Meet the Staff

Elizabeth Valle, Academy Director, UMKC Conservatory Academy

Elizabeth Valle has held the position of Director of the UMKC Conservatory Academy since 2016. In this position, she coordinates the Conservatory’s non-credit lessons and classes, festivals, workshops, summer camps, and Conservatory Bridges. Elizabeth received a BA with an emphasis in Harp Pedagogy from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and an MA from the UMKC Conservatory.

Bianca Kumar, Program Assistant, UMKC Conservatory Academy

Bianca Kumar earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Ohio State University in 2016 and a Master of Music degree from UMKC Conservatory in 2018. Outside of UMKC, she runs BK Wind Studio which consists of oboe and flute students, teaches masterclasses throughout the KC metro schools, and is the assistant principal oboe/English hornist of the Wichita Grand Opera.

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