Inspiring Joy through the Arts
We believe the Arts are the heartbeat of life. Through music, dance, art and drama, we thrive individually and collectively. For this reason, the Conservatory has always been and will always be committed to providing the highest caliber arts education possible. We are equally committed to making the arts more accessible to students of all ages and being a continual source of inspiration—inside the classroom and out in the community.
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Six Decades of Excellence
Founded in 1956, the Conservatory has celebrated its silver, gold, and diamond anniversaries with an artistic flair. In 2010, we merged with the Cape Symphony to form the largest arts organization on Cape Cod. The synergy between the two arts organizations brings unparalleled educational and entertainment opportunities to Cape Cod and beyond.
Careful faculty selection and thoughtful program development have contributed to the Conservatory’s success. More than 60 outstanding individuals comprise our faculty of teaching artists. Each one has an exceptional educational background along with extensive teaching and performing experience.
Today more than 2,400 students of all ages and skills levels participate in over 75 programs, as well as private and group vocal and instrumental instruction, including instruction under the Suzuki Method. In the dance studios, the bar is set high with a full suite of classical ballet classes and, for those who move to a different beat, we offer jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop dance classes. Creative art and photography offerings enhance our program, and our arts-infused, academically inspired preschool opens the door for little ones to develop a life-long interest in and love for the arts.
Ensemble and Performance Opportunities
Ensemble opportunities are key to young musicians, who will find unique and exciting experiences within our Youth Orchestra and Instrument Group and Mixed Instrumental Ensembles. In Repertoire Class, ballet dancers of all ages and skill levels apply what they learned in their Technique classes to perform steps and phrases from story ballets such as the Nutcracker and Dances in a Secret Garden.
Performance experience is also an important part of a complete arts education. Workshops, master classes, recitals, and concerts—on campus and in various venues throughout the community—form the fabric of each year. Each one brings rich and rewarding opportunities for students to refine their skills and showcase their talents.
Community Minded, Community Connected
To help keep the Arts alive in the school systems, we offer several key outreach programs.
In the nationally recognized MusicWorks! Everyday education program, children at more than 30 schools now listen to classical music for five minutes at the beginning of each school day and learn about the featured composer and composition. In the Music Memory program, students from participating schools study 12 to 16 pieces of the world’s great music then compete in a Name That Tune style contest, supported by the 40-piece live Cape Symphony Music Memory orchestra.
We also host a Young People’s Concert for over 2,800 middle school students each year and bring Lesson Plans for the Classics, a companion multi-media lecture series to the Cape Symphony's Masterpiece Concert Series, to participating schools.
We are a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and also partner with other local Arts organizations and artists to sponsor programs, exhibitions, and events that enrich our community.