What is the Washington Conservatory of Music?

trumpet_student Welcome! The Washington Conservatory of Music was established as an independent nonprofit community music school in 1984. The Washington Conservatory was accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music Commission on Non-degree Granting Institutions in 1991. WCM is dedicated to fostering the joy of music and guiding students of all ages and all levels to reach their personal musical potential.

WCM maintains two teaching sites: at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda and in the South Arcade of Glen Echo Park. The site at Glen Echo Park opened in August 2009.

At WCM, students of all ages and levels may study without audition under the guidance of WCM’s international artist-faculty. Lessons are offered on piano, guitar, all strings, voice, all brass, jazz piano, improvisation, drums, percussion, conducting, and all woodwind instruments. Classes in music theory, music appreciation, group guitar, and Early Childhood music are also offered, among others. Ensembles include Jazz, Rock, Pop, World, and Classical music. WCM offers various summer music camps for children and teens.

At Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, lessons and classes take place in 17 rooms within the church, including six virtual acoustic sound isolation recording and teaching studios that WCM installed in the church’s lower level.

At Glen Echo Park, WCM has built a recital hall and five teaching rooms and has installed a virtual acoustic recording booth within the South Arcade building.

As a public service, the Conservatory sponsors a free community orchestra for amateur adult musicians that meets weekly throughout the year. Additionally, WCM presents a series of free professional concerts at Westmoreland Circle. Since 1998, over one hundred forty concerts have been presented by the Conservatory to the Greater Bethesda and DC community. At Glen Echo Park, WCM offers private lessons, free public concerts, and summer camps for children and teens.

Our Mission
The Washington Conservatory of Music provides exceptional musical learning and listening experiences for our students and community.

Our Vision
A community inspired and informed by the experience of music.

Adopted February 2016
Washington Conservatory Board of Directors

    Board of Directors
  • Carol A. Bogash, Chair
  • Matthew B. Canzoneri, Vice Chair
  • Steven Spurlock, Secretary
  • David Mihalchik, Treasurer
  • Ginger Ackerman
  • Ndenisarya M. Bregasi
  • Sean Iyer
  • Kathy Judd
  • Dionne Laufman, Faculty Representative
  • Gloria Wang
  • Tobias Werner
  • Dudley Winthrop

The Washington Conservatory of Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Precollegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS), is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.

One Westmoreland Circle
Bethesda, MD 20816
Phone: 301-320-2770

Fax: 301-320-2794

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