The Conservatory choirs offer choral performance at the highest artistic level to all UMKC students, faculty, staff, and community members. You do not have to be a student in the UMKC Conservatory to sing with us. 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, including UMKC faculty and composers-in-residence. This list includes Jennifer Higdon, Chen Yi, and Zhou Long.

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. Jennaya Robison

Jennaya Robison, DMA, is the Raymond R Neevel/Missouri Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Studies

The Conservatory Singers is the flagship choral ensemble at the Conservatory, conducted by Dr. Jennaya Robinson. The membership of the chorus is comprised of graduate and highly-skilled undergraduate 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 and a feature concert at the National Convention of the American Chordal Directors Association in 2019 featuring the music of Chen Yi and Zhou Long.

Open to all students by audition. 

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


CONSERVATORY CONCERT CHOIR
conducted by Dr. Charles Robinson

Charles Robinson, Ph.D., is Professor of Choral Music Education and Choral Music

Conservatory Concert Choir is a large mixed ensemble exclusively comprised of undergraduate singers which specializes in the performance of a wide variety of choral music, including classical masterworks as well as spirituals and multicultural choral music. Conservatory Concert Choir participates in numerous Kansas City-area performances each year and was recently a featured ensemble at the Missouri Music Educators Conference in January 2020.

Open to all students by audition. 

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


CANTICUM NOVUM
conducted by UMKC graduate choral conductor(s)

Canticum Novum is a select mixed chamber ensemble conducted by graduate choral conducting students. Typically drawn from the membership of Conservatory Concert Choir, this chamber choir is comprised of undergraduate singers. Canticum Novum participates in various concerts each semester. 

Open to all students by audition.

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

Virtual Performance (Spring 2020): “earth song” – Frank Ticheli

UNIVERSITY SINGERS
conducted by Dr. Jennaya Robison, assisted by UMKC graduate choral conductor(s)

Jennaya Robison, DMA, is the Raymond R Neevel/Missouri Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Studies

University Singers is a mixed ensemble focusing on producing excellence in choral music and community engagement. University Singers focuses on music for larger chorus and orchestra as well as music from the unaccompanied choral tradition, choral masterworks, and newly composed works from around the world. Regardless of experience, all UMKC students, faculty, staff, and members of the Kansas City Community are invited to participate in University Singers. All singers must sign up for a choral placement hearing. A “choral hearing” is a required part of the process for joining University Singers. The choral hearing will allow us to place you in the appropriate section. 

Open to all students, faculty, staff and members of the Kansas City Community. 

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

UMKC Virtual Combined Choir – “Let the Music Fill Your Soul” by Dr. Jacob Narverud