James C. Olson Performing Arts Center
4949 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110-2229
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Phone: (816) 235-2900

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance is internationally recognized as a center for artistic excellence, innovation and engagement with our communities. In rehearsals, in class, and on stage, our students interact with an exceptionally gifted faculty and with leading visiting artists in ways that are supportive, yet rigorous. Our faculty and students recognize that arts careers in the twenty-first century will blend new works with master pieces; unite performance, engagement and education; and above all will pulse with a sense of adventure and creativity. A community of artists, educators and scholars, the UMKC Conservatory enrolls about 600 students in a comprehensive array of liberal arts and professional music degree programs. The UMKC Conservatory produces about 400 events each academic year, including student recitals, large ensembles, chamber music, main stage operas, choral concerts, dance, master classes, guest lecturers, and more. Most events are free admission. The Conservatory Artist Series partners with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and the Folly Theater to present its talented ensembles performing exciting repertoire on these renowned professional stages. For ticket information, call 816-235-6222 or visit The Community Music and Dance Academy forges connections between the UMKC Conservatory and the greater Kansas City arts community. It offers applied instruction in music and dance, classes and lessons, innovative concert programming, professional development, summer programs, festivals and our rapidly growing Conservatory in the Schools program in area schools. The faculty is comprised of Conservatory faculty, alumni, and graduate students, offering dedicated instruction by top-notch musicians and dancers. Currently, the Academy reaches more than 2,400 community members annually. Call 816-235-2741 or for more information. The UMKC Conservatory is a leader in the cultural growth of Kansas City and the region. It has been the source of more than 10,000 concerts, recitals, and master classes in Kansas City and is the birthplace of several of Kansas City's performing arts organizations. Faculty and alumni have key roles in the founding of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Friends of Chamber Music, Kansas City Chorale, Quality Hill Playhouse, newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and the Kansas City Ballet.


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