UofSC 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.
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.
Neil Casey is the assistant director of orchestras and 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, an ensemble that
Andrew Gowan joined USC’s faculty 30 years ago and has worked with marching and concert
bands, taught music education and conducting classes and woodwinds. As a professional
saxophonist, he has performed with acts such as Ray Charles, the Four Tops and the
Alicia W. Walker is director of choral studies and directs the UofSC Concert Choir.
She teaches conducting and choral methods and courses in sacred music and music education.
She is a frequent guest conductor, writer and lecturer.
Scott Weiss, Sarah Bolick Smith Distinguished Professor of Music, directs the UofSC
Symphony Orchestra. He teaches and administers the graduate wind conducting program
and has commissioned and recorded dozens of works by today's leading composers.