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, Camps, and Events
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.
Central's Got Talent: December 11. This is an annual event for music students in their senior year who enjoy praise music, choir, and/or band. Two full-tuition scholarships will be awarded after competition and generous scholarships are available for all who perform.
Upon application/registration, students will be contacted by the Office of Admissions about their acceptance and the procedures for the event. Parents and families are welcome to attend and may watch their student perform. Throughout the day, we will provide opportunities to see the campus and to learn about financial aid, student services, and a variety of other helpful information. Note: Full-tuition scholarship winners are required to live on campus.
Woodwind Invitational: 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: 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.
Alumni Choir: Alumni of Central’s choirs from every generation are invited to CMU for a day of rehearsals and memories, as well as an evening concert at 7 p.m., which will be open to the public in Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on the CMU campus.
State Festival Coaching Day: 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.
Alumni Band: Alumni of Central’s band and instrumental ensembles from every generation are invited to CMU for a day of rehearsals and memories, as well as an evening concert at 7 p.m., which will be open to the public in Linn Memorial United Methodist Church on the CMU campus.
Summer Music Camp: The CMU Summer Music Camp provides band students in grades 7-12 a great chance to sharpen music skills while making new friends in a fun environment.
Band Day: CMU Band Day is an annual fall event designed to be an educational experience for students and directors. This year we will have Street and Field competitions only. CMU Band Day is a MSHSAA-sanctioned event with schools classified per MSHSAA Official School Enrollment Information.