Midland Partners with Omaha Conservatory of Music to Provide Scholarship Opportunities
Midland University and Omaha Conservatory of Music are forming a partnership that will create scholarship opportunities for students in the Performing Arts. Midland will provide scholarships to high school seniors who are participating in lessons through the Conservatory. Scholarships begin at $21,000 per year and could be increased based on academic qualifications.
“We are so excited to offer scholarships to Omaha Conservatory of Music students. The Omaha Conservatory is an incredible organization with fantastic teachers and students who have dedicated themselves to the study of music in their pre-college days,” said Anne Sorensen-Wang, Midland University Director of Performing Arts. “Midland gives students the opportunity to take the next step and participate in music ensembles and other performance opportunities at the collegiate level, no matter what field of study they choose.”
Ruth Meints, Executive Director for Omaha Conservatory of Music, views the partnership as an avenue to provide assistance to Conservatory students as they seek to utilize their talents at the collegiate level. “The Omaha Conservatory is proud to graduate some of the best students (both academically and musically) in the state,” she said. “We are always excited to provide scholarship opportunities for these outstanding students. We are partnering with Midland University to provide significant scholarships to graduating seniors who have studied a musical instrument at the Omaha Conservatory.”
Midland offers music performance opportunities for students with various interests, including band, choir, a cappella groups, and jazz combos. Midland also stages three musicals each year. Students have the opportunity to take individual lessons, learn from guest artists on campus, teach music lessons in the K-12 Midland Performing Arts Studio, and take advantage of courses tailored to their interests.
“Midland University’s “Arts for All” mentality is the driving force behind our department. Students are eligible for scholarships in music, theatre, dance, studio art, and speech, regardless of their degree program,” Sorensen-Wang said. “They may choose to major in Arts Management or Music Education, or any other academic program we offer from Digital Marketing to Nursing. As a result, we have a wonderfully diverse group of students brought together by their passion for the arts.”
The Omaha Conservatory of Music’s mission is to build a diverse musical community to enrich lives through education and performance. The Conservatory’s encouraging environment allows students to gain confidence in their musical abilities, learn discipline and mastery, and enjoy music-making with their peers. The Conservatory’s passion for learning, combined with dedication to excellence, works to make music a lifelong source of joy and inspiration for students and families.
Sorensen-Wang believes the partnership will allow students to capitalize on the opportunities presented to them and excel as both students and performers. “Because of the high standards of musicianship for both students and faculty at Omaha Conservatory of Music, we know that these students will be stepping into college with a high degree of expertise and experience in music,” she said. “We would love to have them be part of the arts at Midland.”
Founded in 1883, Midland University is a liberal arts college providing relevant opportunities in more than 30 academic areas, four graduate programs, and a variety of professional studies programs to students at both their Fremont and Omaha locations. Recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as the 9th fastest-growing private, nonprofit baccalaureate institution in the country, Midland takes a modern approach to liberal arts education. Their innovative approach of working from the marketplace back provides students with the relevant skills to lead in the world with purpose.
Omaha Conservatory of Music provides individual lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, guitar, ukulele, voice, winds, brass, and percussion, as well as conducting, music composition, history and theory. Their outstanding Artist-Faculty challenge inspires a student body of more than 800 students through individual lessons and group classes at 7023 Cass St. in Omaha and touches the lives of thousands of others through programs such as String Sprouts, summer programs, concert series, and off-campus classes. Their rich musical community offers a variety of classes, interaction with guest artists, ensemble experiences, educational workshops, solo and group performances, and other unique opportunities in collaboration with arts organizations throughout the region. Learn more about their mission and offerings at omahacm.org.