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{ } building musical community

how the Omaha Conservatory of Music is changing the face of our city with sound


June 2014




why music?


usic is a language that pre-dates language itself. It exists in every culture in every corner of the globe, from the intricate Gamelan orchestras of the island of Bali, to Inuit throat-singing, to the Mbuti tribe’s communal improvisation, to Bach, Brahms, Schoenberg, Glass, Ellington, U2 and Adele. Why?

Because making music is a transcendent act of community building. It activates our senses. It lights up our minds with imagination, critical thinking, kinesthetic awareness, adrenaline. It fills us with emotion, raises our heart rates, paints pictures without words for our ears to see. It is an inherent part of what it means to be human.

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A Cappella Project at OCM’s Fall Studio Recitals.

Closing the Poverty Gap

A recent study by Northwestern

University indicates that teenagers who grew up in poverty had weaker neural responses to language, and that linguistic ability scaled with socioeconomic status. However, the brains of musicians tend to have stronger and more focused responses to these linguistic stimuli, leading the team to theorize that music education may help to correct this deficit. (Scientific American Mind Vol. 25, Issue 3)


Employers repeatedly cite creativity,

planning, problem-solving, teamwork, and dedication as the most sought-after traits in potential employees. From a very young age, students of music exercise these skills every day during practice: working toward goals, honing their technique, budgeting their time, and preparing for recitals and performances. In their ensembles, they learn the value of teamwork, and how to combine their ideas with those of their peers. In performance, they learn to conquer the common stresses and anxieties of in-the-moment presentation. (at left) Sy Wehbe, before his debut performance at the

Inside the Mind of the Artist “Legacy Concert.�


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Ages 0-5:

School-Ready The study of music:

• Establishes good classroom behavior skills. • Jumpstarts understanding of academic subjects. When children study rhythm, they are studying math. When they study sound, it is science. When they study note names, they are learning the alphabet. • Increases attention span.

Adelaide Luyten, age 3, at her very first recital. Spring 2014


Ages 6-18:

Life Skills

The study of music: • Prepares disciplined and creative young people for the work force. • Reinforces good study habits and problem solving faculties. • Requires delayed gratification, which scientists have proven to be one of the greatest indicators of later success. • Integrates right and left brain hemispheres by combining technical tasks with artistic expression. • Opens doors for college scholarships.

Violist Jason Kim, 15

Ages 19+:

Quality of Life The study of music: • Provides a vibrant community of lifelong learners.

• Develops and maintains neural connections that can delay Alzheimer’s and dementia. • Keeps small muscle function and flexibility at a high level. • Allows for creativity and self-expression that is not always present in the daily work environment.

Pianist Marci Anderson



{ } why ocm?

OCM’s mission is to build

musical community through education and performance to enrich lives. We serve a richly diverse constituency encompassing all ages, musical styles, and socioeconomic populations with an expanding geographic footprint.

Piano Students of Lynne Swingen and Kathy Knebel after fall 2013 Piano Recital


Commitment to Excellence

Community Building

employs over 35 highly-trained Artist-Faculty members who are active in Omaha’s broader musical community. Furthermore, OCM has the connections to bring in unbelievable guest artists from around the world for Summer Institute and the Inside the Mind of the Artist programs.

year foster a sense of community between our families. OCM is a space where people young and old who share the experience of mastering an instrument or voice can come together, celebrate their successes, and learn from and with one another.

Our many events throughout the

The Omaha Conservatory of Music



Over the Years, OCM has developed

OCM is uniquely positioned among

projects with such organizations as: the Omaha Symphony, Opera Omaha, Orchestra Omaha, the Joslyn Art Museum, the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, the Institute for Holocaust Education, and many more.

music education organizations to improve our home. Through programs such as Violin Sprouts, which provides free instruments and instruction to pre-K children in underserved areas, as well as our full spectrum of music classes on the Winnebago Reservation, we are currently reaching 400 students in the greater Omaha area, with detailed plans to exponentially expand in the next four years and beyond.

This both fortifies Omaha’s artistic community and offers our students a chance to integrate disciplines and broaden their perspectives.

Sprouts and the Symphony, Apr. 2014 Violin Sprouts in collaboration with the Omaha Symphony


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OCM began with the idea

that students and teachers of music should have a home—a physical home—in which to learn and instruct. At inception, it offered only private lessons in violin and piano, then expanded to new instruments, group classes, and eventually outreach in the form of Violin Sprouts and other off-site programs.

Frontier String Ensemble performs in Nebraska City, March 2014


Current Program Enrollments (2013-14 fiscal year)

Summer Institute 118 Enrollments • 9%

On-Campus Classes 232 Enrollments • 17%

Other Off-Campus Classes* 110 Enrollments • 8%

Violin Sprouts

347 Enrollments • 25%

Private Lessons

516 Enrollments • 38%

Summer Institute

Other Off-Campus Classes*

273 Enrollments • 7%

140 Enrollments • 4%

On-Campus Classes 664 Enrollments • 17%

Violin Sprouts

1,224 Enrollments • 32%

Projected Program Enrollments (2018-19 fiscal year)

Private Lessons

1,565 Enrollments • 40%

*includes music classes at St. Augustine Mission School on the Winnebago Reservation and The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center

Music Teachers National Association Competition winner Alina Hatfeld with her teacher, Artist-Faculty Anne Madison





growing our community

Winter Festival Orchestra final concert, March 2014


OCM Growth from 2005 (Projections to 2018)


1,565 On-campus students!




Trend Line


Students Enrolled


1,364 Off-campus students!






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8 2012


10 2014


12 2016


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Outreach programs begin

Violin Sprouts Begins

Moved to Current Location

Move to the new OCM

Original Violin Sprouts sites reach capacity

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39 Artist-Faculty 8 Full-time Staff


Full-time Staff




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Current Program Expenses (2013-14 fiscal year)

Violin Sprouts 27%

OCM Summer Institute 7%

Lessons & Classes 61%

Inside the Mind of the Artist 1%

Off-Campus programs* 4%

*includes music classes at St. Augustine Mission School on the Winnebago Reservation and The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center

Simon Bessmer performs for an evaluation at the OCM Music Carnival, February, 2014





thank you for your


One of the many Violin Sprouts classes running in the Omaha area


Omaha Conservatory of Music

2014-15 Budget Budget 2014-15

Income Core Violin Sprouts Summer Institute Off-Campus Programs Inside the Mind of the Artist Total earned income Core Violin Sprouts Summer Institute Off-Campus Programs Inside the Mind of the Artist


unearned income


751,615 80,325

2,905 834,845

287,994 505,376 28,000 42,088 3,765 867,223 1,702,068

Expense Core Violin Sprouts Summer Institute Off-Campus Programs Inside the Mind of the Artist TOTAL EXPENSE

1,039,609 505,376 108,325 42,088 6,670 1,702,068

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Building Musical Community  

The case for Omaha Conservatory of Music