Auditions for both days will be held on the third floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building in room 333.
For those new to the performing arts, or who simply want to practice, an audition workshop will be held before Monday’s auditions from 6-8 p.m. Those auditioning are asked to bring two monologues– one from a Greek tragedy and one contemporary piece corresponding to the department’s production of “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” The two monologues together should add up to about three minutes total.
For more information, contact the chair of the Department of Theatre, Professor D. Scott Glasser at 402-554-2406. To schedule an audition appointment contact Production Stage Manager, Alec Rigdon at email@example.com.
For those comfortable with auditioning, there is the UNO Concert Choir. The choir features up to 60 singers who perform on campus and in venues across the globe, including Lithuania, Sweden and Russia. Fall auditions for UNO’s Concert Choir are open to all degree paths.
While the Concert Choir is larger, the UNO Chamber Choir is a smaller group. With about 30 singers, this choral group performs a collection of music from the Renaissance to the present day. The Chamber Choir is under the direction of Dr. Matthew Harden and is composed of students from the music department and others from across the campus. For information about auditions, contact Shellie Harden at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who are nervous to audition, but enjoy singing, can join the University Choir, which is open to all students, faculty and staff.
For those who want to play music, there is the University Band. Those interested don’t have to audition, but need to attend the first rehearsal. Practice for University Band begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester. The ensemble is open to all UNO students, and faculty and staff members are also invited to participate. This band performs one concert in December, as well as two other concerts during the spring semester. Dr. Courtney Snyder, director of the University Band, also directs the Marching Mavericks.