Conservatory of Music


Millsaps College Conservatory

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:

  • Provide community engagement between Millsaps Conservatory of Music, Millsaps College, Mississippi Symphony OrchestraMississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra, , and the greater Jackson metropolitan area.
  • Serve all who would like to study and understand the art of music.
  • Develop a wide variety of educational programs for students of all ages and levels of study.
  • Offer the highest quality of music instruction available in the greater Jackson metropolitan area. Millsaps College students instructors are occasionally available for beginner-level lessons.


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.

Millsaps Conservatory of Music Students 

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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Chamber Music Camp

Find out more about Chamber Music Camp - June 24-28

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.

Chamber Music Coaching Sessions

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.

Admission Requirements

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.


Courses of Study

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.

Private Lessons Schedule for the Academic Calendar Year 2018-19 will include the following:

Composition, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Voice, and Percussion

  • Calendar includes 28-week lesson schedule from August through May.
  • Parent observation week takes place during the week of October 22 to discuss the progress and share future plans for their child’s course of study. A second observation will be scheduled at the end of the spring semester to review the year’s progress and discuss future plans.
  • Student Recital opportunities are offered throughout the year. Teachers will encourage their students to participate in these recitals for goal setting and in preparation for other festivals organized by local and state music teacher organizations.
  • All students are encouraged to participate in local and state performance evaluations, and other group activities organized by the Millsaps Conservatory.
  • Student performance evaluations are scheduled at the end of the spring semester.
  • Summer Private Lessons—Please consult with your teacher for availability. Students might like to try out a new instrument during the summertime, or to receive extra lessons or training in preparation for the coming year. Payment is based on per-lesson fee. 

Class and Group Instruction Schedule for the Academic Calendar Year 2018–19 will include the following:

Chamber Music Ensembles:
String Ensembles
Piano and String Ensembles
Piano Ensembles

Theory/Musicianship Classes

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:

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:

Jason Mathena, marimba and percussion
BME, Auburn University; MM, University of Louisiana-Lafayette; DMA, University of Southern Mississippi
601.974.1422 | Email:

Lynn Raley, piano
BM, Southern Methodist University; MM, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music; DMA, Rutgers University
601.974.1423 | Email:

Jason Rosenberg, theory/composition
BA, New College of Florida; MA, PhD, University of California, San Diego
601.974.1427 | Email:

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




July–August 20 
Pre-Registration: All applicants should use the registration form

August 20
Fall semester lessons begin
Theory and Musicianship Class Placement Test—for more information, please call 601.942.8839.

September 3 
Labor Day Holiday

September 4 
Fall semester classes and ensembles begin

October 6 
Student Recital
3 p.m.
AC Recital Hall

October 8-9 
Millsaps College Fall Break

October 22–26
Parent observation week

November 10 
MCM student recital
3 p.m.
AC Recital Hall

November 17
Music Forum of Jackson/Millsaps College
Sonatina-Sonata Festival

November 21–25
Thanksgiving Break

December 8
First semester ends

December 10–January 6
Christmas Holiday

January 7
Spring semester begins

January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 22
Spring semester classes and ensembles begin

January 26
All-Baroque Recital
3 p.m.
AC Recital Hall

March 11–16 
Spring break

March 30 
Student Recital
3 p.m.
AC Recital Hall

April 19–21
Easter Weekend—No classes scheduled

April 27
Spring Recitals
3 p.m.
AC Recital Hall

May 1–3
Student evaluations

May 17
Second semester ends



Step 1

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.

Step 2

After submitting the registration form, please submit tuition payment, via one of two options:

  • Payment of full tuition amount by check, sent to Millsaps Conservatory of Music, c/o Rachel Heard, Millsaps College, 1701 N. State St., Jackson, MS, 39210, or  
  • Payment via credit card online on the registration form.

Step 3

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.



For Private Lessons, Musicianship Classes, and Chamber Ensembles

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

2. Online with a credit or debit card

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.

Semester Tuition for Private Lessons

Fall and Spring Semester 2018–19

Semester Tuition (14 lessons)
Master Teacher

Semester Tuition (10 lessons)
Student Teacher

30-Minute $575 $310
45-Minute $720 $385
60-Minute $865  

Semester Tuition for Musicianship Classes and Chamber Ensembles

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


Attendance Policies

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.

Withdrawal Policy for Classes or Lessons

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.