Explore music making through an experimental lens.

Created in Partnership with KANEKO, SOUNDRY is a series of workshops designed to explore music through an experimental lens. With courses in instrument building, composition, graphic notation, improvisation, deep listening, and more, the workshops invite learners of all ages and experience levels to create new work in a supportive and curious environment. 

Under the direction of Dr. Stacey Barelos, SOUNDRY has held annual workshops during the Omaha Under the Radar Festival since 2015. The program has expanded to offer programs throughout the season geared toward adult learners.


SOUNDRY Summer Institute 2020



"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

SOUNDRY Summer Institute is designed for anyone interested in exploring experimental music and modern classical music. The institute will include sessions on composition, improvisation, instrument building, and professional development given by renowned Omaha Under the Radar Festival artists and guests.

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



Tuition has been waived for the 2020 COURSE

Schedule: The exact schedule is still being set, but daily schedule will typically consist of...

1. Morning - video/assignment including a listening exercise and a project (instrument making, soundscape prep, etc...)

2. Afternoon - participants and instructors meet on Zoom for 1-2 hours. We will improvise, workshop/perform soundscapes, use our new instruments, meet with guests, and more.

Materials: Instructors will put together a "kit" for students if they need unusual instrument materials. Materials will be delivered to students.

For more info and to sign up for the online summer course,

click below and register. 


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

Photo by ALeksandr Karjaka

Instrument pictured built by Jay Kreimer



The KANEKO 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.