VAPA, Colorado Springs Conservatory join forces

The music program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts recently completed a partnership agreement with the Colorado Springs Conservatory to connect high school students with college-level music ensembles and instruction.

Select high school students who study at the conservatory can now audition to play in the UCCS Jazz Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensemble, and Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, according to Glenn Whitehead, assistant professor, Visual and Performing Arts.

“This is a creative partnership that will bring together the best young talent in Colorado Springs with elite faculty and music professionals from across the front-range,” Whitehead said. “By collaborating, we can create opportunities at the highest level for students to develop their abilities.”

Whitehead is hopeful early exposure to UCCS music programs will encourage high school students to join the burgeoning campus music program following graduation. The partnership will also allow conservatory and UCCS faculty to conduct workshops for students and for high school music teachers who will be eligible to earn continuing education credits.

The partnership agreement with the Conservatory, completed in May  was followed by a summer collaboration with the Central City Opera Association. In that partnership, 14 high school students studied and performed original opera scenes during a 10-day campus visit. The students earned three credits through the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Department of Extended Studies.

The Colorado Springs Conservatory offers an after school performing arts curriculum that serves students ages four to nineteen from all socio-economic backgrounds within a 100 mile radius of the Pikes Peak Region. During the summer months weeklong day-camps and two-week summer intensive sessions are offered. For more information, visit or call  (719) 577-4556

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