The Instrumental Studies program provides a wide array of performing opportunities through its chamber music ensembles, orchestras, band and jazz ensembles. Students engage in studio classes, seminars, and mock auditions through work with our exceptional faculty. Each experience helps students learn the skills, range, and versatility required in their chosen careers.
The Conservatory Orchestras perform large choral/orchestral works, perform in the opera pit and regularly perform chamber repertoire that highlights its members' skills as orchestra musicians and soloists. Conservatory bands are invited regularly to perform throughout the regional and nation at leading festivals and conferences. A broad array of chamber ensembles provides students the opportunity to rehearse and perform independently, though a supportive faculty coach that guides each group.
Kansas City is synonymous with jazz and the Conservatory embraces this tradition with world-renowned teachers and performance opportunities that are almost unparalleled. Jazz students perform in large ensembles and in combos; learn jazz theory and history; and are frequently award winners at the national level.
Marita Abner, bassoon; Keith Benjamin, trumpet; Celeste Johnson, oboe; Jane Carl, clarinet, (Chair of ISD); JoDee Davis, trombone; Steve D. Davis, Wind Symphony; Alexander East, cello; Lawrence Figg, cello; Noah Geller, violin; Joseph Genualdi, violin; Mark Gibbs, cello; Jan Gippo, chamber music; Martin Hackleman, horn; Jeffrey Kail, string bass; Benny Kim, violin; Scott Lee, viola; Christopher McLaurin, percussion; Douglas Niedt, Jr., guitar; Robert Olson, orchestras; Nick Petrella, percussion; Mary Posses, flute; Zach Shemon, saxophone; James Snell, percussion; Thomas Stein, tuba/euphonium; Peter Witte, conducting