James C. Olson Performing Arts Center
4949 Cherry Street
(816) 235-2900

Mailing Address
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Conservatory of Music and Dance
4949 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110-2229

Interim Dean:
Andrew Granade

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies:
David Thurmaier

Associate Dean for Performance/Operations:
James Snell

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies:
Aidan Soder


UMKC is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (1933), the National Association of Schools of Dance (2008), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (1961), and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Mission Statement

On the University of Missouri's designated performing arts campus, the UMKC Conservatory is an educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship, and learning in the arts. We are a vital partner in Kansas City's rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances. As a community we collaborate to balance tradition and innovation, diversity and unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.