The Conservatory choirs offer choral performance at the highest artistic level to all University students – undergraduate through graduate – and to music majors and non-majors alike. Each of the Conservatory choral ensembles is guided by a philosophy that seeks to expose its students and audiences to great choral masterworks and to music written by living composers.

Through the rehearsal and performance of diverse repertoire, students are exposed to a wide variety of compositional techniques, traditions and expressive possibilities. This wide range of experiences affords singers an opportunity to receive a comprehensive musical education through a demanding, rigorous and inspiring process of rehearsal and performance.


CONSERVATORY SINGERS
conducted by Dr. Robert Bode
Robert Bode, DMA, is Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Studies at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

The Conservatory Singers is the flagship choral ensemble at the Conservatory, conducted by Robert Bode. The membership of the chorus is comprised of 32 graduate and upper-level undergraduate vocal studies students and graduate conducting students.  The Conservatory Singers has a rich history of creative programming and collaboration, and regularly commissions and performs new choral works by America’s finest composers. In addition to numerous Kansas City-area performances each semester, the ensemble also tours annually throughout the Midwest.  Recent events included a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Southwest Division of the American Choral Directors Association Convention in Kansas City in March of 2016.

Rehearsals: MWF, 12:00–12:50, Grant Hall 122


CANTICUM NOVUM
conducted by Mrs. Lorissa Mason
Lorissa Mason, MM, is in her second year of studies toward a DMA in Choral Conducting.

This is a small select mixed chamber ensemble (12-20 singers), conducted by graduate choral conducting student Lorissa Mason.  Open to all students by audition.  Preference is given to Freshmen and Sophomores.

Rehearsals: TTh 1:00 pm-1:50 pm, Grant Hall 122


CONSERVATORY CONCERT CHOIR
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.

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 1:00 pm-1:50 pm, Grant Hall 122


UNIVERSITY SINGERS
conducted by Mr. Jacob Narverud
Jacob Narverud, MM, is in his second year of studies toward a DMA in Choral Conducting.

This is a mixed ensemble specializing in the performance of classical choral masterworks, conducted by graduate choral conducting students under the supervision of Dr. Robert Bode. Open to all students by audition. Non-Conservatory students with choral experience are encouraged to audition.

Rehearsals: Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm, Grant Hall 122. Dress rehearsals to take place in performance venues.