Festivals and Summer Programs
The Academy's festivals and summer programs provide enrichment experiences and in-depth training for middle and high school students, aspiring professionals, and established career performing artists.
Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival The annual Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival provides rewarding music experiences for middle and high school band students and band directors. Nationally recognized guest conductors and UMKC faculty host a full schedule of concerts, master classes, and professional clinics, offering in-service time and personal growth. The festival is hosted by UMKC Conservatory faculty members Steven D. Davis and Joseph Parisi.
New Horizons Band Camp (May 18-22) provides a music making experience for adult instrumentalists. The program is designed especially for currently NIHMA members, but non-members are welcome to join us, as well!
Summer Conservatory for Singers (June 8–13) provides a comprehensive musical experience for students ages 14–18 who are interested in the art of singing.
Summer Composition Workshop (June 14–20) for ages 14 and up is an intensive weeklong musical experience that helps young composers hone their craft and find their creative voices.
Wind Band Teaching Symposium (June 15–20) is an intensive professional development workshop with UMKC Conservatory Director of Bands Steven Davis and distinguished guest clinicians.
Choral Conducting Symposium (June 22–26, 2014) is a workshop that focuses on technique for the choral conductor.
UMKC Jazz Camp (June 22–26, 2014) is for young jazz instrumentalists and vocalists ages 12 and up. Participants work with UMKC Conservatory's top-notch jazz faculty and with well-known guest artists.
UMKC Saxophone Symposium (July 14-20) gives advanced high school students the opportunity to study with renowned saxophone performers and instructors.
Glenda Brown Choreography Project offers choreographers and dancers a phenomenal opportunity to explore and develop both technique and artistry.
Professional Development Workshops for UMKC credit include reading sessions offered by J.W. Pepper, classes, and unique performing arts experiences.