Miami Conservatory of Music (MCofM) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) community music school which accepts beginner through preprofessional music students. We welcome young students from age 5 and adults, from beginners to accomplished, of all levels and visions. MCofM works with each student to achieve personal goals — goals which can be as simple as learning a new musical expression or to preparing for a professional career. The students are offered performance opportunities in recitals, master classes, festivals, local and national competitions.
The conservatory opened in 2003. At the end of the first school year, Miami Conservatory of Music counted 25 students and 4 teachers. Today, we cater close to 600 students and maintain a faculty of about 40 teachers. Providing an environment where students are inspired to learn is the key to our continued success.
In 2013, the French Government bestowed upon longtime Coconut Grove resident Brigitte Kishlar, a Knighthood in the Order of Arts and Letters. The award is given to individuals who have contributed significantly to the arts, literature, or the advancement of those fields. This is perhaps France’s most distinguished title and it remains today a highly coveted honor internationally.
Brigitte founded the Miami Conservatory of Music fifteen years ago, and the MCA academy in 2006 and has produced many musical and literary events including the Fete de la Musique in Coconut Grove, concerts with world-class musicians and the La Plume Young Writers Contest. The conservatory has also provided music scholarships for musically inclined children whose families have limited resources but wish to continue their training to reach their highest achievement.
“I am truly honored to receive this award because it represents all the efforts and sacrifices of my parents, family, friends and of my husband in supporting my musical dreams. The love of music and the arts gives us all a special sense of humanity and I am humbled by this honor.”
Brigitte Kishlar, Founder and President, was awarded in 2015 “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, prize given for excellence in business and to people whose efforts make the community better and brighter, and nominated in 2016 “Business Leader of the Year”.