Dynamic performance environments offer students multiple creative outlets and a rich terrain for innovative artistic development.
Audition materials for all Bands, Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles and Choirs.

Ensembles at the Conservatory

With opportunities spanning from jazz to ballet to choral conducting, explore the Conservatory's ensembles to find where you belong.

The Conservatory’s operas include two main stage operas each academic year, in fall and spring, on White Recital Hall stage. We also produce black box opera scenes in the spring. Recent operas include Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)The Turn of the ScrewStreet SceneThe Merry WidowHänsel und GretelDialogues des Carmélites, Don GiovanniCosì fan tuttiLa bohèmeRodelindaSuor Angelica and Gianni SchicchiThe Marriage of Figaro, Brook’s La tragédie de Carmen (after Bizet) and many others.

Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
Composers' Guild
Musica Nova
Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
Conservatory Trombone Ensemble
UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet
UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship String Quartet
UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet

CHAMBER MUSIC INFORMATION for SPRING 2020

  • PIANISTS
  • STRING PLAYERS 
  • WOODWINDS (except sax)
  • HORN PLAYERS (NOTE: If you played only in an all-brass group during Fall 2019 and wish to be in a mixed group for Spring 2020, you DO need to play a placement audition for us.)
  • SINGERS wishing to do works for voice + instruments

You are encouraged to form your own group and/or suggest repertoire. Requests are subject to approval but are welcome and are accommodated when possible. On your Chamber Music Information Form, list all players and indicate each person’s instrument. Each player must submit the appropriate information form (see below) and indicate the requested group and/or piece. Make sure all members of your proposed group who were not enrolled in a Fall 2019 piano/string/woodwind chamber group know they must sign up for an audition.

DO NOT register for the course until you are assigned to a group and your coach is announced.

Select from A, B or C below:

A. Returning students who were not enrolled in CONSVTY 305A/5305A in Fall 2019 who plan to enroll for Spring 2020:

Brief placement audition required. Bring the completed information form below. If you don’t audition, you risk not being assigned to a group! Do not register for the course until you are assigned to a group and your coach is announced.

When and where: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12–2 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10–11:40 a.m. in Grant Recital Hall. 

Sign up for your audition time here. Be ready to play five minutes before your appointment. 

Audition repertoire: Short piece or movement(s) of your choice demonstrating your lyrical and technical playing or singing abilities. Accompanists are not required and will not be provided.

Form to complete: Print out and complete all pages of Information Form A and bring the form to your audition.

B. Students who were enrolled in CONSVTY 305A/5305A in Fall 2019 who plan to enroll again for Spring 2020:

No audition required. Please complete Information Form B and email it no later than 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, to Karen Savage, ksavage@umkc.edu.

If you don’t submit your form on time, you risk not being assigned to a group! Do not register for the course until you are assigned to a group and your coach is announced.

C. New, incoming students who plan to enroll in CONSVTY 305A/5305A for Spring 2020:

Brief placement audition required. Bring the completed information form below. If you don’t audition, you risk not being assigned to a group! Do not register for the course until you are assigned to a group and your coach is announced.

When and where: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12–2 p.m. in Grant Recital Hall, and Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10–11:40 a.m. in Grant Recital Hall.

Audition sign-up: Sign up for your audition time here. Be ready to play five minutes before your appointment.

Audition repertoire: Short piece or movement(s) of your choice demonstrating your lyrical and technical playing or singing abilities. Accompanists are not required and will not be provided.   

Form to complete: Print out and complete all pages of the Information Form C and bring the form to your audition.

Questions? Contact Karen Savage, ksavage@umkc.edu or 816-235-6091

  • Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
  • Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
  • Conservatory Trombone Ensemble
  • Composers' Guild
  • Musica Nova
  • UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet
  • UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship String Quartet
  • UMKC Conservatory Graduate Fellowship Brass Quintet

Steeped in the rich jazz history of Kansas City, the UMKC Jazz Camp brings world-renowned performers and jazz educators to Kansas City to work with talented young instrumentalists ages 12 and up. Jazz Camp co-directors Bobby Watson and Mitch Butler and distinguished clinicians provide insight and inspiration to student combos in a welcoming environment. Participants form lasting friendships as they delve deep into jazz in intensive combo rehearsals and coaching sessions. Daily master classes with Jazz Camp faculty, theory and improvisation classes and frequent faculty performances provide a well-rounded experience that touches on all aspects of jazz performance and history. Jazz Camp participants improve technical and improvisational skills and aural acuity while studying the standards of the past and new, innovative literature. All instruments are welcome. The UMKC Jazz Camp concludes with a public performance by the student combos.

Questions? Contact us!
music-ce@umkc.edu
(816) 235-2741

Mailing Address:
UMKC Jazz Camp
UMKC Conservatory
5227 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110

  • Jazz Combos
  • UMKC Jazz Ensemble
  • UMKC Jazz Orchestra

Conducted by Dr. Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson, Ph.D., is Professor of Choral Music Education and Choral Music at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

About Conservatory Concert Choir

This is a large mixed ensemble of freshmen and sophomores which specializes in the performance of a wide variety of choral music, including classical masterworks as well as spirituals and multicultural choral music. Open to all students by audition.

