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 see the registration information below. At the time of registration, you will have the option to either mail in a check or pay via credit/debit card online. Payment is due by the end of the first week of lessons to ensure your place for the semester.
If you would like to discontinue your private studies at Millsaps Conservatory of Music, you will need to let us know before September 24, 2018, to receive a partial refund for the fall semester, and February 11, 2019, to receive a partial refund for the spring semester. If you would like to discontinue your class or ensemble studies at Millsaps Conservatory of Music, you will need to let us know before September 24, 2018, to receive a partial refund for the fall semester, and February 11, 2019, to receive a partial refund for the spring semester.
Registration deadline for current and new students for 14-week semester of private instrumental or vocal studies is September 14, 2018, in the fall, and February 4, 2019, in the spring. Deadline for 10-week classes and ensembles is September 14, 2018, for the fall semester, and February 4, 2019, 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 at 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 the course calendar each semester for class offerings and availability.
Composition, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Voice, and Percussion
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 2018–19 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 Community Enrichment to see a full list of group classes.
Cheryl Coker, voice
BMEd, 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, Fla.
Taylis Fernandez, cello & bass
Conservatory Studies, Escuela Nacional de Arte (Havana, Cuba); Undergraduate Studies, Oklahoma State University; BM, MM, University of Southern Mississippii
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
Jason Mathena, marimba and percussion
BME, Auburn University; MM, University of Louisiana-Lafayette; DMA, University of Southern Mississippi
601.974.1422 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Raley, piano
BM, Southern Methodist University; MM, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music; DMA, Rutgers University
601.974.1423 | Email: email@example.com
Jason Rosenberg, theory/composition
BA, New College of Florida; MA, PhD, University of California, San Diego
601.974.1427 | 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, AD, Peabody Conservatory of Music; MM, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
James Turner, guitar
BM, MM, University of Southern Mississippi
* Student faculty list available upon request
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 10–January 6
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 online registration form completely. See Step 2 for payment options.
If you have questions regarding lessons or classes, please contact Rachel Heard before sending in registration form and payment, especially if using the online form of payment. Find further information about tuition.
After submitting the registration form, please submit tuition payment, via one of two options:
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.
As part of the registration process, the tuition fee for private lessons can be paid in full at the beginning of each semester in August and January, in one of two ways:
1. By check
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, the Millsaps Business Office must be notified in writing to receive a partial refund.
Please see the withdrawal policy below.
|Fall and Spring Semester 2018–19|
Semester Tuition (14 lessons)
Semester Tuition (10 lessons)
Classes and Ensemble tuition must be paid in full at the beginning of the semester.
|Fall and Spring Semester 2018–19||Per Semester|
|Musicianship Class (10 weeks)||$210|
|Small Group Ensembles (10 weeks)||$260|
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—Monday, September 24, 2018; spring semester—Monday, February 11, 2019). 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 you would like to discontinue your class or ensemble studies at Millsaps Conservatory of Music, you will need to let us know before September 24, 2018, to receive a partial refund for the fall semester, and February 11, 2019, to receive a partial refund for the spring semester.
Millsaps Conservatory of Music will discontinue lessons under the following circumstances:
1. Nonpayment, or late/insufficient funds payment of tuition.
2. More than four lessons missed without a valid excuse.