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Conservatory of Music and Dance

  • The New York Times has praised the Conservatory as "one of the country's liveliest academies," with faculty that include a Pulitzer Prize winner, Grammy nominees, Guggenheim fellows and internationally celebrated choreographers.
  • Since its 1906 founding, the Conservatory has enormously influenced Kansas City's cultural scene. UMKC Conservatory faculty, alumni and students have founded the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Chorale, Kansas City Ballet, Summerfest and the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company.
  • Through robust partnerships with Kansas City's leading arts organizations, Conservatory students interact with international stars such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato and many others.