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School of Music

Student conducting USC Symphony Orchestra


USC offers the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting, both choral and instrumental. Conducting students enhance skills and achieve a great command of orchestral forces, choral ensembles, and the entire range of our band program.

The program prepares students to master the art of leading choirs, orchestras, bands and other ensembles in performance.  Our world-class faculty are led by Maestros Donald Portnoy, Larry Wyatt and Scott Weiss.

Instruction in score analysis and arranging, rehearsal and performance leadership, music coaching, arrangement and performance planning, ensemble operations management, and applications to specific school or professional ensembles will ensure a well-rounded mastery of the art of conducting.

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 summer institute receive a no-nonsense tutorial from conductors and composers with vast experience in the commercial, academic and professional worlds of music.

Conducting Faculty