Core Principles

A community orchestra is a collection of diverse individuals, which that diversity should be fostered, encouraged, and celebrated. We all have different reasons for getting involved and have different gifts and skill levels. Yet there are certain things that we have in common that unify our efforts and define the character of our ensemble. We can summarize our core principles using the following 10 statements:

  • We believe that the performing arts are essential ingredients in building a high quality of life for individuals and communities.
  • We believe that all performing groups in the Omaha area should be valued for what each of them contributes to enhance the total musical climate of our community, rather than be in competition with each other.
  • We believe that amateur musicians are valuable assets to the musical life of any community, believe that they should be given a chance to grow and learn, and improve on their technique, whatever stage of experience they are.
  • We believe that the concerts offered should be of musical interest, enjoyable to the public, and supportive of local artists.
  • We believe that rehearsals and concerts should be inspiring, edifying and meaningful for the participants.
  • We believe that each musician should manifest musical integrity and strive for continuous growth and self-improvement.
  • We believe that mutual respect and camaraderie should permeate every aspect of orchestral activity.
  • We believe that the significance of the arts justifies a commitment to excellence in performance and administrative procedures.
  • We believe that each section of the orchestra should be chaired by persons with experience and leadership gifts.
  • We believe that a passion for music and the pursuit of a high standard of performance will be normal for all participants.

Letter from the President

July 29th, 2023

Our 2023-2024 Season is about to start! 🎶

My name is Christine Seeman, and I will be taking on my third year as president of Orchestra Omaha. Some new faces joined us this last year on the Orchestra Omaha Board: Jenny Reid and Shari Lyles! Also, we had term limits with Jim Wilson and Nate Griffith. Thank you so much for all your service to Orchestra Omaha, and we will be seeing them around at orchestra practice still, just not at board meetings.

Our first concert is on September 23rd. I’ve attached the full-season rehearsal schedule with more details. So get those bows, reeds, mouthpieces, and sticks ready!

As always, monetary donations from our members are greatly needed to keep our orchestra running, so if you want to underwrite the cost of music rental for the year (approx $50 per stand, per concert!), please get those checks to Heidi or feel free to donate online.

Rehearsals start at 7:00 pm this year, so we all need to be ready to go to make the most of our 2 hours. Your promptness for rehearsals is, as always, greatly appreciated!

Just as a reminder, in the concert hall, only covered water containers will be allowed in the hall and on stage. No food is allowed in the concert hall during rehearsals.

Let’s make this 25th season an amazing one!

Viola and President

August 22, 2022

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