Welcome to the Spoleto Festival USA journal.

Delve deeper into the stories that make up the fabric of the Festival.

On February 24, violinist Alice Hong will audition for the 2017 Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in an unlikely setting: the Festival’s Annual Auction, held this year at The Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory. Hong, a member of the 2016 Orchestra and a musical arts doctoral […]

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The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is one of the busiest groups of artists in Charleston during the annual 17-day Festival. Their daily schedules take them from rehearsals to performances—sometimes on repeat! We caught up with violinist, Maria Semes, and asked her a few questions about […]

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For roughly a month at the beginning of every year, the Festival’s Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy travels across the country to hold auditions in 11 cities for the incomparable Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. The result of this month-long audition marathon is […]

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