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Academy Scholarships

Scholarship applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are now available!

The Academy offers merit-based scholarships to outstanding musicians selected by audition. Current Academy students, as well as prospective Academy students, are eligible to audition for scholarships. Awards are applied directly to tuition at the Academy for private lessons or music classes for the following school year.

Scholarship auditions for the 2023-2024 school year will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2022

Students must be nominated by a music teacher (Academy instructor, private instructor, band/orchestra director, etc.). Applications are due by April 15, 2023. Applications are available here: Academy scholarship application 2023-2022

  • Rose Bruening Dunn Performance Scholarship – for one or more outstanding pre-collegiate piano students (age 18 or younger).
  • H. Lynn and Emily White Scholarship in Pre-Collegiate Music Performance – for an outstanding pre-collegiate instrumental performer with the demonstrated potential and promise for a career in music (age 18 or younger).
  • Dorothy Zimmer Scholarship – for one or more outstanding performers or composers age 18 or younger.
  • Noah Matthew Siegel Academy Scholarship in Piano Performance – for piano applicants between the ages of 10-18. This scholarship is renewable annually contingent upon active participation in local performance and competitive opportunities, and continued exceptional progress as judged by the Piano Faculty and Academy Director.

UMKC Faculty/Staff/Student Discount for Academy programs

Employees and current students of UMKC are eligible for a 10% discount on private lessons (not applicable for group classes and workshops). On-campus workers not employed by UMKC are not eligible.

For more information on scholarships, how to apply, or to request an application form, please contact the Academy office by phone at (816) 235-2741 or email at

Interested in the Conservatory's Outreach throughout the Kansas City Metro?

Conservatory Bridges provides exceptional young musicians with the intensive, one-on-one instruction and performance experience necessary to prepare for auditions into selective university programs such as UMKC Conservatory. While quality performing arts education can take place through ensemble instruction at the pre-collegiate level, the ability to reach the highest levels of artistry in music almost always depends on individual nurturing through one-on-one lessons beginning at an early age. By focusing on underrepresented populations, Conservatory Bridges aims to give students with great artistic potential the opportunity to succeed in the performing arts.