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Combined Choir to Perform the World Premiere of Kurt Knecht’s “Let There Be Music”

Singers from across the state will unite in song on the Lied stage to celebrate the Lied Center for Performing Arts’ 25th anniversary and the world premiere of “Let There Be Music,” a newly commissioned choral work by nationally recognized composer and Nebraskan, Kurt Knecht, on March 21. The Lied Center proudly invites all Nebraska vocalists, ages 16 and up, to apply to be part of the state-wide choral celebration. Applications for individuals to participate in Nebraska Sings are now being accepted. The deadline to submit is Friday, Feb. 13.

“Nebraska Sings is the perfect way to commemorate the Lied Center’s 25th year,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “It’s a celebration of our robust statewide arts community and a tribute to the Lied Center’s establishment 25 years ago as ‘Nebraska’s Home for the Arts.’ We invite all eligible vocalists to apply to be a part of this historic celebration.”

The Lied Center is looking for singers with some choral experience to be part of the Nebraska Sings community choir. The community choir will perform the final numbers of Nebraska Sings, including the newly commissioned “Let There Be Music by Nebraska” by composer Kurt Knecht. The choir will be directed by Tom Trenney and selected singers will join the Abendmusik Chorus, Abendmusik Festival Children’s Chorus, Community Gospel Choir, Lincoln Boys Cantare Choir, UNL Chamber Singers, and Nebraska Organization of Vocal Artists (NOVA) on stage for the event, with special guests The String Beans. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Nebraska Sings takes place on Saturday, March 21, and singers must participate in four rehearsals ahead of the performance. Rehearsals will start on March 1.

Interested parties can apply to be part of the Nebraska Sings community choir by contacting Petra Wahlqvist, Education and Community Engagement Director or downloading an application at http://www.liedcenter.org/nesings.

Application Information:

To participate in the Nebraska Sings call for artists, you must provide the Lied Center with:

  • Contact information
  • A brief description of choral experience
  • Your availability – all participants MUST be available for four mandatory choir rehearsals AND the public performance. The full rehearsal schedule is listed in the application.


The Celebrate Nebraska call for artists is open to all interested parties over the age of 16. Participants under the age of 19 must provide parent or guardian consent.

Submission Details:

By submitting a Nebraska Sings application, you agree for the performance to be video-filmed/photographed without compensation. There is no honorarium for singers in the Nebraska Sings combined choir. Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Attire will be dressy casual. You will be notified if you have been allocated a place in the Nebraska Sings combined choir by Friday, February 13, 2015.


Please direct all questions regarding Nebraska Sings to Lied Center Community Engagement Coordinator Petra Wahlqvist at pwahlqvist2@unl.edu or call 402.472.3215.

About Grow A Show

“Let There Be Music” is being commissioned as part of the Lied Center’s Grow A Show New Works Development Program which aligns with the Lied Center’s mission to not only present great art, but to be a place that fresh and innovative work is born. The Lied Center and the Grow A Show program have a long history of developing new works. Since opening its doors in 1990, the Lied Center has commissioned dozens of brand new Grow A Show projects including: “Requiem” by the Joffrey Ballet (1990), “Piano Concerto No. 2 (After Lewis and Clark)” by Philip Glass (2004) and “Hayseed” (full album), commissioned in partnership with the Institute of Agriculture and Nature Resources (IANR) by singer/songwriter Susan Werner (2013).