Explore music making through an experimental lens.

SOUNDRY Institute workshops are designed for anyone interested in experimental music, sound art, and modern classical music. The institute presents workshops throughout the year on composition, improvisation, instrument building, and professional development given by Dr. Stacey Barelos, as well as renowned national and international guest artists.

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2019 SOUNDRY Participants perform original pieces at Joslyn Art Museum

Photo by Ben Semisch


SOUNDRY Summer Institute

August 2-6, 2021

The 2021 SOUNDRY Summer Workshop will be held online. Daily Schedule will include morning activities and workshops and guest artist talks each afternoon. SOUNDRY is conceived of and directed by Dr. Stacey Barelos. Guest artist talks for the 2021 session will be given by Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Chari Glogovac-Smith, Veronica Anne Salinas, and Amanda DeBoer Bartlett. 


A.M. Virtual hour: MONDAY - FRIDAY, self-directed video assignments


1-3pm: Meet in person at KANEKO (1111 Jones st., Omaha, NE)

MONDAY: Participant workshops

TUESDAY: Guest - Amanda Deboer Bartlett, vocal workshop

WEDNESDAY: Participant workshops and **6pm on Zoom** Special Guest, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb

THURSDAY: Guest - Veronica Anne Salinas

FRIDAY: Guest - Chari Glogovak-Smith


7pm: Soundwalks (weather pending)

MONDAY: Heron Haven, 11809 Old Maple Rd


WEDNESDAY: **6pm on Zoom** Special Guest, Ayelet Rose Gottlieb


FRIDAY: Under the Radar Festival



"To say there was some apprehension is probably an understatement. That apprehension vanished within minutes, and what followed is a sequence of the most affirming and illuminating moments I’ve had since returning to music. Omaha Under the Radar artists and Soundry Instructors are formally trained and recognized musicians, but all of them have carved out unique niches for themselves. Listening to the instructors and guest artists felt less like instruction and more like an invitation to join in on that exploration, and that feeling is one I return to when I lose sight of my own potential."               


- Amy, SOUNDRY Participant 2017

"SOUNDRY was an unforgettable experience where I learned many different skills and met really cool people. It helped me learn more ways to embrace my overflowing creativity in just a few days!"

- Lily, SOUNDRY Participant 2015


Guests and instructors are drawn from the phenomenal Omaha Under the Radar Festival line-up. 

Past contributors include:

Courtney Bryan              Jamie Burmeister

Liz Gre                             Alexandria Smith

Seth Shafer                    Jason Domonkos

Allison Balcetis              Anthony Donofrio

Danny Clay                     Leanna Keith

Jason Webb                   Ray Evanoff

New Muse Duo              Jesse Langen

Cassia Kite                     Jay Kreimer




SOUNDRY is directed by composer and pianist Stacey Barelos and includes expert instructors from Omaha and around the country.  


Omaha native Stacey Barelos is a performer and composer specializing in the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Regarding her first solo release, The Midwest American Piano Project, the American Record Guide said, “Stacey Barelos...plays with authority and poetic nuance, her beautiful tone captured vividly in this warm recording...” As a composer, Stacey’s works have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe and Australia.  Currently, Dr. Barelos teaches at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is the Education Director for the Omaha Under the Radar Festival.  For more information, see her website, www.staceybarelos.com.