The Instrumental Studies program provides a wide array of performing opportunities through its chamber music ensembles, orchestras, band and jazz ensembles. Additionally, students engage in studio classes, seminars, and mock auditions, through their work with our exceptional faculty. Each experience is designed to help 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 engage in chamber repertoire that highlights its members' skills as orchestra musicians and soloists. The Conservatory bands are invited regularly to perform throughout the regional and nation at leading festivals and conferences. A broad array of chamber ensembles provides each student the opportunity to rehearse and perform independently, though a supportive faculty coach 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.