Redefining Education in the Arts

Our Vision

As a conservatory of international stature, we aim to be the destination of choice for students seeking artistic and pedagogical excellence, training that is enhanced through community-centered learning, and research and creativity in the integrated performing arts. Situated within an urban research university in Kansas City, we collaborate with our local and campus partners to engage in work unique to this region as we pursue a global understanding of how the arts improve lives.

Our Mission

On the University of Missouri's designated performing arts campus, the UMKC Conservatory is an educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship and learning in the arts. We are a vital partner in Kansas City's rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances. As a community, we collaborate to balance tradition, innovation, diversity and unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.

Guiding Principles


More than 100 faculty and staff guide nearly 700 students through a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs. UMKC Conservatory presents 500+ events per year, including recitals, master classes, concerts, workshops and main stage productions. A distinguished group of artists, scholars and educators, our faculty are passionate about art and are dedicated to helping students create their place in a changing world.


UMKC Conservatory is a vital educational and cultural partner in Kansas City through its robust performance schedule and engagement programs. Led by UMKC Conservatory faculty, staff, alumni and students, our Academy reaches 2,400 students per year, ages 2 to 82, through lessons, ensembles, music camps, festivals and more. Part of a model urban research university, UMKC Conservatory partners with a diverse range of educators, artists and organizations to expand audiences and sustain arts instruction for every child.


In an age of immense possibility and breathtaking technological change, we believe artistry is a key to the future. UMKC Conservatory embraces innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in the creation of new works, new ways to share emerging and established repertory and in helping students develop a portfolio of career skills to navigate the 21st century.