Great Plains Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association

7811 Davenport St.; 402-397-4673;

Dedicated to keeping bluegrass and other old-time music alive. Meets the first Sunday of the month from October through May. Features a one-hour show at 2 p.m. and an open jam session from 3 to 5 p.m. Admission: $3, members; $5, nonmembers; free, ages 12 and younger.

Intergeneration Orchestra of Omaha

4780 S. 131st St.; 402-444-6536, ext. 1021;

A nonprofit orchestra featuring volunteer musicians age 25 and younger and 50 and older in about seven pops concerts a year.

The Madrigal Singers

Ibsen Costume Gallery, 4981 Hamilton St.; 402-556-1400;

In its 29th year, this select professional a cappella ensemble presents a Renaissance-style Madrigal Christmasse Feaste each December. Members also perform smaller engagements throughout the metro area during the holiday season. Dwayne Ibsen of Ibsen Costume Gallery produces.

Nebraska Brass

315 S. Ninth St., Suite 110, Lincoln; 402-477-7899;

A brass quintet that presents five sets of concerts a year with performances in Omaha, Lincoln and other Nebraska communities. It also appears throughout the Midwest in the touring programs of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Heartland Arts Fund. In one of its most visible programs, Nebraska Brass presents educational concerts in more than 20 elementary schools in the Lincoln and Omaha areas each year.

Nebraska Opera Project

This nonprofit organization offers opera and classical music performance opportunities to high school and college students as well as emerging and seasoned performers with connections to Nebraska. Performances are staged in traditional and nontraditional settings.

Nebraska Wind Symphony


This Omaha-based brass, woodwind and percussion ensemble presents concerts throughout the year and has several outreach programs with area schools. A smaller ensemble is the Swingtones, a big band. Major concerts are performed at the Omaha Conservatory of Music and the Holland Performing Arts Center. Locations vary for the band’s free outdoor concerts.

Omaha Area Youth Orchestras

1905 Harney St., Suite 401-B; 402-238-2044;

This nonprofit arts organization features more than 500 students participating in chamber and orchestral ensembles that range from intermediate to highly proficient levels. Musicians range from age 8 to 18 and represent 20 school districts. Need-based tuition scholarships available.

Omaha Chamber Music Society

7914 West Dodge Road, Suite 364; 402-960-6943;

Dedicated to bringing chamber music to Omaha. Presents a summer music series and concerts throughout the year. Offers outreach and education programs.

Omaha Conservatory of Music

7023 Cass St.; 402-932-4978;

A diverse musical community offering private lessons and a variety of classes — from winds and brass to music theory. This nonprofit school also educates and creates performance opportunities.

Omaha Symphony

Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.; 402-342-3836;

Omaha’s professional orchestra performs concerts from September through June. Most concerts are at the Holland Performing Arts Center. The season includes classical, chamber, pops, rock, movie themes and family-friendly concerts. A popular program is the annual Christmas show, which features Broadway singers and tap-dancing Santas.

Opera Omaha

1850 Farnam St.; 402-346-7372;

Nebraska’s only professional opera company. Opera Omaha’s main-stage productions take place at the Orpheum Theater, while smaller productions and musical events are staged throughout the city. Offers regional education and outreach programs, including the Holland Community Opera Fellowship. The innovative ONE Festival feature more than 50 multidisciplinary performances, installations, conversations and explorations at venues across the metro.

Orchestra Omaha

2524 N. 55th St.; 402-681-4791;

Nonprofit group of volunteer and amateur musicians. Presents four concerts between September and April at the Omaha Conservatory of Music Concert Hall. Annual Young Artists Competition in the fall, with winners performing in a concert. Partners with other nonprofits. Admission is free; donations accepted.

Papillion Area Concert Band


The band performs during the summer in city parks and also rehearses once a month for a winter concert in the Papillion-La Vista High School auditorium. Smaller groups include the Brass Choir, the Dixieland Band and the Mini PAC band. Under the direction of Ken Molzer.

River City Ringers


An auditioned, advanced community handbell choir performing a variety of music for various audiences in various venues. River City Ringers have been featured performers at Lauritzen Gardens, the Durham Museum and Holland Performing Arts Center. The choir provides music for weddings, private parties and Christmas events.

USAF Heartland of America Band


Stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, the Heartland of America Band is composed of active-duty musicians who perform an array of musical styles for public concerts, civic events and military functions. All performances are free and open to the public.

Vesper Concerts

402-333-7466, ext. 5;

Chamber concerts featuring local, national and international talent for 31 seasons. Programs are at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 S. 114th St. Concerts are free and open to the public.

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