Participants study repertoire with USC music faculty in small chamber ensembles and
together in a chamber orchestra culminating in a performance on the last day.
Students who have completed 9th through 12th grade focus on individual performance
and chamber music, developing musicianship skills – the listening, rhythmic and ensemble
skills that go into making chamber music.
In addition to master classes, chamber music coaching and private lessons, students
are offered a variety of activities, including courses in music history, music theory,
how to prepare for an audition, and jazz improvisation.
Conservatory participants rehearse and perform solo works with professional accompanists
and hear concerts and recitals given by conservatory faculty members.
Pianists are also encouraged to apply for the CSMC separately from the Southeastern Piano Festival. Piano students have the opportunity to work in chamber ensembles in addition to
daily lessons, master classes and classes with the other conservatory students.
June 10–16, 2018
Application deadline May 1, 2018.
Application fee: $75 (nonrefundable)
Room and board: $275
Total fees: $750
Application fee: $75 (nonrefundable)
Total Fees: $475
Optional meal plan for commuting students: $90 (5 lunches and dinners; for commuting
Commuting students must live off campus with an adult guardian.
A limited number of scholarships are available. All students wishing to be considered
for scholarship assistance must submit a taped recording and indicate on the application that they wish to be considered.
- Apply and pay online here.
- Include an electronic audio file link or send us a CD recording of 5-10 minutes of
you performing on your major instrument (or proof of inclusion in your Allstate ensemble).
A recording is required if you wish to be considered for a scholarship.
- Mail to: Clifford Leaman, Carolina Summer Music Conservatory, USC School of Music,
813 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29208
Summer Music Conservatory FAQ
For more information: email Dr. Clifford Leaman or call 803-576-5893.
Summer Music Conservatory Faculty
Craig Butterfield, double bass
Craig Butterfield is associate professor of double bass and jazz studies at the University
of South Carolina where he directs one of the largest double bass programs in the
Southeast. Comfortable in many styles of music, he has performed extensively as a
jazz artist as well as a classical soloist and clinician. During 2004 and 2005, he
toured with the legendary jazz trumpet player Maynard Ferguson.
Neil Casey, violin, conductor
Neil Casey is the assistant director of orchestras at the University of South Carolina,
as well as the conductor of the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra in Savannah, Georgia.
At USC, he teaches conducting, violin, chamber music, conducts Opera at USC and the
USC Campus Orchestra.
Ari Streisfeld, violin
Violinist Ari Streisfeld has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for his performances
of diverse repertoire and has established himself as one of the foremost interpreters
of contemporary classical music. Praised for his “dazzling performance” by the New
York Times and “scintillating playing” by New York Classical Review, Dr. Streisfeld
is a founding member of the world renowned JACK Quartet.
William Terwilliger, violin
Violinist William Terwilliger has enjoyed an exceptionally active and diverse career
as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. Currently
professor of violin at the University of South Carolina, Mr. Terwilliger is also a
gifted and dedicated pedagogue, and has given masterclasses throughout the U.S. and
in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Robert Jesselson, cello
Robert Jesselson is a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South
Carolina, where he teaches cello and plays in the American Arts Trio and the Jesselson/Fugo
Duo. In 2013 he was named as the Governor’s Professor of the Year by the SC Commission
on Higher Education.
Samara Humbert-Hughes, viola
Samara Humbert-Hughes is director of Suzuki Strings at USC. She was a violin and viola
instructor in Cambridge for the Cambridge Suzuki Program and at the Community Center
at RAF Mildenhall as well as an active performer in the Cambridge area.
Rebecca Schalk Nagel, oboe
Assistant dean and professor of oboe at the USC School of Music, Rebecca Schalk Nagel
has performed across the U.S. and in Europe. As director of Spark: Carolina's Music
Leadership Laboratory, she explores new ways for students to engage with their communities.
Joseph Eller, clarinet
Joseph Eller is associate professor of clarinet at USC. He has performed solo and
chamber music recitals throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He was
appointed principal clarinetist of the South Carolina Philharmonic in 2012 and has
played extra with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Charleston
Symphony Orchestra and numerous other orchestras throughout the southeastern U.S.
Clifford Leaman, saxophone
Clifford Leaman is associate dean and professor of saxophone at USC. He is in great
demand as a soloist and clinician and has performed and taught throughout the U.S.,
Canada, Italy, Spain, France, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand and in China where he has
been a featured guest artist eight times since 2004.
Reed Hanna, bassoon
Reed Hanna is principal bassoon of Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Augusta, GA. He also
performs regularly on bassoon and contrabassoon with the South Carolina Philharmonic,
the Charleston POPS!, the Valdosta (GA) Symphony, the Greenville (SC) Symphony, and
Lauren Watkins, flute
Flutist Lauren Watkins enjoys an active career as a performer and educator. She has
performed as featured soloist with the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra and the Sewanee
Festival Orchestra and is currently a flute instructor and Sunrise Band director with
the Congaree New Horizon’s Band, flute instructor at the Hammond School, graduate
teaching assistant for the flute studio at USC, and has a private studio in Columbia,
Noa Miller, trumpet
Noa Miller is pursuing her doctorate of musical arts degree, studying with James Ackley
at USC. She completed her master's degree studying with Alan Siebert and Phil Collins
at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and her undergraduate
degree with John Schlabach at Ohio University. In 2015 Miller was a semi-finalist
in both the Graduate and Small Ensemble Divisions at the National Trumpet Competition.
Ronald Davis, tuba and euphonium
Ronald Davis is professor of tuba and euphonium at USC and is principal tubist with
the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. As an orchestral player he has performed
with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Los Angeles Master
Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra under Roger Wagner, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and
the Charleston and Charlotte Symphonies.
Michelle Smith, horn
Michelle Smith is pursuing her doctor of musical arts degree in horn performance and
is a graduate assistant for USC Bands. She received a master of music in horn performance
from the University of New Mexico and played in the Sandia Brass Quintet, Graduate
Woodwind Quintet, University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Brass Choir and Wind
Symphony. She has performed with ensembles in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina
and New Mexico, and has worked as a private teacher and horn instructor for schools
throughout the Southeast.
Bert Ligon, jazz
Bert Ligon is director of jazz studies at USC and has toured with the Maynard Ferguson
Orchestra and performed with Chris Potter, Red Rodney, Randy Brecker, Marion McPartland,
Mel Torme, Dianne Schuur, Dianne Reeves, Johnny Frigo and others. He composed extensively
in the radio, TV and film industries, receiving many awards including national PBS
awards and an EMMY nomination.