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 Patrick Pauloski, Conducting Fellow

Conductor, singer, and educator, Patrick Pauloski, is a master of music student at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, pursuing a degree in choral conducting. He is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and holds a B.A. in music, voice performance, from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. Patrick’s chorister experience includes singing under the direction of Henry Leck and Joshua Pedde as a child singer in the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, singing as a member of the esteemed Luther College Nordic Choir at which time was under the direction of Dr. Allen Hightower III, singing as a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir in Indianapolis, Indiana, and singing as a member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir under the leadership of Dr. Eric Stark. In addition to these choral experiences, Patrick has had the opportunity to teach pre-K through eighth grade general music in the Catholic diocese of Indianapolis as well as teach preparatory and early childhood level classes and choirs for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Patrick actively sings throughout the Indianapolis area and is a member of the Circle City Chamber Choir––C4. Most recently, Patrick was a young artist for the Indianapolis Opera Company during the summer of 2018, where he performed opera repertoire to young students around central Indiana. When Patrick is not conducting, singing, or teaching, he enjoys composing music for all sorts of ensembles, spending time in nature, and living an active lifestyle.