Skip to Content

School of Music

Summer Conservatory cello students

Carolina Summer Music Conservatory

Advanced high school students of woodwind, brass, percussion, jazz, voice and piano can participate in this intensive one-week training period for both day and boarding students.

Students who have completed 9th through 12th grade are led by USC School of Music faculty members and focus on individual performance and chamber music.

Master classes, chamber music coaching and private lessons with USC faculty and other professional musicians are offered for wind, percussion, piano and voice students.

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. 

A limited number of pianists are accepted into the program and must apply through the Southeastern Piano Festival website. Piano students have the opportunity to work in chamber ensembles in addition to daily lessons, master classes and classes with the other conservatory students.

Important dates for 2014

Workshop dates: Sunday, June 8–14, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2–4 p.m.
Application deadline: May 1, 2014 – Late applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Students will be notified of acceptance on or before May 20, 2014.
All fees are due by June 1, 2014.

Public concerts featuring School of Music faculty take place on Monday and Tuesday evenings and student recitals take place on Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall.


Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)
Tuition: $400
Room and board: $275
Total fees: $725

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)
Tuition: $400
Total Fees: $450

Optional meal plan for commuting students: $85 (5 lunches and dinners; for commuting students only)
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.

To apply

  • Fill out the downloadable application.
  • Include a $50 nonrefundable application fee (make checks payable to: University of South Carolina).
  • Include a tape or CD 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: Clifford Leaman at 803-576-5893 or

Summer Music Conservatory Faculty