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School of Music

Conductors Institute of South Carolina

Fifteen-Day Institute for Fellows and Associates

June 8 – 21, 2014

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.

Guest Conductors and Composers

  • Jorge Mester, conductor
  • Maurice Peress, conductor
  • Roberto Sierra, composer
  • Victoria Bond, composer and conductor
  • Peter Jaffe, conductor
  • Samuel Jones, conductor/composer
  • Donald Portnoy, conductor
  • Paul Vermel, conductor
  • Diane Wittry, conductor
  • Neil Casey, conductor

Fellows and Associates Repertoire

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

String Orchestra (session 1)
Bridge- Suite for String Orchestra
Dvorak- Serenade in E Major, op. 22
Mozart- Divertimento, K. 136
Roberto Sierra- Doce Bagatellas

Chamber Orchestra (session 2)
Copland- Appalachian Spring (full orchestra version)
Beethoven- Symphony No. 1, op. 21
Victoria Bond- Bridges
Mendelssohn- Capriccio Brillant in B minor, op. 22 (for solo piano and orchestra)

Symphony Orchestra (session 3)
Rimsky-Korsakov- Capriccio Espagnole
Beethoven- Symphony No. 2, op. 36
Tchaikovsky- Symphony No. 4, op. 36
Samuel Jones- Let Us Now Praise Famous Men


An application fee is not required. 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.