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Conductors Institute

Conductors Institute of South Carolina

The world-renowned Conductors Institute of South Carolina has been on the must-do list for young aspiring and experienced conductors alike. Students of the institute receive a no-nonsense tutorial from conductors and composers with vast experience in the commercial, academic and professional worlds of music.

Guest conductors and composers are keenly aware of what it takes to succeed in a tough, competitive field and have shared their knowledge and expertise with institute participants from around the world for almost three decades.

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.

No mirrors or recorded music mean that each day, as your peers observe, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct professional musicians who know the scores intimately. At the end of each day a video of your performance is available to study and assist you in preparing for another day on stage at the podium.

2017 Dates

15-Day Institute for Fellows and Associates
June 3–17, 2017
Application deadline: April 30, 2017

10-Day Discovery Program
June 7–18, 2017
Application deadline: April 30, 2017

Download the brochure and application form.

Observe conductor training

Monday through Saturday during the Institute, the public is invited to observe conductor training on the Koger Center for the Arts stage.

June 6 through June 16, 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.  
Lecture with composer/conductor at 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

15-Day Institute for Fellows and Associates

Designed for conductors with moderate to advanced conducting skills.

10-Day Discovery Program

Designed for conductors with limited conducting experience who want to improve their conducting skills.

Evening Lecture Series

Conductor Peter Jaffe delivers informative and engaging sessions in score study – crucial for exploring how aural inspirations translate to the written page and for developing comprehensive approaches toward scores. Playing many orchestra examples at the piano, Maestro Jaffe explores advanced rhythmic topics, harmonic progressions, notational conventions, and interpretive challenges in orchestral repertoire.

Graduate Credit

Graduate professional development credit for participating conductors is available through the University of South Carolina. For more information, email

For more information

Call 803-777-7500 or email: The Conductors Institute