Capitol Concert Series

Each year, the NMEA coordinates the Capitol Concert Series as part of "Music In Our Schools Month®" (MIOSM). MIOSM is officially designated by NAfME to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children and to remind citizens that schools are where all chidden should have access to music. Ensembles across the state and are selected to perform in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Lincoln where State Senators, along with the public, are invited to attend.

This year's Capitol Concert Series is scheduled for March 21-24, 2022 in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Lincoln. Congratulations to all of the ensembles selected for this year's concerts!

Please be prepared to shift directions and adjust at any time due to COVID-19 safety procedures that may be implemented at the State Capitol. The State Capitol also reserves the right to cancel this event at any time. As of now, please plan to wear a mask at all times unless actively performing. (If this changes, we will let you know right away). Due to the ever-changing nature of safety protocols due to COVID-19, please be flexible and be prepared for entrances, room numbers, etc to be changed or adjusted. We will be in touch with you as soon as any changes are made.


Monday, March 21, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Ashland-Greenwood Elementary Choir Sharon Bebout
Monday, March 21, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Northwest Orchestra Shawn M. Pfanstiel
Tuesday, March 22, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Hastings Middle School 8th Grade Band Troy Ehmke
Tuesday, March 22, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Papillion La Vista Monarch Men Tyler Buglewicz
Wednesday, March 23, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Elkhorn South Concert Choir Cal Cross
Wednesday, March 23, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Malcolm High School Concert Band Ryan Marsh
Thursday, March 24, 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Cozad 8th Grade Choir Stacie Blackmore
Thursday, March 24, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Columbus High School Concert Choir Jacob Ritter


Past Capitol Concert Series


Our 2021 Capitol Concert Series was held March 22-25, 2021. Performers included ensembles from Columbus, Dorchester, Grand Island Northwest, Kearney, Lincoln Christian, and Pius X high schools as well as Elkhorn Ridge Middle School and Hartington-Newcastle Public School.

Hartington-Newcastle Public School 5th/6th Grade Band directed by Mary Hahne


Sotto Voce from Lincoln Pius X directed by Todd Krier


Lincoln Christian Jazz Band directed by Emiley Bond


Kearney High School Brass Ensemble directed by Nathan LeFeber


Columbus High School Percussion Ensemble directed by Jeff Peabody


Dorchester Public School Mixed Chorus directed by Steve Jirsa

Northwest Wind Ensemble from Grand Island Northwest High School directed by Shawn Pfanstiel


Elkhorn Ridge Middle School 8th Grade Small Ensemble directed by Lauren Ballou