The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music:
Enriching lives through the joy of music
The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music is a non-profit music school. Our music-making community offers high quality music education to all segments of society. Here the aspirations of students of all ages and abilities are met with a commitment to excellence through creative expression, disciplined training, and performance opportunities. Thus our motto is "Enriching lives through the joy of music."
The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music offers excellence in music education. Join us and learn from world class musicians. Our low-pressure culture of warmth and fostering allows individual growth for students at any level. With lessons and classes for young and old, and choices including everything from violin to voice to guitar, you will find a way to grow your joy.
"Fantastic place. Top notch musicians and educators."
"My son has really grown greatly as he has played violin. He has grown in confidence, concentration, musically and so many other ways."
–Mother of 8 year old violin student
"This year his math grade went from C to A. I believe that had a lot to do with coming to the Conservatory."
–Mother of 15 year old guitar student
"We’ve been SPCM Coffee Concert enthusiasts for years. The programming every season has been exciting and delightful, introducing us to talented, unfamiliar artists and fresh, unexpected music. SPCM is a treasure in the community, and a godsend to brighten our long dark winters!"
–the Front Row Gang, Jack and Barb Maloney
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about this place, their instructors and the community of students and families. Today’s concert was lovely and not just because of the “aw cute” factor. These musicians share their talent from the heart. Very grateful."
–SPCM Suzuki String Parent
We are so happy to have found SPCM. It feels like yesterday when our 5-year-old daughter was learning to chin down that dummy violin, made out of a Kleenex box and ruler. Today she plays with an orchestra and practices everyday because she wants to. What she is learning is so much more than just playing a fiddle. She learns the value of hard work and when you put your heart and soul into something that means a lot to you, you can make anything ordinary to beautiful. Like music. A big shout out to the Suzuki program at SPCM. Amazing director and teachers.
–Parent of nine year old Suzuki violin student
Learn more about the SPCM:
The SPCM and StoryCorps
The StoryCorps Archive comprises one of the largest collections of human voices, featuring more than 400,000 individuals sharing their stories. Listen to six personal interviews with 12 members of The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music's community. Interviews by Audrey Favorito.
(Pictured above: Executive Director of the St Paul Conservatory of Music Cléa Galhano and Administrative Director Laura Nortwen are musicians that breath life and soul into running the conservatory on a daily basis. With this conversation, they learn about each other's musical journeys and swap stories of concerts that surprised them as musicians. They tell stories of how their music transformed audience members in unexpected ways.)
It can be hard to describe music with words. The videos below give a live-action presentation of our students and teachers.