UMKC Conservatory Crescendo 2019: Together We Rise

CRESCENDO 2019: Together We Rise

Friday, November 8, 2019

Crescendo is one of Kansas City’s premier arts events, hosted by the UMKC Conservatory at the beautiful Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The event has raised millions for student scholarships with support from generous donors and under the guidance of the Friends of the Conservatory. “I never thought I would get to study opera at a conservatory and you helped make that dream come true,” says scholarship recipient Nick (M.M. vocal performance).

Honorary Chairmen Julie Quirin and Teri Miller and Mark Sappington and David McGee and Co-Chairmen Marylou Turner and Michael Henry invite you to join them at this year’s Crescendo on Friday, November 8.

A fast-paced performance showcasing the talented students of the UMKC Conservatory, Crescendo delights audiences year after year. Held in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, this exciting prism concert features more than 250 student and faculty performers. Jazz, opera, theater, dance and music fill Helzberg Hall in one of Kansas City’s premier arts events.

After more than 20 years, Crescendo has raised millions of dollars for student scholarships, through the generosity of individuals, corporations and community sponsors.

Setting the Stage

The Concert

Whether you’re a lover of jazz, opera, theater, dance or classical music, you will find it all in this fast-paced, one-hour performance in Helzberg Hall by 250 of the Conservatory’s most talented students and faculty.

This fast-paced, 60-minute performance of Crescendo spotlights Conservatory students and faculty as they perform in a prism concert, with performers in various locations throughout Helzberg Hall for a totally immersive experience. The concert—whose repertoire is a well-kept secret—features dance, jazz, opera, voice, orchestra, theatre, and more.

Tickets to the concert, which is a part of our Conservatory Artist Series, are $50 for general public, while UMKC faculty, staff, and all students with UMKC or other student ID are $15.


Gala guests will gather in the glorious Brandmeyer Great Hall for cocktails and dinner before the concert. The celebration continues afterward when Brandmeyer will be transformed into our Crescendo after-party with music, dessert, and refreshments.

Sponsorship Opportunities

All sponsors receive tickets to the gala, invitations to the patron party and program recognition. For more information, contact Mark Mattison at 816-235-1247 or

Where does my money go?

All proceeds from Crescendo go toward scholarships for students at the UMKC Conservatory. (Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law for goods and services. After the event, you will receive a letter from UMKC confirming the tax-deductible portion of your contribution. The tax-deductible portion for a Gala ticket is $125.)

Who organizes Crescendo and how can I get involved?

Our Crescendo co-chairs, steering committee and volunteers are the driving force behind this event. These community leaders are experts in public relations, finance, ambiance and more. Their gifts of time and talent ensure an unforgettable evening for our guests. Please contact Tamara Morris at 816-235-6173 if you would like to volunteer.



About UMKCConservatory 8 Articles
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.