Kearney Concert Association


Learn about who we are.


Our mission


It is our mission "to provide and promote concerts of exceptional quality at affordable prices."

Who we are


The Kearney Concert Association has been an essential central Nebraska resource for premiere performances, quality musical entertainment, educational outreach, and cultural enhancement.

The Association began as part of Community Concerts. As an affiliate, Kearney enjoyed such artists as the Shaw Chorale, Vienna Boys Choir, Arthur Fiedler with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Fred Waring, Paul Lavalle, Robert Merrill, Norman Luboff Choir, New Christy Minstrels, Roger Wagner Chorale, George Shearing Quintet, the Young Americans, the Four Freshman, Empire Brass, Johnny Mann Singers & Dancers, Glen Miller Orchestra and numerous ballet companies. 2002 marked the end of Community Concerts and the beginning of the Kearney Concert Associaiton. The Association has since incorporated and become a 501(c)(3)

Though classical artists remain an integral part of our series, offerings have expanded to include jazz, pop, dance and musical theater. The concerts continue to be of highest quality, an essential mix of renowned artists and young performers on their way to prominence.



Angela Wright, President
Tim Farrell, Vice President
Julie Tye, Corresponding Secretary
Raeanna Mitchell, Treasurer
Carol Ellenwood, Executive Secretary

Board of Directors

Ann Bauer Susan Bigg Brian Botsford Jim Cudaback
Gary Davis Matt Fowler James Friesen Michele Friesen
David Glatter Eileen Jahn Lillian Larson Julie Lewis
Stephen Lewis Rick Mitchell Mary Jo Morrow Clayton Moyer
Mariah Murrish Noah Murrish John Petzet Michael Tye
Fran Wilson Jan Wilson    

Advisory Council

Mary York Tom York Norma Guge Judy Baltzell
Geraldine Stirtz Marilyn Jussel Richard Jussel Sharon Hammar

Our History

Four local visionaries who knew the benefits of live performance were determined to provide the Kearney community with this opportunity and so began the Kearney Community Concert Association.
As our community emerged from the traumas of the Depression and World War II, a new appreciation for the performing arts, deeply rooted in community spirit, began to develop. The inaugural season of 1948-49 included Whittemore and Lowe, the St. Louis Symphony, Merriman, and Travers.
In an effort to continue the outstanding tradition of bringing premier live performance to central Nebraska, we became the Kearney Concert Association, an independent association.
Since 1948
A list of the excellent concerts that the Association has enjoyed since 1948.