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The Holistic Conductor: Artist, Teacher, Leader

Conducting Symposium - June 21-25, 2020

University of South Carolina School of Music



(subject to change)

Sunday, June 21

5:00 p.m. Check in at registration
6:00 p.m. Welcome dinner
7:30 p.m. Reading of “Jubilate Deo”

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 22-25

8:30 a.m. Coffee and Gather
9:00 a.m. Conducting Class
10:00 a.m. Breakout sessions - topics:
Score Preparation
Repertoire Selection
Rehearsal Techniques
Intentional Leadership
Creating a Collaborative Culture
11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions (topics above)
12:15 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:30 p.m. Private conducting lessons (conductor-level registration)
2:00 p.m.
Reading sessions (packets provided)
2:30 p.m.
Conducting Master Classes
4:00 p.m.
Break (dinner on your own)
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Monday–Wednesday Rehearsal of "Jubilate Deo" by Dan Forrest with UofSC Summer Chorus
Thursday, June 25, 7:30 p.m., Performance, School of Music Recital Hall, Alicia W. Walker, conductor

Symposium Faculty

Alicia W. Walker, director of choral studies, University of South Carolina
Jabarie Glass, associate director of choral studies, University of South Carolina
Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, assistant director of bands, University of South Carolina


(preregistration closes April 30)

Auditor $310

  • Participation in all sessions
  • Sing in lab chorus
  • Perform Forrest’s “Jubilate Deo”

Conductor $510

  • Participation in all sessions
  • Private conducting lessons
  • Sing in lab chorus
  • Perform “Jubilate Deo”

Conductor+ 3 CEU’s $670

  • Same as conductor level, with 3 CEU’s toward re-certification (South Carolina teachers)*

Graduate course credit is also available for degree-seeking and non-degree seeking students.
Graduate tuition rates apply.
Contact Dr. Walker for more information.

*CEU’s for other states may require a different fee.

Late Registration after April 30 (closes May 31)
Auditor: $375
Conductor: $600
Conductor + 3 CEU’s: $775

Online Registration

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Alicia W. Walker

Director of Choral Studies, University of South Carolina

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