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Perform at the Highest Level

Experience the world-renowned Shenandoah Conservatory. Study with master teachers – more than 100 professionals in music, theatre, dance and arts management. Embrace extensive performance opportunities with top-tier facilities from theatres, concert halls and dance studios. Unite with fellow artists and join an alumni family that takes center stage from Broadway to the concert halls of Europe.

Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Shenandoah Conservatory offers more than 60 degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s, artist diploma and doctoral levels and produces more than 300 performances each year. Enroll in a dynamic curriculum and start preparing for a meaningful career in the arts.

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Why Shenandoah Conservatory?

Aubrey Lawrence

Class of 2015

Shenandoah is a place of higher learning that fosters a community of dreamers, encouraging students to reach for the stars and equipping them with the tools to grab hold of them. Opportunities afforded to me here have rewarded me with experiences that have left a permanent imprint on my heart. From traveling to Mozambique and performing in Washington D.C. to late-night breakfast memories in the dining hall during exam weeks and watching my friends shine in countless productions, I have a million reasons that answer the question "Why Shenandoah?"



American Icons

American Icons is a conversation among artists established in the fall of 2013. The American Icons series seeks to bring Shenandoah Conservatory students into closer contact with artists who are not only iconic, but who reveal through their life and work a wild openness of heart — a way of being as an artist that is grounded in integrity and embraced in collaboration and generosity of spirit.

Wynton Marsalis

“Wynton Marsalis reminds us that artistry and excellence is not a destination but a deeply personal journey. He’s on such a journey, and observing him from afar, I see in him not only a voracious thirst for learning but also those dual qualities we find in the best of artists — self-acceptance and self-criticism. Importantly, that self-criticism combines an intolerance for the second-rate with an extraordinary regard for collaboration and the dignity of all in our society."

— Michael Stepniak, Dean Shenandoah Conservatory

Admission to Shenandoah Conservatory is highly competitive.

Not only must students be academically admissible, they must also complete and pass the mandatory audition/portfolio review and interview process. Audition dates are limited and may fill and close well in advance of the audition date.

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Conservatory Faculty

Caring and Accomplished

Shenandoah Conservatory’s prestigious faculty is dynamic, creative, and passionately committed to the highest levels of artistic excellence. A deeply caring community, they mentor students with a wealth of professional expertise, balancing rigorous expectations with compassion and wisdom. At Shenandoah, you will study with, and perform for, award-winning composers, Metropolitan Opera singers, Grammy Award winning conductors and international competition winners. You will learn from leading scholars in music and premiere works created by accomplished dance artists and cutting-edge directors. Shenandoah Conservatory’s faculty embodies the highest levels of professional accomplishment and the deepest commitment to furthering the artistic growth and creative aspirations of students in every discipline.

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Going All-Steinway

Great music stirs the heart and inspires the soul, and Steinway pianos are celebrated as the instruments used by renowned artists to cultivate their talent and produce great music. Similarly, uncompromising excellence in performing arts education sparks the imagination and inspires the future.

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