2017 Omaha Steaks National Anthem Contest
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Congratulations to our two winners of the 2017 Omaha Steaks National Anthem contest: Frontier Strings and the Creighton Prep Chamber Choir!
Each group will perform at an opening ceremony of the FEI World Cup™ Finals March 29-April 2, 2017. These talented groups have both won a $1,000 gift to their school's music department. The FEI World Cup™ Finals is one of the most prestigious equine events in the world. Visitors from over 15 countries and all 50 states are expected to attend.
Creighton Prep Chamber Choir has 25 members who range in age from sophomores through seniors. Students selected for the Chamber Choir must audition and be approved by a panel of five judges. The Chamber Choir members perform a wide-variety of music ranging from masterworks by Mozart to Catholic standards like “On Eagle’s Wings” or even contemporary songs like “What a Wonderful World.” The Chamber Choir has a very demanding schedule during the school year, and the students sing for several events at Prep and in the local community. Past members of the Chamber Choir have gone on to sing in collegiate groups including the “Heightsmen” of Boston College, the “Glee Club” at Notre Dame and the “Chamber Singers” at USC’s Thorton School of Music.
Frontier Strings from the Omaha Conservatory of Music consists of 30 members from ages 9-18. On average, the students have studied music for 8 years, the range is anywhere from 2-13 years of study. Many also play multiple instruments. Any student who inquires about lessons at the Conservatory can study an instrument of their choice. Frontier Strings is one of a few select groups at OCM that requires an audition to be selected for membership. The Conservatory's Artist-Faculty offer a wide range of musical styles in their teaching from fiddling to jazz, pop to classical. Students chosen to play in Frontier Strings must be able to perform music from many different styles and the stunts and choreography give the students a chance to highly develop their stage presence and showmanship. These important skills have helped Conservatory students to audition successfully, gaining acceptance at the most prestigious music schools in the country. Stunts include: hula-hooping while playing violin; playing violin from various non-traditional positions that obscure the instrument from the player's view, such as above the head, or with strings facing away from the player, as well as bowing on their neighbor's instrument.