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Conducting Fellowship

Presented By the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir & Butler University

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s Conducting Fellowship provides one-of-a-kind professional mentorship opportunities for the next generation of choral conductors. Especially focusing on large-scale choral-orchestral masterworks, the Conducting Fellowship is a collaborative initiative between the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Butler University, a 4,600-student liberal arts institution located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The two-year Fellowship provides full tuition waiver and stipend. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will have earned a M. M. in choral conducting from Butler University and gained practical and applied experience addressing artistic and administrative needs of a leading symphonic choirs.

The Conducting Fellowship provides a 360-degree experience in the guidance of a premiere symphonic chorus, including artist programming, development, communications, governance and outreach initiatives.

The application deadline for the 2016/2017 through 2017/2018 academic years Conducting Fellowship has now closed. Applications will be received again in late-2018.

Additional Information

Click here for a downloadable PDF with information about the Conducting Fellowship. For additional information about the Conducting Fellowship, email Dr. Eric Stark, Artistic Director at to email the Butler University School of Music with questions related to the Conducting Fellowship.

Applications are not being received at present.

Meet Ali Darley, Conducting Fellow

Alexandria Genevieve Darley is a Master’s of Music choral conducting student at Butler University and a native Hoosier. Ali graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music in music education and a minor in French from Butler University. Ali taught general music in Rouen, France as an exchange teacher through the Franco-American Teachers-In-Training program. She also worked with the Chorale Universitaire de Rouen. Ali has taught music in grades PreK-12 in Ohio and Indiana for four years.

After relocating to the Cincinnati area, Ali joined the May Festival Chorus under the direction of Robert Porco. She served as a chamber choir member for many concerts and was a featured singer in the 2012 World Choir Games Opening Ceremony. While a member of the May Festival Chorus, she was privileged to sing under the baton of Louis Langrée, Robert Porco, Juanjo Mena, James Conlon, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Roberto Abbado, and John Morris Russell. She is a proud member of the international women’s music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota.