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 2018/2019 through 2019/2020 academic years Conducting Fellowship has now closed. Applications will be received again in late-2019 prior to the 2020/2021 academic year.


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

Click here to email the Butler University School of Music with questions related to the Conducting Fellowship.

Applications are not being received at present.


Meet James Plenty, Conducting Fellow

James Anthony Plenty is a conductor, clinician, and scholar from Central Alabama. He is a musician who is equally at home in sacred, popular, and classical music.  Plenty’s professional achievements include serving as a contributing composer in the newly published Total Praise Hymnal.  Dr. Plenty is Co-Executive Producer of a CD project titled Plenty Good News Presents…When Pastors Meet.

As a scholar and practitioner in sacred music and the arts, Dr. Plenty has served in church administration as a director of music and youth programs, consultant, and teacher.  In 2007, Plenty began serving at Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama as the youngest Music and Arts Director in the history of the megachurch. An established academician, Plenty has also served as a member of the faculties of J. F. Drake State Community and Technical College, Alabama A&M University, H. Councill Trenholm State Community College, and Alabama State University.

James is a 2006 cum laude graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Technology. In addition to completing his studies in Birmingham, he also holds the Master of Church Music degree from Lee University and the Doctor of Education degree in Leadership, Policy, and Law from Alabama State University where he was a doctoral fellow of Abernathy College of Education. Plenty is also a graduate of the University of Alabama Community College Leadership Academy.