The Millsaps Conservatory of Music, in conjunction with Millsaps College and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, offers the highest quality music education to aspiring musicians of all ages, regardless of skill level or economic background. It places students in a creative environment that inspires musical excellence and fosters discovery of their unique expressive voice.
Our primary and future goals are to:
Private lessons and classes take place on the Millsaps College campus, in the Academic Complex building. Recitals and other musical presentations are held in the 450-seat Recital Hall. The music facilities at Millsaps are excellent, with Steinway and Boston grand pianos in most of the teaching studios and practice rooms, and two Steinway D concert grand pianos in the Recital Hall and a 9-station piano lab for musicianship and group piano study.
To register for studies at Millsaps Conservatory of Music, please fill out a registration form, and send to: Millsaps College, 1701 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39210, c/o Rachel Heard, director of the Millsaps Conservatory of Music. At the time of registration, please indicate how you will pay for tuition: 1.) Full tuition for the semester, or 2.) 5-month Bank Draft payment. If you plan on paying the full tuition amount, payment is due by the end of the first week of lessons to ensure your place for the semester. If you plan on paying with the 5-month Bank Draft payment plan, you the first month payment + completed bank-draft form are due by the end of the first week of lessons to ensure your place for the semester.
If you would like to discontinue your studies at Millsaps Conservatory of Music and you are using the Bank Draft payment plan, you will need to let us know before September 17, 2016 in order to stop payment. The final monthly payment for the fall semester will be December 10, 2016. The final monthly payment for the spring semester will be May 10, 2017.
Deadline for current and new student registration for 14-week semester of private instrumental or vocal studies is September 23, 2016 in the fall, and February 17, 2017 in the spring. Deadline for 10-week classes and ensembles is September 16, 2016 for the fall semester, and February 3, 2017 for spring semester.
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The Millsaps College Department of Music offers a Chamber Music Camp through the Office of Continuing Education. For camp schedules, fees and registration, please contact the music department office, 601.974.1422.
The Millsaps College Summer Chamber Music Camp is a weeklong camp for young artists, created to promote and encourage the development of string and piano Chamber music performance. Students who are rising 7th through 12th graders will have the opportunity to work with Millsaps faculty performing artists and members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, in a supportive atmosphere of collaborative music-making. The daily schedule includes ensemble coaching, classes, rehearsals, master classes and evening performances by the artist faculty.
Prior to camp, each student will be placed in two ensembles, according to his/her level of performance and study. Students will be sent their ensemble music for study and preparation with their private teachers. During the camp, the faculty will work on this special material with each ensemble and in master classes. Ensembles will also be given time to rehearse on their own and as a group during the week.
Student performers must have at least two years of experience in private lessons, or instrumentalists must have at least three years of experience in orchestra.
Millsaps Conservatory of Music offers private and group musical instruction for students of all ages, kindergarten through high school and beyond.
Private instruction is available for most all instruments and voice. Theory and musicianship classes are also available. Please consult course calendar each semester for class offerings and availability.
Extravoixganza! - For Classical and Musical Theatre Singers
Extravoixganza! is a 10-week vocal Master Class/Studio Class starting January 22, 2017. The class is geared toward intermediate to advanced singers familiar with basic vocal technique. It is ideal for the adult vocational music lover as well as aspiring college and advanced high school performers who seek additional instruction and a constructive performance outlet. Find out more about Extravoixganza!
Musikgarten - Cycle of Seasons (ages 3-5)
Celebrate your child’s love of nature and growing independence through musical activities focused on the seasons. Classes are designed to build attention and self-expression. Activities include singing, chanting, moving, listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement and storytelling. Find out more, including calendar and tuition.
Music Theory/Musicianship Classes (offered to students in 7th-9th grade and 10th-12th
Theory classes will include writing and ear training components to enhance musical communication and analytical skills. Composition lessons will allow students to develop their own musical expressions, and they will present their works at the end of each semester. Find out more, including calendar and tuition.
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, and Voice
Chamber Music Ensembles:
Piano and String Ensembles
Calendar includes 20-week class schedule from September through May. Students may enroll for one semester at a time. A list of current theory classes to be offered for the 2016-17 school year is forthcoming. Ensembles will be formed based on enrollment. The Millsaps College Continuing Education Division offers group music classes in their Community Enrichment Series. Please visit the Community Enrichment website to see a full list of group classes.
Cheryl Coker, voice
BMEd – University of Southern Mississippi, MM – University of Southern Mississippi, DMA – University of Minnesota
601.974.1425 | Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Encinas, viola & violin
BM – Gnessin-Institut Moscow, MM University of Southern Mississippi
Gayle Entrekin, flute
BM, MM – Rice University; additional studies with Geoffrey Gilbert, DeLand, Fl.
