Students of all ages can immerse themselves in over 100 arts programs including music, dance, visual arts, and acting at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts. The historic Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts features: 18 sound-proof music rooms, inspiring visual arts studios, 3 spacious dance studios, an acoustically perfect recital hall and an art gallery. Please take a moment to view some of our studios.

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Building on the past at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts – The influence of HCA and the building that it calls home.
Hamilton is renewing itself around an arts and culture movement centred on James Street North. But the arts have been at home on James South for over a hundred years, and the building that today houses the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts (HCA) has been a hub of creativity for a long time.   For the full story please click here.
Vitek Wincza: Founder of the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts

When Vitek Wincza was on a tour of North America with his dance troupe in 1982, he had no idea of the journey ahead as he made a fateful decision to defect from the oppression of martial law in Poland.

But for Wincza, the recollection is clear; as the company packed up to head back into the United States, he chose Canada. And he found himself in Hamilton. Like really found himself.

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Dancing around the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts – A feature on our Assistant to the Artistic Director, Outreach Manager for the Conservatory, and Administrative Manager for the Dance Theatre

Laura Kappel has found her rhythm at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts (HCA).

“It’s interesting, there’s got to be something that pulls me back here,” smiles Kappel. “There’s a big sense of full circle – to have sort of ‘come back’ to the HCA at different times in my own career trajectory- it’s a very special place…really unique and dynamic.”

When the HCA first opened in 1997 Kappel indulged her love of ballet in a year of lessons before leaving for university.

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Helping the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts out the door – Laura Kappel on the changing Hamilton Arts scene and HCA’s very own Dance Theatre.  
It’s been 14 years since the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts (HCA) opened its dance company. But Outreach Manager Laura Kappel has been dancing around the HCA for longer than that, rotating back through the multi-arts organization three times in the last 18 years.  She’s seen a lot of transformation, both in the building and in the business. To read the full story, please click here.