Each spring, young musicians from around the world will gather in Charleston for four weeks of intensive training, rehearsals, and Festival performances. Through nationwide auditions, an extremely talented group of advanced conservatory students and young professionals of many nationalities is selected to form the Festival resident ensemble. The Orchestra works with Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, as well as with guest conductors in opera, symphonic, choral, chamber, and contemporary music performances. Both the expectations placed on them and the artistic level on which they participate is on a higher tier than they have ever experienced in schools or training orchestras. These are incredibly talented young musicians, and when they come together for a brief time in Charleston, they form an extraordinary orchestral ensemble.
The Festival Orchestra is central to the international excellence of performances at Spoleto Festival USA and has over the years proven to be one of the finest opportunities for young musicians to gain extensive performance experience. Alumni of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra have gone on to some of the most prestigious orchestras in the country, and many would argue that their careers began in Charleston.
Each $500 sponsorship contribution supports the Festival’s engagement of one orchestra member for the current season and helps underwrite the costs of artist housing and travel expenses. If you would like to request the sponsorship of a particular instrument, or a student from your home state, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate special requests.
Sponsorship Amount: $500 per Orchestra Member.
Please call the Development Office at (843) 720-1176 to sponsor a musician or for more information.