The Omaha Symphony announces Centennial Overtures, a fall festival of outdoor and indoor physically distanced concerts, including "Bach, Vivaldi, and Schneider"
November 21, 2020
The Omaha Symphony looks forward to bringing live orchestral music back to Omaha with Centennial Overtures, a fall festival prelude to the orchestra’s centennial season. This slate of fall performances includes a range of orchestral, pops, and chamber music programming leading up to the beginning of the symphony’s redesigned centennial season, which is set to begin in January.
CHECK OUT "Bach, Vivaldi, and Schneider." Bach triples down on strings with his Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, while concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore shines in selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Joining these two masters is Omaha young composer Winston Schneider, with a piece written just for the occasion.
NET's story "Winston, Young Composer" wins Heartland Emmy
July 25, 2020
The story "Winston, Young Composer" produced by NET Television's Mike Tobias (producer/writer), Justin Cheney (videographer/editor) and Emily Kreutz (field audio) won the 2020 Heartland Emmy for Arts/Entertainment Program Feature/Segment.
Schneider's "Insect Suite" to be Featured in Omaha Symphony's "Buzzing About Bugs" Concert
Omaha Symphony's concert "Buzzing About Bugs" will feature the Nebraska premiere of "Insect Suite," an 11 minute piece for full orchestra. Also learn about the incredible insects in your own backyard in this musical adventure, presented in partnership with Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
CHECK OUT story about Winston on KETV, "12-year-old Omaha Composers Musical Piece Featured by Omaha Symphony."
CHECK OUT story about Winston in Broadway World, "Omaha Symphony to Perform INSECT SUITE by Child Composer, Winston Schneider."
CHECK OUT story about Winston in the Omaha World Herald, "Omaha Symphony to play young local composer's work."
Schneider Wins National Lowell Mason House Music Education Advocacy Competition
The Lowell Mason House is a music education and advocacy organization. During the autumn of 2019, participants were asked to submit a video, song, presentation or paper that expresses their ideas on an important issue - the future of music education advocacy in the 21st century. Schneider was the Grand Prize Winner with a video essay.
"Wunderkinder," Orchestra Omaha
Orchestra Omaha's first concert of the season will feature the works of three composers who all wrote works while very young:
Schneider: The Jocund Overture
Mozart: Symphony No.38 “Prague” in D Major, K.504
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64
September 28, 7 PM, Omaha Conservatory of Music
In the fall of 2018, young composter Winston Schneider was commissioned to write a melody and string trio for the Omaha Conservatory of Music’s fall fundraising annual appeal. The melody was revealed notes at a time on Facebook, as donations rolled in. Schneider’s “The Jocund Melody” helped to raise $68,800 for the OCM, $38,800 over their $30,000 goal.
Since that time, 11 year old Schneider has turned “The Jocund Melody” into “The Jocund Overture.” “When I was in the first meeting and asked to write a melody to reflect the vibe of the OCM, I immediately thought of the OCM on a busy day, with people coming and going and happy. I wanted a happy vibe for the song. The main motive of the piece came to me then, and I wrote it down in the meeting. That initial motive is the basis for this piece. I hope you find some element of joy in ‘The Jocund Overture.’”
ArtsCanvas.org (PBS NewsHour)
Bugs and books become inspiration for this 11-year-old composer
NET's "What If..." story is picked up nationally and featured on PBS NewsHour's Arts Canvas website.
Buzzing About Bugs: Omaha Symphony Performance Announced
GET TICKETS! Just announced: Omaha Symphony will play Winston's "Insect Suite," an 11 minute piece composed for full orchestra. Holland Performing Arts Center, Sunday, February 23, 2019.
"Learn about the incredible insects in your own back yard in this musical adventure, presented in partnership with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, featuring an original work by 11-year-old Omaha composer Winston Schneider."
Omaha Conservatory of Music's melody reveal fundraiser campaign: "The Jocund Melody"
In the fall of 2018, Schneider was commissioned to write a melody and string trio for the Omaha Conservatory of Music’s fall fundraising annual appeal. The melody was revealed notes at a time on social media, as donations rolled in. Schneider’s “The Jocund Melody” helped to raise $68,800 for the OCM, $38,800 over their $30,000 goal.