Our Story

Sarasota Music Conservatory was founded by Sean O'Neil and Lena Cambis, husband and wife violinists wishing to offer their private students a broader musical development. Following a European Conservatory format, they founded the Sarasota Music Academy in 2008.

In 2012 when the organization met its non-profit status, they decided to change the name to their original vision as the
Sarasota Music Conservatory. 

Sarasota Music Conservatory is located downtown Sarasota and distinguishes itself from other private music schools in the area by its thourough curriculum and the professional level of its faculty.  Each member of the faculty is a professional performing artist and has diplomas and awards from the most prestigious schools in the world. (Julliard School of Music, US, Royal College of Music, UK; Boston Conservatory, US; Montreal Conservatory, Canada; Manhattan School of Music, US; Cleveland Institute of Music, US; Curtis Institute of Music, US, etc.)
With a faculty team always growing, SMC now offers private lessons for most instruments and styles, and is now proud to offer Adult Programs as well as Early Childhood music classes. Our students come from all over the Suncoast and most have won local and national competitions, sit firschairs in the local youth orchestra programs, and are regular recipients of local scholarship competitions.