Conservatory Choirs Invited to Perform at ACDA Southwest Division Conference

The Conservatory is pleased to announce that the Conservatory Choirs, under the direction ofRobert Bode, are invited to perform at the ACDA Southwest Division Conference, held in Kansas City, MO, March, 2016.  

The Conservatory Choirs with the Conservatory Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach's Matthaus-Passion (St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244) for conference attendees, March 8, 2016, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall.

The St. Matthew Passion calls for two choirs and two orchestras, plus vocal soloists who sing the roles of the Evangelist, Jesus, Pilate, Peter and Judas, and others.  The SMU Meadows Chorale (32 singers) will sing the second chorus. UMKC's Conservatory Singers (32 singers) will sing Chorus 1. Allegro Con Brio (60 singers) and the chamber choirs from four area high schools (25 singers each), plus the UMKC Conservatory Concert Choir (40 singers) join together to sing several movements of the work.  In all, more than 250 singers will take part in the performance.  The UMKC Conservatory Orchestra will be divided into two orchestras for the performance.  The vocal soloists are current UMKC vocal performance students as well as recent UMKC Conservatory graduates. Local high school choirs include Olathe Northwest High School, Pam Williamson, director; Lee’s Summit High School, Chris Munce, director; Lee’s Summit North High School, Jonathan Krinke, director; Shawnee Mission South High School, Lauren VanLeeuwen, director.

The Conservatory Singers, Conservatory Orchestra and vocal soloists will also travel to Dallas to perform the work at Highland Park United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 6.

Dr. Bode notes, "The St. Matthew Passion is a cornerstone of Western music, arguably one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.  It is at once a confluence of drama and liturgy, a concert and a sacred service, a story that is both immense and personal. To listeners of all backgrounds and faiths it offers a universal message of patience, forthrightness, and humility. I am proud to perform this great work of art, and hope that performers and listeners alike will be enriched by the deeply human qualities it offers."


For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949