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.
Community Vocal Program
Music lessons offered through CMU are ideal for those seeking individualized attention, musical growth and enrichment. Adults, High school and junior high students are encouraged to participate. Motivation and interest are the only entrance requirements.
Lessons are taught by voice faculty and advanced vocal undergraduates. Sessions are 14 weeks long and include participation in a recital, and fees are negotiated with the instructor. Interested in the Community Vocal Music Program? Contact Lynette Beeler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 660-248-6317.
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: 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. More Information...
Community College Choral Invitational: All community college singers are welcome to participate in the CMU Community College Choral Invitational held on the Fayette campus. The festival is open to both choirs and individuals. The events are customized to fit the interests of participants.
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.
Invitational Brass Conference: The CMU Brass Conference is hosted biennially in early spring and is open to high school brass players and band directors. Participants are offered clinics throughout the day in furthering their playing and sessions are held for the directors. Performances of CMU brass ensembles and a featured group are at the end of the conference. Registration Form
Voice & Piano Invitational Workshop: The Conservatory welcomes high school singers and pianists, along with 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!
Music Festival: 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. More Information...
State Festival Coaching Day: The faculty of the CMU Music Department have more than 100 years of teaching and adjudication experience. We want to use that experience to help students in their final preparations for State Music Festival! Registration Form
Summer Music Camp: The CMU Summer Music Camp is held each July for students in grades 6-12 for band and 8-12 for choir. It’s a great chance to sharpen skills while making new friends in a fun environment. Registration Document
Worship Music Camp: Join other high school and middle school worship musicians, and participate in valuable and exciting experiences!
Upcoming Fine Arts Events