Conservatory Academy's Musical Bridges Program Wins Innovator Award


The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance's preparatory academy has been awarded an Innovator Award from Kansas City's ArtsKC organization.

The Innovator Award is for the Academy's Musical Bridges, part of the Conservatory in the Schools programs.  Since Musical Bridges was founded in 2007, more than 100 students in the Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, and Hickman Mills school districts have participated in the Musical Bridges program.  The majority of the program’s graduating seniors since 2008 have gone on to college, some receiving significant scholarships for their musical skills.The program’s model, El Sistema, was developed by economist and musician Jose Antonio Abreu and has been replicated in cities throughout the U.S.

Students selected to participate receive weekly lessons at their school during their regular music ensemble class and are held accountable to maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students’ educational lives are enriched by visits from guest artists and by opportunities to compete for instruments and funds for summer programs.

The Conservatory's Academy shares the award category with Mattie Rhodes Art Center and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, both of which also won for Innovator.

Congrats to our Academy and to Musical Bridges.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949