Conductors Institute attracts masters of the craft to USC
Thirty-five orchestra conductors from 17 states and five foreign countries have come to the University of South Carolina School of Music for two weeks of advanced and rigorous training at the Conductors Institute.
The Institute is being led by a distinguished faculty panel, which includes conductors Paul Vermel, music director of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in Illinois; Peter Jaffe, music director of the Stockton (Calif.) Symphony Orchestra; Maurice Peress, handpicked by Leonard Bernstein as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, conductor of several American orchestras and founder of the conductors program at the Aaron Copland School of Music; and Manuel Alvarez, dean emeritus of the USC School of Music.
Also on board is conductor and composer Victoria Bond, the first woman to receive a doctorate in conducting from the Julliard School. Bond served as the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony and director and conductor of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke.
“Anyone who has come through the institute has become a better conductor,” said Donald Portnoy, institute director, music director of the USC Symphony Orchestra, and a professor at the USC School of Music.”
Institute sessions run daily from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. These sessions, at the Koger Center, are free and open to the public.
By Web Communications