Etherredge Center, USC Aiken, SC


Dear Applicants, unfortunately, we have to postpone due to COVID-19. We will be announcing the new dates in the next couple of months. You are still welcome to apply. In case of any conflicts, we will refund 100% of the fees. Please look for updates, thank you for your understanding.

Directed by Neil Casey, the Discovery Program is designed for conductors with limited conducting experience who wish to improve their conducting skills.  Each week, participants work with a string quartet in afternoon conducting sessions.  Participants are also required to attend morning Conductors Institute sessions and the late 
afternoon lecture series.  Limited to 12 participants.  Auditors will also be accepted.

Discovery Repertoire*

Session I 
Mozart     Divertimento K. 158 (F major)
Grieg     Holberg Suite
Jones     Elegy for Strings

Session II 
Warlock     Capriol Suite
Foote     Suite in E Major
Puccini    I Crisantemi


*Conductors must bring their own scores for use at the Discovery Program.

Discovery Tuition    
Conductor    $1,200 
    Auditor     $900 
    Add $395 for single occupancy room for entire session.

Please note, fees do not include meals.


Campus housing is available to all participants at the University of South Carolina Aiken.  Those who stay on campus will be housed in a single occupancy, air-conditioned, suite-style room in a campus residence hall located just a short walk from the Etherredge Center, the location for all Conductors Institute sessions. 


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 orchestral examples at the piano, Maestro Jaffe explores advanced rhythmic topics, harmonic progressions, notational conventions, and interpretive challenges in the orchestral repertoire.

“This is one of the finest summer conducting opportunities in the country, and it has been a pleasure to be associated with it.” –Samuel Jones, Composer-in-Residence, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Washington

PO Box 6891, Columbia, SC 29260

803 960-9237

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