Taylis Fernandez, cello
Conservatory Studies – Escuela Nacional de Arte (Havana, Cuba), Undergraduate Studies – Oklahoma State University BM – University of Southern Mississippi, MM – University of Southern Mississippi
Ken Graves, clarinet/saxophone
BM – University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music, MM – University of Southern California, Conservatory Studies - The Colburn School
Rachel Heard, piano
BM – The Juilliard School, MM – The Juilliard School, DMA – Rutgers University
601.974.1420 | Email – email@example.com
James C. Martin, voice
BM/oboe minor - Illinois Wesleyan University; voice - MM - The Juilliard School; Juilliard Opera Center Fellowship; Professional Operatic Apprenticeship's with Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and L'Opera national du Rhin (Strasbourg, FRANCE)
Lynn Raley, piano
BM – Southern Methodist University, MM – University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, DMA – Rutgers University
601.974.1423 | Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kazuaki Shiota, theory/composition/technology
BM -- University of North Texas
MM, DMA - University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
Danuta Szlubowska, piano
BM - Elsner Music Conservatory (Warsaw, Poland), MM Chopin Academy of Music (Warsaw, Poland), Post-Grad Diploma - Institute of Music Pedagogy, Warsaw University (Warsaw, Poland).
Marta Szlubowska, violin
Conservatory Studies – K. Szymanowski Music Liceum, (Warsaw, Poland), BM – Peabody Conservatory of Music, AD – Peabody Conservatory of Music, MM – University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Email - http://www.martaszlubowska.com/
James Turner, guitar
BM, MM – University of Southern Mississippi
Karen Wissel, Musikgarten
BFA - Ohio State University
Pre-Registration: All applicants should use the registration form
Fall semester lessons begin
Theory and Musicianship Class Placement Test - for more information, please call 601.942.8839.
Labor Day Holiday
Fall semester classes and ensembles begin
AC Recital Hall
Millsaps College Fall Break
Parent observation week
MCM student recital
AC Recital Hall
Music Forum of Jackson/Millsaps College
First semester ends
December 12–January 8
Spring semester begins
Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday
Spring semester classes and ensembles begin
AC Recital Hall
AC Recital Hall
Easter Weekend – No classes scheduled
AC Recital Hall
Second Semester Ends
Fill out the registration form completely. Return to Millsaps Office of Continuing Education, Academic Complex Building Room 100, or send the form to Millsaps Conservatory of Music, c/o Rachel Heard, Millsaps College, 1701 N. State St., Jackson, MS, 39210. Along with the registration form, please submit one of the following:
After receiving the registration form and tuition payment, MCM will contact each student with information regarding registration and teacher placement. At this time, students will also receive teacher contact information for all classes or private lessons. Private lesson times will be arranged between students and teachers. Tuition payment will not be deposited until all lesson and class arrangements have been made.
Once a lesson or class/ensemble confirmation is received by the director, tuition payment will be deposited.
Find further information about tuition.
As part of the registration process, tuition fee for private lessons can be paid in one of two ways:
1. In full at the beginning of each semester in August and January.
2. Using the 5-month bank draft payment service, with the first month’s payment due in August (and January for new students) at the time of registration, and the 10th day of the subsequent months by bank draft - i.e., September, October, November, and December for the Fall Semester; and January, February, March, April, and May for the Spring Semester.
Payment can be made in full by check or credit card, or using the 5-month bank draft payment service. Checks should be made out to Millsaps College and sent to: Millsaps Conservatory of Music, c/o Rachel Heard, Millsaps College, 1701 North State St, Jackson, MS, 39210. If a student decides to discontinue lessons at the conclusion of the fall semester and has selected the monthly payment plan, the Millsaps Business office must be notified in writing to stop bank draft payment for the spring semester. A $50 fee will be charged for any returned checks or bank drafts.
|14-week semester (Fall and Spring)|
|Full Semester Tuition||5 Monthly Payments|
Classes and Ensemble tuition must be paid in full at the beginning of the semester.
|Musicianship Class (10 weeks)||$200|
|Small Group Ensembles (10 weeks)||$250|
1. Students are expected to regularly attend all lessons, classes, and ensemble rehearsals, and must notify the teacher 24 hours in advance of any absences. Since the teacher has reserved a weekly lesson or class time for each student, the teacher is not required to make up a lesson missed by the student due to illness, vacation, schedule conflict, etc. If a teacher has time available during their regular teaching hours, a courtesy make-up lesson may be offered, but only at the discretion of the teacher.
2. If a teacher cancels a lesson/class or if MCM closes for any reason, a make-up lesson/class will be offered. In addition, a credit is not available for make-up lessons or classes that are agreed-upon and then missed by the student.
3. When illness is involved, please be responsible. Students should not attend lessons, classes or rehearsals if they are ill and/or contagious. If a teacher determines that the student is too ill to have a lesson, they have the right to send the student home.
4. Exceptions to these policies will certainly be considered in the rare case of serious illness or other emergency situations and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Students and parents who register for lessons or classes at the Millsaps Conservatory of Music must commit to continuing their studies for the full semester.
Withdrawal by the student from lessons or a class can only be made before the conclusion of the fourth week of classes each semester to receive a partial refund (Fall Semester – Saturday, September 24, 2016; and Spring Semester – Saturday, February 11, 2017). Students will be responsible for paying for the number of lessons received up until (and including) the fourth week of the semester. After the fourth week of classes, students will be responsible for the entire semester of tuition. If a student decides to discontinue lessons at the conclusion of the fall semester and has selected the monthly payment plan, the Millsaps Business office must be notified in writing to stop bank draft payment for the spring semester.
Millsaps Conservatory of Music will discontinue lessons under the following circumstances:
1. Non-payment, or late/insufficient funds payment of tuition.
2. More than four lessons missed without a valid excuse.