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Conductors Institute of South Carolina targeted to aspiring and experienced conductors

Application deadline extended to May 20 The Conductors Institute of South Carolina, in its 31st year, is on the must-do list for both aspiring and experienced conductors. Students of the summer institute come to the University of South Carolina from around the U.S. and abroad to receive instruction from eminent conductors and composers with vast experience in the commercial, academic and professional worlds of music. The annual institute, directed by Dr. Donald Portnoy, takes place from June 5 through 18, 2016, at the Koger Center for the Arts on the University of South Carolina campus. Participants can opt for the 10-day Discovery Program, designed for conductors with limited conducting experience who want to improve their conducting skills, or the 15-day Institute for Fellows and Associates, designed for conductors with moderate to advanced conducting skills. Participants have an exceptional opportunity to work directly with composers whose works have been commissioned and performed by many of the major American and European orchestras and international ensembles. Among this summer’s distinguished guest faculty are Maurice Peress, former assistant conductor to the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein; and Paul Vermel, the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Koussevitsky Memorial Award for the outstanding conductor at Tanglewood. Also on the faculty are esteemed conductors and composers including Victoria Bond (composer/conductor), Samuel Jones (composer), Avner Dorman (composer), Peter Jaffe (conductor) Diane Wittry (conductor) and Neil Casey (conductor). Students of the institute have individual daily podium time conducting professional musicians and focus on enhancing skills to achieve a greater command of their orchestral forces. Veteran conductors share their knowledge of the competitive field of conducting and offer constructive feedback. An evening lecture series delivers sessions in score study and other topics necessary in today’s job market. Find complete details and registration information online. Observe conductor training The community can get a first-hand view of the skills and complexities of effective conducting. Monday through Saturday during the Institute, the public is invited to observe conductor training from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts. Via: University of South Carolina School of Music

Conductors Institute offers lessons from renowned maestros and composers

The public is invited to observe podium sessions. The esteemed Conductors Institute of South Carolina, in its 30th year, is on the must-do list for both aspiring and experienced conductors. Students of the summer institute come to the University of South Carolina from around the U.S. and several countries to receive instruction from eminent conductors and composers with vast experience in the commercial, academic and professional worlds of music. The public is invited to view first-hand the skills and complexities of conducting by observing podium sessions taking place June 9 – 21, 2014, at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia, S.C. Students of the institute have individual daily podium time conducting professional musicians and focus on enhancing skills to achieve a greater command of their orchestral forces. Veteran conductors share their knowledge of the competitive field of conducting and offer constructive feedback. An evening lecture series delivers sessions in score study and other topics necessary in today’s job market. According to the institute’s director Donald Portnoy, the University of South Carolina welcomes the largest class yet in 2014, and participants will benefit from the faculty’s more than 300 years of combined experience this summer. Among this summer’s distinguished guest faculty are Maurice Peress, former assistant conductor to the New York Philharmonic under Leonard Bernstein; Jorge Mester, former music director of the Aspen Music Festival and the Louisville Orchestra; and Paul Vermel, the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Koussevitsky Memorial Award for the outstanding conductor at Tanglewood. Participants also have an exceptional opportunity to work directly with composers. Among the institute’s composers this year is Roberto Sierra, whose works have been commissioned and performed by many of the major American and European orchestras and international ensembles. Observe conductor training Monday through Saturday during the Institute, the public is invited to observe conductor training from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2 – 4:30 p.m. Schedule June 9–12, string orchestra June 13–17, chamber orchestra June 18–21, symphony orchestra Learn more about the Conductors Institute of South Carolina. Via: USC School of Music

Conductors Institute offers public behind-the-scenes look at the art of conducting

If you’ve ever wondered what conducting is all about, you can observe conductor training at the University of South Carolina during the Conductors Institute of South Carolina June 3 through 15. Sessions are free and open to the public and provide a rare behind-the-scenes look at the art of conducting. Visitors can watch conductors working with string ensembles, chamber groups and full orchestra Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts. Dozens of conductors from around the world converge on campus for the Conductors Institute. More than 1,000 conductors, both novices and veterans of the podium, have participated in the world-renowned Institute since Maestro Donald Portnoy founded it 30 years ago. Portnoy, music director of the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra and director of orchestral studies at the university, has conducted major orchestras throughout the globe. Students of the Institute receive training from guest conductors and composers with vast experience in the commercial, academic and professional worlds of music. Veteran conductors offer constructive criticism and encouragement, and each student has daily podium time focusing on the details of conducting-enhancing skills to achieve a greater command with their orchestral forces. The Institute offers a 15-day program for conductors with a moderate to advanced level of conducting experience and a 10-day program for those with more limited conducting experience. In conjunction with the Southeastern Piano Festival, the community can also observe the Conductors Institute Apprenticeship Program on June 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. – noon and 1:30 –4:30 p.m. This program allows the festival’s past participants to gain valuable experience collaborating with different conductors in a rehearsal setting. For more information, visit the Conductors Institute of South Carolina's website, call (803) 777-7500 or email The Conductors Institute. About the University of South Carolina School of Music The USC School of Music has established a national reputation for artistic and scholarly excellence and enriches the musical life of the university and the city by offering more than 300 concerts a year and music classes for all ages in the community. An acclaimed faculty teach approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate music majors, including students specializing in virtually every orchestra and band instrument, voice, piano, organ and guitar, and preparing musicians for professional careers and leadership in music teaching, performance, composition and research. The school generates research and other creative activities in music that have local, national and international impact. The excellence of the school is a direct result of the resident faculty members who combine distinguished backgrounds as performers and scholars with a dedication to teaching. USC music faculty perform regularly on campus, nationally and internationally in recitals and concerts; contribute to publications and professional organizations; and make presentations at regional, national and international conferences. Via: USC School of Music