UNL Young Artist Award

UNL Young Artist Award recognizes Nebraska high school juniors who are talented in art, music, dance, theater, or film and emerging media. Selected students and their families are invited to UNL for Red Letter Day in the spring to see what a career in the arts may be like.

Applications are due to the website by Dec. 2.

Concerto Competition

Concerto Competition entries due Dec. 5
Auditions for performance with the Millard North Orchestra Concert on March 7, should be a well-prepared movement from a standard concerto/aria for your instrument/voice.  More information may be found here.

Live Performing Arts Club

A student-run club that meets after school on Mondays from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Students involved in this club will perform in small ensembles and as soloists at various locations throughout Omaha.

UNO BOCH Honor Orchestra

The online application must be completed by the end of day Monday, November 27, 2023; students will be notified of their acceptance via email by December 11, 2023. Specific audition requirements for each area are included in the letter linked here.

Additional information regarding the festival and audition process may be found at the BOCH Festival website:

Cody Practice Club

Mentors have met with students from the Cody orchestra program during November. We have one more meeting this semester (Nov. 28).

Practice club will resume Jan. 9.

Concert November 30th

Our next concert is November 30.  The theme is Haunted Holiday. 

The Program

We appreciate donations of refreshments for our post-concert celebration. You can check out a (very) rough draft of the program here.

Perfume/cologne – Performers, please avoid applying perfume or cologne for concerts. Some of our students have sensitivity to strong odors. This, coupled with the bright, hot lights on stage, can cause some to pass out. The general rule is to follow typical hygiene practices (bathing, deodorant, etc.) but not to add any additional perfumes or cologne that may trigger a reaction from your fellow musicians.

Reminder About Concert Attendance – Orchestra is a co-curricular activity, meaning it is considered an academic class (curricular) that has requirements outside of the school day (co-curricular). Several of our orchestra students are engaged in sports, work, and other extracurricular activities. In the event of a conflict, the orchestra concert takes precedence because it is the outcome of our academic work.

School Attendance on concert days – students must attend at least 4 classes on the day of the concert in order to participate. For example – if a student needs to rest, then feels better, they need to attend periods 1-4 or 4-7 to perform at the concert. However, if a student stays home the entire day, even if they feel better for the concert, they are not allowed to attend. Hopefully everyone is happy and healthy next week! If there is an illness/emergency, parents/legal guardians must email or call Mrs. Martinez to notify her of the absence.

Carol of the Bells

In order to prepare for our all-orchestra piece, all orchestra students are asked to meet Monday, Nov. 27, 8:15 a.m. in the auditorium. 
They will need their instruments. Music must be memorized.

All State

MNHS Orchestra is 30% of the string section! Congratulations to our 26 students – a MNHS Orchestra record!

The final concert is at the Lied Center on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at this website if you’d like to attend. 

All Staters – remember our extra rehearsals from 10-noon at MNHS band room on 11/4 and 11/11.

Craft Fair

Orchestra students and families are invited to volunteer to set up at our annual craft fair at MNHS on Friday, Oct. 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Orchestra students who volunteer will earn letter points for orchestra (community outreach) and can earn volunteer hours for MYP, etc.

Orchestra Remind

Students and parents, join this Remind group: The Remind app allows you to send and receive notifications from Mrs. Martinez via text message. You can also text @mnhsorch24 to the number 81010 to join.