Columbia: Carolina Summer Music Conservatory: Grades 9th-12th

From the website:

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.

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.

Cost

Resident:
Application fee: $75 (nonrefundable)
Tuition: $400 
Room and board: $275
Total fees: $750

Nonresident/Commuter:
Application fee: $75 (nonrefundable)
Tuition: $400 
Total Fees: $475

Optional meal plan for commuting students: $90 (5 lunches and dinners; for commuting students only)
Commuting students must live off campus with an adult guardian.

A limited number of scholarships are available. All students wishing to be considered for scholarship assistance must submit a taped recording and indicate on the application that they wish to be considered.

To apply

  • Apply and pay online here.  

  • Include an electronic audio file link or send us a CD recording of 5-10 minutes of you performing on your major instrument (or proof of inclusion in your Allstate ensemble). A recording is required if you wish to be considered for a scholarship.

  • Mail to: Clifford Leaman, Carolina Summer Music Conservatory, USC School of Music, 813 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29208

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