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 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
"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:
Liz Gre Alexandria Smith
Seth Shafer Jason Domonkos
New Muse Duo Jesse Langen
Cassia Kite Jay Kreimer
SOUNDRY Summer Institute is a week-long summer institute for anyone interested in exploring experimental music and modern classical music. The institute will include sessions on composition, improvisation, instrumental building, and professional development given by renowned Omaha Under the Radar Festival artists and guests.
Soundry is suited for ages 18 & up (ages 14 – 18 will be admitted with permission). Registration is required and space is limited for this program.
Deadline to register is July 1st!
Guests and instructors are drawn from the Omaha Under the Radar Festival line-up.
Photo by ALeksandr Karjaka
Instrument pictured built by Jay Kreimer
STACEY BARELOS: DIRECTOR
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. In addition to her concert works, Dr. Barelos frequently writes pieces for her studio. Her recent article, “Composing for Your Students!” encourages other teachers to do the same. Currently, Dr. Barelos teaches piano and composition at the Omaha Conservatory and is the Education Director for the Omaha Under the Radar Festival. For more information, see her website, www.staceybarelos.com.