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Carolina Summer Music Conservatory

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

Carolina Summer Music Conservatory will be June 20-26, 2021.  Details will be forthcoming shortly, including in-person and hybrid participation plans.

Participants study repertoire with USC music faculty in small chamber ensembles and together in a chamber orchestra culminating in a performance on the last day.

Students who have completed 9th through 12th grade focus on individual performance and chamber music, developing musicianship skills – the listening, rhythmic and ensemble skills that go into making chamber music.

In addition to master classes, chamber music coaching and private lessons, 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.

Pianists are also encouraged to apply for the CSMC separately from the Southeastern Piano Festival. Piano students have the opportunity to work in chamber ensembles in addition to daily lessons, master classes and classes with the other conservatory students.

Summer Music Conservatory FAQ
For more information: email Dr. Clifford Leaman or call 803-576-5893.

Summer Music Conservatory Faculty


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Neil Casey, violin, conductor

Neil Casey is the assistant director of orchestras at the University of South Carolina, as well as the conductor of the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra in Savannah, Georgia. At USC, he teaches conducting, violin, chamber music, conducts Opera at USC and the USC Campus Orchestra.

Ari Streisfeld

Ari Streisfeld, violin

Violinist Ari Streisfeld has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for his performances of diverse repertoire and has established himself as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary classical music. Praised for his “dazzling performance” by the New York Times and “scintillating playing” by New York Classical Review, Dr. Streisfeld is a founding member of the world renowned JACK Quartet.

William Terwilliger

William Terwilliger, violin

Violinist William Terwilliger has enjoyed an exceptionally active and diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher. Currently professor of violin at the University of South Carolina, Mr. Terwilliger is also a gifted and dedicated pedagogue, and has given masterclasses throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Sarah Jackson

Sarah Evanovich, cello

 Sarah Jackson Evanovich is the assistant director of the Suzuki Academy of Columbia & USC (formerly named Suzuki Strings at USC). Sarah is also one of two music teachers at the new Midlands Arts Conservatory in Columbia, SC, a charter school that allows students to spend an intensive three-hour session each day focusing on their art area in addition to their core academic classes. She is currently the president of the Suzuki Association of South Carolina and formerly taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of South Carolina and USC Aiken. Sarah holds a Master of Music degree from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Carolina, both in cello performance. She studied Suzuki pedagogy with Dr. Tanya Carey. She taught cello lessons and classes for several years at the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute and the MAGIC program in Chicago. In South Carolina, she studied with Dr. Robert Jesselson and taught in the USC String Project and other community programs.

TBA, viola




TBA, oboe


Joseph Eller

Joseph Eller, clarinet

Joseph Eller is associate professor of clarinet at USC. He has performed solo and chamber music recitals throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. He was appointed principal clarinetist of the South Carolina Philharmonic in 2012 and has played extra with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra and numerous other orchestras throughout the southeastern U.S.

Clifford Leaman

Clifford Leaman, saxophone

Clifford Leaman is associate dean and professor of saxophone at USC. He is in great demand as a soloist and clinician and has performed and taught throughout the U.S., Canada, Italy, Spain, France, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand and in China where he has been a featured guest artist eight times since 2004.

Reed Hanna

Reed Hanna, bassoon

Reed Hanna is principal bassoon of Symphony Orchestra Augusta in Augusta, GA. He also performs regularly on bassoon and contrabassoon with the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charleston POPS!, the Valdosta (GA) Symphony, the Greenville (SC) Symphony, and others.

Lauren Watkins

Lauren Watkins Vaughn, flute

Lauren Watkins Vaughn holds the second flute/piccolo chair with the Augusta Symphony and performs as principal flute with the Aiken Symphony. She has also performed as a guest musician with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, SC Philharmonic and the Long Bay Symphony. In addition to her private flute studio in Columbia, Lauren is on faculty at Newberry College and Limestone College and regularly presents guest clinics and workshops to high school students across the state.



William Anonie

William Anonie, trumpet

William Anonie is the trumpet Instructor at the University of South Carolina Aiken and a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina Columbia. He has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of South Carolina Columbia, and at Wichita State University. While in Kansas, Mr. Anonie was Second Trumpet in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Wichita Grand Opera, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Florence Symphony, and Aiken Symphony. In addition to performing throughout the United States, Mr. Anonie has performed in Italy, Spain, Canada, and Taiwan. His teachers include David Hickman and James Ackley.

Ronald Davis

Ronald Davis, tuba and euphonium

Ronald Davis is professor of tuba and euphonium at USC and is principal tubist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. As an orchestral player he has performed with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra under Roger Wagner, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Charleston and Charlotte Symphonies.

TBA, horn


Michael Wilkinson

Michael Wilkinson, trombone

Michael Wilkinson is a versatile music educator and musician who doubles on tenor and bass trombone (as well as alto, contrabass and euphonium) and taught middle school band in Arizona in his “past life.” Equally at home in varied musical styles, he has played with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Brass Band of Central Florida, as well as being a member of the newly-formed South Carolina Jazz Masterworks Ensemble. Michael released his first solo CD, “Wait for Me!” on Random Act Records in 2017, and is an S.E. Shires Trombone Artist.





Lauren Meccia, jazz







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