Festivals and Summer Programs

The Conservatory'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.

Below, you will find links to the individual web pages of each program:


Advanced Choral Conducting Workshop (May 30–June 1, 2018) focuses on conducting technique for the choral conductor.  Directed by Dr. Robert Bode.

UMKC Percussion Workshop (June 5–7, 2018) 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 10–14, 2018) gives high school students (Grades 9-12) the opportunity to study with renowned saxophone performers and instructors.  Directed by Zach Shemon.

Composition Workshop (June 17–22, 2018) 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 Dr. Mara Gibson.

Kansas City Conducting Symposium at UMKC (June 17–22, 2018) is an intensive professional development workshop with UMKC Conservatory Director of Bands Steven Davis and distinguished guest clinicians.

UMKC Jazz Camp (June 24–28, 2018) is for aspiring jazz instrumentalists ages 12 and up. Participants work with Jazz Camp co-directors Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas, along with UMKC Conservatory's top-notch jazz faculty and with well-known guest artists.

UMKC Double Reed Institute (June 25-29, 2018) provides high school students the opportunity to work with UMKC double reed faculty, play chamber music, learn the craft of reedmaking, and perform.

Glenda Brown Choreography Project (July 15-27, 2018) 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.


Midwest Honor Band and Orchestra Festival (February 9–11, 2018) 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.

Questions not covered on our web pages?

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