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Conductors Institute of South Carolina

Fifteen-Day Institute for Fellows and Associates

June 6 – 20, 2015
Application deadline: May 1, 2015

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.

Guest Conductors and Composers

  • Maurice Peress, conductor
  • Victoria Bond, composer and conductor
  • Peter Jaffe, conductor
  • Gordon (Dick) Goodwin, 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. 

The score of “Soul of a Nation” is now available for $30, which includes postage and handling. Please mail check to:
Victoria Bond, 256 West 10th street #3B, New York, N.Y. 10014
As soon as your check is received, the composer will mail out the score. Be sure to include your current mailing address.

String Orchestra (session I)
David Diamond- Rounds
Mozart- Divertimento, K. 138
Victoria Bond- Soul of a Nation (for solo violin and strings)
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Arensky- Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, op. 35a

Chamber Orchestra (session II)
Beethoven- Symphony No. 7, op. 92
Mendelssohn- Symphony No. 3, op. 56 (Scottish)
Mozart- Selected Arias from Cosi fan tutte  and Marriage of Figaro
Fang Man- Lavender (for soprano and chamber orchestra)
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Symphony Orchestra (session III)
Tchaikovsky- Capriccio Italien, op. 45
Sibelius- Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 43
Brahms- Symphony No. 2, op. 73
Gordon (Dick) Goodwin- "Two Low Country Hauntings"
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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.