About the Symposium

Professors Steven D. Davis and Joseph Parisi are thrilled to once again be hosting the Kansas City Conducting Symposium at the UMKC Conservatory! The event runs from Sunday, June 12th to Thursday, June 16th, 2022. 
We are honored to welcome Dr. Sarah McKoin as our guest conducting clinician for KCCS 2022! Registration for KCCS 2022 has now closed.

Comments from past participants:

“This was my first symposium and first experience with UMKC.  If it’s true that you get what you give in life, it’s obvious that you all are giving out a tremendous amount of love and care for music and musicians, because what everyone got back this week was something amazing.” 

– KCCS Observer


“UMKC created a beautiful and creative environment that pushed everyone to give everything they have in the best possible way. The conducting time was extensive and I liked the addition of playing for each other.” 

– KCCS Conducting Participant


I am EXTREMELY satisfied with the event this year. I am 100% re-energized and musically inspired and I can’t wait to conduct my band again!” 

– KCCS Auditor



“I deeply appreciated the care you took to ensure we got to work with all the clinicians. The repertoire was fantastic! Breakout rooms were a GREAT way to foster connection between participants, as well as practice our conducting. I also enjoyed the composer Q&A and the interactive workshops.” 

– KCCS Conducting Participant

What we do:

  • Conducting Rounds:
    • During this time, Conducting Participants conduct the UMKC Conservatory Chamber Players and receive comments from our amazing KCCS clinicians. All Conducting Participants receive high-resolution videos of their conducting sessions. 
  • Breakout Rooms:
    • During breakout rooms, Conducting Participants and Auditors focus on technique and musicality in a reduced teacher:student ratio environment for a more individualized experience. The breakout room ensembles are comprised of UMKC Conservatory students and KCCS attendees. Symposium members will be expected to prepare these excerpts in advance and bring their own instruments. UMKC Bands may supply larger instruments upon inquiry.
  • Special Topics:
    • Our Special Topics sessions feature UMKC faculty members, guest clinicians, and other invited guests. Topics may include music history, wind instrument techniques, educational philosophy, composition, and any other pertinent subject matter.
    • These sessions can take the form of panel discussions, lectures, interactive activities, and more.   
  • Dinner/Happy Hour:
    • Each night, we designate a different local restaurant at which participants are welcome to gather and spend some time networking and getting to know each other. Restaurant locations and maps will be available at program check-in. 

All programs will follow health guidelines mandated by the city, state, and federal government. For more information, please see UMKC’s Coronavirus page: UMKC Coronavirus

Questions? Contact us!
(816) 235-5448

Mailing Address:
Kansas City Conducting Symposium
UMKC Conservatory
5227 Holmes St.
Kansas City, MO 64110