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Conductors Institute of South Carolina

Fifteen-Day Institute for Fellows and Associates

June 3 – 17, 2017
Application deadline: April 30, 2017
Arrive June 3 midday; depart June 17 by 11:00 a.m.

Download the brochure and application form.

This program is designed for conductors with moderate to advanced conducting skills. Fellows and associates study with Dr. Donald Portnoy and guest conductors and composers. Both fellows and associates are guaranteed podium time every day. Fellows work with the institute ensemble during morning sessions; Associates work with a chamber orchestra in afternoon sessions; both groups work with a full orchestra Friday afternoons.

Fellows and associates are required to attend all morning and afternoon conducting sessions and the late afternoon lecture series that offers invaluable information regarding score reading and interpretation, publicity, concert management and other subjects pertinent to the conducting profession.

The program is limited to 30 participants – 16 fellows and 14 associates. Placement is determined by the experience of the applicant. Those interested in applying as a fellow must submit a video with their application. A limited number of auditors will be accepted.

Conductors and Composers

  • Maurice Peress, conductor
  • Victoria Bond, composer and conductor
  • John Fitz Rogers, composer
  • Jorge Mester, conductor
  • Samuel Jones, composer
  • Peter Jaffe, conductor
  • Diane Wittry, conductor
  • Neil Casey, conductor
  • Donald Portnoy, conductor

Fellows and Associates Repertoire

Participants are required to bring their own scores for use at the Institute. 

String Orchestra (session I)
Britten - Simple Symphony
Mozart - Divertimento, K. 137
Arensky - Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky, op. 35a
Victoria Bond - Frescoes and Ash (

Chamber Orchestra (session II)
Brahms - Variations on a Theme of Haydn
Mozart - Selected Arias from Cosi fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro
Copland - Appalachian Spring (full orchestral version)

Symphony Orchestra (session III)
Beethoven - Symphony No. 1
Weber - Overture from Oberon
Samuel Jones - Violin Concerto ( Michael Ludwig, violin
John Fitz Rogers - Still (order at


$35 application fee due with the application form above. 
Meals are not included.
Fellow- $1,800 (add $495 for a single occupancy room for the session)
Associate- $1,500 (add $495 for a single occupancy room for the session)
Auditor- $800 (Add $495 for a single occupancy room for the session)

Campus Housing

You may select to take advantage of our campus housing – a single occupancy, air conditioned, suite-style room in a campus residence hall located just a short walk from all Conductors Institute sessions. Participants who do not want to stay in campus housing are responsible for securing their own accommodations.