This program is part of The Rivers School academic curriculum and serves approximately 40 Rivers students who are highly skilled musicians, providing them with the facilities, faculty, classes, and performance opportunities needed to cultivate their musical artistry to their full potential without requiring them to give up the opportunity to pursue a rigorous academic experience. Upon graduation, students are as prepared to attend prestigious conservatories and music schools as they are to attend the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.
Open to classical and jazz instrumentalists and vocalists in the Upper School (grades 9-12), the Conservatory Program requires students to enroll in an academic program that includes 23 honors and 15 AP level courses in all academic departments.
During the regular school day, Conservatory Program students join other student musicians in chamber orchestra, chamber ensembles, big band, jazz combos, women’s chorus, and men’s chorus. At the end of the regular school day, Conservatory Program students are excused from the athletic obligations required of other Rivers students so that they can take additional classes in music theory, ear training, performance, improvisation, solfege, and independent studies.
Conservatory Program students are required to participate in Conservatory Program-only jazz, chamber, or vocal ensembles. Throughout the year, they also take master classes and participate in concerto and piano competitions, district and all-state festivals, and the Conservatory’s Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young.