About the Conservatory


If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

Shenandoah is Virginia's oldest, and one of the nation's premier, conservatories with over 100 professionals in music, theatre and dance and an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe. Shenandoah Conservatory, in terms of size, history and prestige, is a focal point of both Shenandoah University and the performing arts world. The conservatory is known for an unusually low student-to-faculty ratio (12:1), for the cooperative and cross-related programs in music, theatre and dance, and for providing all students - performers and creators alike - with top-tier facilities from theatres, concert halls and dance studios. The conservatory also operates a state-of-the-art Apple Learning and Creativity Lab, recording studios, Music Education Resource center and voice science, music therapy and digital piano labs. In the true conservatory tradition, Shenandoah emphasizes the importance of performance.

With 32 performing ensembles and more than 300 concerts, recitals, clinics, masterclasses, theatre and opera productions and dance concerts on campus each year, students have continual opportunities to perform and be evaluated by both professionals and peers.

Talented performing arts students choose Shenandoah Conservatory to:

  • Study with master teachers.
    Shenandoah faculty members are active performers (Metropolitan Opera, Spoleto Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Syracuse Symphony, Music Center at Strathmore, Chautauqua Festival, Keneisel Hall, National Orchestral Institute, Iydlwild Summer Music Festival, and other venues).
  • Receive a global experience.
    Shenandoah Conservatory students traveled to and/or performed in Spain, France, Ghana, Canada, Argentina, Lithuania, Denmark, India and other locales.
  • Perform in ensembles that are recognized for excellence.
    Shenandoah University's Conservatory Choir won a Grammy Award, the Wind Ensemble performed in Carnegie Hall, members of Symphony Orchestra performed in Helsinki Music Festival, and several conservatory groups have performed in regular performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Music Center at Strathmore, Md., and other venues.
  • Join a successful alumni network that supports currently enrolled students.
    Recent alumni have sung at La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera, won a Tony Award, conducted outstanding symphonies and choirs, held prestigious teaching positions in public schools and universities, won composition awards-and have had works performed in major arts centers.

Enroll in a dynamic curriculum that prepares you for the technological and communication skills that transfer into real life successes that will support careers as teachers, performers and creators in the new global economy.

The Shenandoah Conservatory provides a nurturing environment for the cultivation of performing artists since 1875. Students at Shenandoah Conservatory are young professionals who will graduate with the transferable skills necessary to become arts leaders in the new creative economy.