Kansas City Conducting Symposium at UMKC

The Kansas City Conducting Symposium is an inspirational program for instrumental conductors (orchestral and wind ensemble) wanting to improve at the art and skill of conducting. In its ten-year history, college and university faculty, conductors in the schools, as well as 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. We are excited to welcome Gary Hill  as our guest clinician for the 2018 KCCS, which will take place at UMKC from June 17-22, 2018.

Enrollment Information
Enrollment is limited to 25 conducting participants. There is no limit on the number of auditors who may register. Participants who would like to earn credit for the Symposium are required to conduct.

Participant ($495) Participants will conduct the UMKC Chamber Winds, as well as attend all sessions. Participant status is designed for conductors with a minimum of a completed bachelor’s degree in music and one year of experience in either a teaching situation or graduate conducting study.

Auditor ($295) Observers will attend all sessions but will not conduct the ensembles. Observer status is recommended for and open to musicians at all levels. Observer registration is not limited.

For-Credit Registration ($200 + UMKC tuition fees) This class is available for one or two credits of graduate or undergraduate credit. This registration fee is required to reserve space as a for-credit participant and is nonrefundable. Tuition fees for credit will be billed from and paid directly to the UMKC cashier’s office.

◦UMKC graduate tuition rates can be found here.
◦More information on how to register for credit can be found on our Conservatory Continuing Education page

Housing and Amenities
Dormitory housing and parking are both available on campus. For more information about on-campus housing, see our page Traveling to and staying in Kansas City.

Pay by Mail
Download our printable registration form and mail in with check payment: 2018 KCCS Registration Form

Tax Deduction
Treasury regulation 1.162-5 permits an income tax deduction for educational expenses (including travel, meals, lodging) undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills.

Frequently Asked Questions
Daily Symposium Schedule

Contact Us
Elizabeth Valle, Festival Coordinator
Charlotte House, Room 207

Mailing Address
Kansas City Conducting Symposium
5227 Holmes St
Kansas City, MO 6410