The UMKC Conservatory of Music has earned national and international recognition through its music and dance performance, composition, teaching and scholarship. The most comprehensive music and dance educational center in the Midwest since 1906, the Conservatory boasts more than 80 faculty widely recognized as world-class scholars, artists, teachers and leaders in their fields.

The Conservatory attracts many of the finest students in the world with more than 600 musicians and dancers currently enrolled. The students are nearly equally divided between undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Conservatory consists of six divisions including Composition, Music Theory and Musicology, Dance, Instrumental Studies, Keyboard Studies, Music Education/Music Therapy, and Vocal Studies.

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Recent Submissions

  • Till Coffee Do Us Part 

    Chittum, John Rupert (2016)
    Till Coffee Do Us Part is a chamber opera scored for two violins, cello, electronics,  soprano, and tenor. The opera was written as a part of Black House Collective’s and the  Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alli ...
  • Tsuki no Shirabe for flute and koto 

    Steele, Scott (2015)
    Tsuki no Shirabe was composed at the request of Jun Aita-san to commemorate her 60th birthday of her mother, Michiko Saito-san. I asked to compose music that is both reminiscent of Japanese music and aesthetics, and ...
  • Cryptogram (2011) for wind ensemble 

    Capp, Tyler Avis (2015)
    Cryptogram is a nine-minute, one-movement composition for wind ensemble that explores the use of embedded musical quotations to generate basic melodic, harmonic, and formal structures. In contrast to traditional quotation, ...
  • Press Start: Narrative Integration in 16-bit Video Game Music 

    Sextro, Justin Daniel (2015)
    Ever since Pong graced the screens of video arcades, one of the most influential interactions between technology and sound has been the video game console. Over the past decade, scholars have begun to recognize this ...
  • Redwall Symphonic Poem for Orchestra 

    Luetkemeyer, Joshua Kyle (2015-08-04)
    Redwall is programmatically based off of the Redwall book series by Brian Jacques. The story takes place in a medieval world where animals are given human characteristics. The protagonist, Martin, is a slave mouse who ...
  • Chamber Symphony 

    Kern, Joseph (2015-08-04)
    “Chamber Symphony” is a symphony for chamber orchestra (flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, clarinet, bassoon, two horns in F, piano, and strings) and soprano. It is in a nesting doll structure. That is, there are increasingly ...
  • Darwin's Thought 

    Tam, Ka Shu (2015-07-28)
    It is difficult to describe accurately the bond between humans and society. Our current society is morphing at such a gradual pace that no one seems to notice many changes. Those changes, however, accumulate and in fact ...
  • The Effect of Performance Condition on Second-Grade Student’s Rhythmic Accuracy While Sight-Reading 

    Schwinger, Michelle Renee (2015-07-28)
    The purpose of this study was to examine rhythmic performance accuracy while sightreading rhythms using either rhythmic speaking, body percussion, or instruments. A secondary purpose of this study was to study possible ...
  • Bird-like: five scenes for sinfonietta (or chamber orchestra) 

    Ottum, Cooper Riley (2015-07-28)
    Bird-like is a continuous series of five musical scenes for sinfonietta, or, optionally, chamber orchestra (single winds, with a small string section). Each scene is inspired by the motions, behaviors, and physical ...
  • Excursus: Three Art Songs for Soprano and Flexible Media 

    Kauhl, Cody Lee (2015-07-28)
    Commissioned by coloratura soprano Mikaela Sullivan for performance in April 2014, Excursus explores the methods in which modern television broadcasting attempts to provide different facets of human desire, thus propagating ...
  • Musical Contour Regulation Facilitation (MCRF) to Support Emotion Regulation Development in Preschoolers: A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study 

    Moore, Kimberly Sena (2015-06-19)
    Emotion regulation (ER) is the ability for a person to maintain a comfortable state of arousal by controlling and shifting his or her emotional experiences and expressions. The emergence of maladaptive ER occurs in ...
  • Three Images of the Vicissitude of Weather : a chamber orchestra 

    Kim, Sori (2015-05-27)
    Three Images of the Vicissitude of Weather is a piece for chamber orchestra and consists with three movements (Darkness Before a Storm, The Chaos, and One Fine Morning) by describing images of changing weather. The piece ...
  • Lapse of time, for flute, clarine, violin, cello, percussion and piano 

    Yang, Ming (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 3/10/2015)
    The inspiration for this piece came from some initial sounds in my mind. The music is combination of these sounds, which sometimes mix well and sometimes collide. In order to realize these sounds, I created three primary ...

    Mims, Jeremy; Dallo y Lana, Miguel Mateo. Domine ad adjubandum me festina; Dallo y Lana, Miguel Mateo. Beatus vir (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2015-03-09)
    As research into the Mexican Baroque continues to expand, forgotten composers and their works are garnering deserved attention. Miguel Mateo Dallo y Lana (c. 1650-1705), who served as maestro de capilla [chapel master] at ...

    Johnson, Richard W., 1978- (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2015-03-09)
    Quaerere Sententias (“search for meaning”) is a collection of pieces composed for soloists, digital audio, and video. The first set, Quaerere Sententias I, is comprised of three pieces: Introit, for trumpet; Hiram, for ...

    Bolte, Jason Lee, 1985- (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2015-03-09)
    "Child's Play" is a collection of three pieces for instruments and fixed electronic media inspired by the sounds of my daughter's toys. The first piece, "With My Eyes Shut" is for clarinet and fixed electronic media, the ...
  • Neurologic music therapy (NMT) theory & technique 

    Groene, Robert William (2012-06-05)
  • Ms. Linto 

    Kuo, Kuan Chi (2014-09-30)
    Ms. Linto is inspired by a famous Taiwan legend called Ms. Linto. This story happened in Tainan. Linto who is a widow and raises three kinds alone, was tricked out of her life saving by a smooth talking handsome man, ACSi ...
  • Charles Mingus Played Bass?: Rediscovering a Jazz Soloist Through Transcription 

    Stinson, Andrew Williams (2014-09-30)
    Bassist and composer Charles Mingus (1922-1979) was one of jazz music's most influential and prolific artists. Both his instrumental and compositional abilities were highly regarded during his life, and remain so today. ...
  • Time, Unfolding 

    Chan, Chin Ting (2014-09-30)
    time, unfolding was written for performance in the 70th Annual Composers Conference at Wellesley College. It explores the slow unfolding of musical materials and how it affects our perception of musical time. The idea ...

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