Swinney Conservatory of Music
The Swinney Conservatory of Music at Central Methodist University has a long legacy of excellence. The Conservatory was established in 1927 and has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1950. Students in the Conservatory participate in many recitals and concerts throughout the year, and hosts numerous visiting artists and special events.
Festivals and Camps
The CMU Swinney Conservatory of Music holds several festivals and music camps on the Fayette campus throughout the year. Everyone is welcome to attend the public performances for each event.
Band Day: Saturday, October 13, 2018. CMU Band Day is an annual fall event designed to be an educational experience for students and directors. Schools may participate in any category including Parade, Field, Indoor Color Guard, and Indoor Drum Line. Band Day is a MSHSAA-sanctioned event with schools classified per MSHSAA Official School Enrollment Information.
Fall Scholarship Audition Day: November 3, 2018. The Fine and Performing Arts Division at CMU invites you to the Scholarship Audition Day. All students will be offered scholarships. Click here to see the audition requirements. We want you to be a part of the Fine Arts at CMU!
All-State Band Audition Prep Day: November 15, 2018. Are you auditioning for All-State Band? We want to use our years of experience to help you with your final preparations for the ASB audition. Work with faculty who have judged the auditions and can help you focus on efficient and effective preparation methods.
Spring Scholarship Audition Day: February 2, 2019. The Fine and Performing Arts Division at CMU invites you to the Scholarship Audition Day. All students will be offered scholarships. Click here to see the audition requirements. We want you to be a part of the Fine Arts at CMU!
Woodwind Invitational: February 21, 2019. The Swinney Conservatory of Music invites you to the CMU Woodwind Invitational. At this event, you will have the opportunity to work with our experienced faculty as you develop your technique and musical skills. You also can learn more about the music program at CMU, visit with Admissions staff, and spend time with our students.
Music Festival: March 1, 2019. Music Fest is an annual spring event open to middle and high school students. Students can perform vocal or instrumental solos and in small or large ensembles. The CMU Music Festival is a MSHSAA sanctioned event.
State Festival Coaching Day: April 10, 2019. The faculty at CMU have over 100 years of experience in preparing students for State Music Festival and this year we want to help you! Join us for State Festival Coaching Day and spend time working with knowledgeable teachers who have helped hundreds of students prepare successful performances at State.
Summer Music Camp: July 1-3, 2019. The CMU Summer Music Camp is held each July for students in grades 7-12 for band and 8-12 for choir. It’s a great chance to sharpen skills while making new friends in a fun environment.
Voice Invitational Workshop: The Conservatory welcomes high school singers and their teachers, to campus for a workshop focusing on developing strong technique, preparing for auditions and festivals, being part of a master class, and more!
Guard Academy - Color Guard Camp: The CMU Swinney Conservatory of Music is excited to offer Guard Academy for high school Color Guard students to develop and enhance skills in movement, flag, and rifle.
Upcoming Fine Arts Events