Summer is HOT at the Conservatory!

Even though our academic year is coming to a close, things are heating up at the Conservatory with our Festivals and Summer Programs! These events provide enrichment experiences and in-depth training for middle and high school students, aspiring professionals, and established career performing artists. There is truly something for everyone at the Conservatory this summer!


Click the links below to find out more about these exciting opportunities:

UMKC Percussion Workshop (June 4–6, 2019) provides high school and middle school percussion students the opportunity to hone their technical skills and improve their musicianship. Directed by Nick Petrella.

Kansas City Saxophone Workshop (June 9–13, 2019) gives high school students (Grades 9-12) the opportunity to study with renowned saxophone performers and instructors. Directed by Zach Shemon.

Conservatory Dance Intensive (June 10-14, 2019) gives high school students (Grades 9-12) the opportunity to study with renowned performers and instructors. Directed by David Justin.

Composition Workshop (June 16–21, 2019) for ages 14 and up is an intensive weeklong musical experience that helps young composers hone their craft and find their creative voices.  Directed by Michael Miller.

Kansas City Conducting Symposium at UMKC (June 16–21, 2019) is an intensive professional development workshop with UMKC Conservatory Director of Bands Steven Davis and distinguished guest clinicians.


UMKC Double Reed Institute (June 17-21, 2019) provides high school students the opportunity to work with UMKC double reed faculty, play chamber music, learn the craft of reed making, and perform. Directed by Martia Abner and Celeste Johnson.

UMKC Jazz Camp (June 23–27, 2019) is for aspiring jazz instrumentalists ages 12 and up. Participants work with Jazz Camp co-directors Bobby Watson and Mitch Butler, along with UMKC Conservatory’s top-notch jazz faculty and with well-known guest artists.

Glenda Brown Choreography Project (July 21-August 2, 2019) offers choreographers and dancers a phenomenal opportunity to explore and develop both technique and artistry.

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The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation, and engagement with our communities, with more than 300 concerts, recitals, shows, and events throughout the year. In rehearsals, in class, and on stage, our students interact with an exceptionally gifted faculty and with leading visiting artists in ways that are supportive, yet rigorous. Our faculty and students recognize that arts careers in the twenty-first century will blend new works with master pieces; unite performance, engagement, and education; and above all will pulse with a sense of adventure and creativity. A community of artists, educators, and scholars, the UMKC Conservatory enrolls more than 600 students in a comprehensive array of liberal arts and professional degree programs in Composition, Music Theory, and Musicology; Dance; Instrumental Studies; Jazz Studies; Keyboard Studies; Music Education/Music Therapy; and Vocal Studies.