July 14-17, 20-23


For the past 41 years, The Conductors Institute of South Carolina has been America's premier summer conductor training program.  For many of these years, a Discovery program was included for teachers and less experienced aspiring conductors to gain valuable experience.  Due to the covid-19 situation, the regular Institute had to be postponed.  We thought this would be a great opportunity to do something for teachers, something we wanted to do for some time!

As you know, upon completion of an education degree, you get a job and become conductors, oftentimes without many of the skills that could make our jobs easier.  This online program will be catered toward your needs.  Lessons/Lectures on score preparation and rehearsal techniques, incorporating music from Neil Casey's suggested repertoire OR pieces you may want to do with your program could be used.

Instead of conducting in front of over 50 conductors, the Conductors Institute Teacher Symposium would allow you to participate with a smaller, but supportive group!  You would conduct with recordings over Zoom, daily, receive feedback and have the opportunity to observe others.

The program starts on July 14-17th we take a break on the weekend then resume 20-23rd. Each session will run 3 hours from 9am to 12pm.

Neil Casey is on the faculty at the University of South Carolina, and the Music Director of the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestras.  He has a music education degree and is a frequent conductor of region orchestras and comes from a family of music teachers.  We hope you can join us for this special opportunity and please let us know if you have any questions.

Suggested 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 purchase their own scores for use at the Teachers Symposium



“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

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