Rehearsals: 

MWF 1–1:50 pm, Grant Hall 122

Conducted by Henry Waters
Henry Waters, M.M., is in his third year of studies toward a D.M.A. in choral conducting.
About Canticum Novum
Canticum Novum is a small, select mixed chamber ensemble (12-24 singers) conducted by graduate choral conducting student Henry Waters. Open to all students by audition. Preference is given to freshmen and sophomores.
Rehearsals:

TTh 1–1:50 pm, Grant Hall 122

Conducted by Gabe Lewis-O’Connor and Henry Waters

Gabe Lewis-O’Connor, M.M., is in his second year of studies toward a D.M.A. in choral conducting.

Henry Waters, M.M., is in his third year of studies toward a D.M.A. in choral conducting.

About University Singers

The University Singers, UMKC’s all-campus choir, is an auditioned mixed ensemble comprised of singers from all fields of academic study as well as members of the Kansas City choral community. They share an ability and love for making music at a high level. The University Singers perform a wide variety of challenging and diverse choral repertoire from numerous historical eras and cultures.

All UMKC students, high school seniors and community members with choral experience are encouraged to audition. Available for one academic credit per semester. 

Rehearsals:

Thursday evenings from 7–9 p.m.
(UMKC Campus, Grant Hall, Room 122).

Conducted by Dr. Eph Ehly; Gabe Lewis-O’Connor, graduate assistant conductor

Gabe Lewis-O’Connor, M.M., is in his second year of studies as a doctoral candidate in choral conducting.

About Conservatory Singers

This is a select chamber ensemble (24-34 singers) dedicated to performing music of the 16–21st centuries at the highest possible artistic level. Open to all students by audition.

Rehearsals: 

MWF, 12–12:50, Grant Hall 122

The Conservatory Orchestra performs several concerts each year in the Conservatory’s White Recital Hall and at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Helzberg Hall.

Click here for photos from the 2019 Finale concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2020

SPRING 2020

Feb. 11, Conservatory Orchestra, directed by Kevin Noe, 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall.

Tickets: $8, $6 seniors; UMKC faculty, staff and all students FREE with UMKC or valid student ID.

Feb. 29, Conservatory Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., White Recital Hall.

Tickets: $8, $6 seniors; UMKC faculty, staff and all students FREE with UMKC or valid student ID.

May 4, Finale with the Conservatory Orchestra and Choirs, 7 p.m., Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The program, featuring the Conservatory Orchestra and Choirs, includes Leonard Bernstein’s gorgeous Chichester Psalms and Ravel’s choreographic symphony Daphnis et Chloé. The choirs are conducted by Eph Ehly, Conservatory Professor Emeritus of Choral Music, and the orchestra is conducted by Kevin Noe, Visiting Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras.


Tickets: $25 general public; UMKC faculty, staff and all students $10 with UMKC or student ID.

The Conservatory Wind Symphony is comprised of the very finest wind and percussion students at the Conservatory and is guided by a philosophy that seeks to expose its students and its audiences to the highest quality of music written for wind instruments. Through the rehearsal and performance of this diverse repertoire, students are exposed to a wide variety of compositional techniques, rehearsal processes and expressive possibilities that challenge students to develop their individual musicianship. This wide range of experiences affords the members of the ensemble an opportunity to receive a comprehensive musical education through a demanding and rigorous process of both rehearsals and performances. The Conservatory Wind Symphony has a rich history of creative programming and collaboration – a hallmark of its existence. Numerous compositions have been written for this esteemed ensemble by some of the world’s leading composers. In addition, the ensemble regularly collaborates with select student composers found within the Conservatory’s 80 composition majors. The Conservatory Wind Symphony is under the direction of Steven D. Davis.

Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Joseph Parisi, conductor

KCCS is an inspirational program for instrumental conductors (orchestral and wind ensemble) seeking to improve at the art and skill of conducting. In its ten-year history, college and university faculty, conductors in the schools and graduate students and upper-division undergraduates studying conducting have attended.

KCCS participants conduct a chamber music ensemble five times during the week on repertoire chosen by Steven D. Davis. Postural analysis to help move in a healthy manner is a vital part of the week as well. Additional sessions have been presented on topics such as pedagogy, gesture, rehearsal techniques, chamber music coaching, historical contexts, philosophy and literature. Steven D. Davis, alongside numerous UMKC Conservatory faculty and distinguished guest clinicians, have designed a symposium to help conductors serve their musicians and offer ways to make an immediate difference with any ensemble.

Questions? Contact us!
music-ce@umkc.edu
(816) 235-2741

Mailing Address:
Kansas City Conducting Symposium
UMKC Conservatory
5227 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110

The Conservatory Dance Intensive gives high school students (grades 9-12) and middle school students (grades 6-8) the opportunity to study with renowned performers and instructors. This five-day intensive consist of classes in ballet technique, pointe, modern technique, composition and supplemental classes customized for participants like partnering, yoga, nutrition and choreography.  Especially valuable as a “boot camp” in preparation for other summer intensive studies, this week is full of insights and rewards that will serve dancers throughout their educational and professional careers.

Questions? Contact us!
UMKC Conservatory
music-ce@umkc.edu
(816) 235-2741

Mailing address:
Conservatory Dance Intensive
5227 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO  64110

Opportunities with the Conservatory Dance Ensemble and the Kansas City Ballet.