Conservatory Introduction

"A culturally rich metropolis..."†

The New York Times celebrated the role of the arts in defining Kansas City's character in a 2010 article. For more than a century, the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been a leader in creating the city's cultural riches and in extending UMKC's reach nationally and internationally. Focused upon creativity, performance, scholarship and learning in the arts, the Conservatory is, at heart, a community of warm and fiercely dedicated people.

Excellence, Access, and Innovation are guiding principles at the Conservatory.

Excellence: More than 100 faculty and staff guide 600 students through a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The 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 dedicated to helping students create their place in a changing world.

Access: The Conservatory is a vital educational and cultural partner in Kansas City through its robust performance schedule and engagement programs. Led by 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, the Conservatory partners with a diverse range of educators, artists and organizations to expand audiences and sustain arts instruction for every child.

Innovation: In an age of immense possibility and breathtaking technological change, we believe artistry is a key to the future. The 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.

A life in the arts is calling. We invite you to learn more about the Conservatory on this web site and through our social media channels. Whether you are a prospective student, parent, returning friend, or a collaborator, we hope you learn about us and we look forward to learning more about you.

† New York Times, May 16, 2010