News • May 16, 2024

Oregon Trail Community Foundation Grant Announcement

By Erin Petersen

May 13, 2024

Omaha Conservatory of Music
7023 Cass St.
Omaha, NE 68132

Contact: Erin Petersen • Director of Advancement• 402-932-4978 •


The Oregon Trail Community Foundation Continues Commitment to Omaha Conservatory of Music’s String Sprouts Program

Omaha Conservatory of Music is excited to announce that it has received a grant from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation in support of its String Sprouts program for the 2024/25 academic year.  This initiative offers five years of no cost string classes, complete with instruments, to 3 and 6-year-olds residing in the Scottsbluff/Gering area, ensuring access to musical education for those who might not otherwise have such opportunities. The impact of String Sprouts extends beyond music, fostering academic and social growth among its young participants.

Currently, 49 students are enrolled in String Sprouts in western Nebraska. Since its inception in 2014, the Oregon Trail Community Foundation has been a steadfast ally, supporting the educational mission of String Sprouts.


About Omaha Conservatory of Music

OCoM is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) school that builds diverse musical community to enrich lives through education and performance. At Omaha Conservatory of Music’s world-class facility at 7023 Cass St. in Omaha, we provide individual lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, guitar, voice, winds, brass, and percussion, as well as conducting, music composition, and theory.


About Oregon Trail Community Foundation

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that improve education, our schools, wildlife preservation, historical landmarks, the arts, healthcare and scientific research.

The Foundation offers grants, scholarships and other services to organizations and individuals through funds provided by donations, memberships, bequests, trusts and other financial vehicles.  The Oregon Trail Community Foundation helps you contribute to the betterment of your community.


About String Sprouts

Ruth Meints, artistic director of Omaha Conservatory of Music, has created a unique curriculum for 3- through 8-year-olds that includes delightful repertoire written by a young, local composer Dryden Meints. Watch them — and others — talk more about this program in a video on our website. String Sprouts brings low to not cost  classes and instruments to 3- through 8-year-olds, at strategically selected areas of Omaha and beyond, who otherwise wouldn’t have access to such opportunities.