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woman conductors of CI


The Conductors Institute is one of the longest running summer conductor training programs in the United States. We will celebrate our 45th anniversary this summer. The forty-five year mark is an extraordinary accomplishment, and we are both humbled and proud of this achievement.


The dates for this summer’s Institute are July 7 through July 19, 2024 on the campus of The College of Charleston in historic Charleston, South Carolina.

For 45 years the internationally renowned Conductors Institute has been on the “Must Do” list for young aspiring and experienced conductors alike. Participants of the Institute receive a no-nonsense tutorial from a faculty of 5 conductors and 3 composers, who have vast experience in professional, commercial, and academic worlds of music. During the past 45 years over 1,500 conductors have gone through the program. Many are now conductors of major, regional, community, youth and academic orchestras.


The faculty is keenly aware of what it takes to succeed in a tough and competitive field, and they are willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Daily podium time is offered to all participants (150 minutes of podium time for each conductor).


Each day participants have the opportunity to conduct professional musicians who know the scores intimately. Each day they receive a video of their performance to study and to assist them in preparing for the next day.


There is an evening lecture series where faculty and guest conductors offer valuable information regarding baton technique, score preparation and interpretation, efficient and effective rehearsal technique, publicity, concert management, auditions and other subjects pertinent to the conducting profession. The Institute has two public concerts during the two week session. One for Fellows, and one for Associates.


Those applying as a Fellow must submit a video with their application. Placement is determined by experience of the applicant.

- Fellows: $2,800.00
- Associates: $2,400.00
- Discovery: $1,500.00 (July 10-19) - Auditors: $900.00

Inexpensive housing is available on campus.

Application deadline: May 15, 2024



Early bird application until March 15, $40

Between March 15-May 15: $50

Late submissions are welcome for the waitlist.


Participants come from all states, Europe, Asia and South America. The Conductors Institute is proud that this program designed for and by conductors, has received national and international acclaim.

Comments from recent participants:

  • “Thank you for the wonderful two weeks. I learnt a lot from both the faculty and the Fellows, and knowing what I need to work on is one of the most valuable takeaways from the program.”

  • “On the podium we knew exactly what to do - every comment was absolutely clear. We were always treated as professionals.”

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