Two SC State University Students Receive Scholarships to Attend the Conn-Selmer Institute

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Latrondrick HunterTwo SC State University students, Latrondrick Hunter, senior music education major and Alphonso Counts, junior music education major, recently received full scholarships in the amount of $450.00 each to attend a three-day workshop at the 11th Annual Conn-Selmer Institute for Music Educators. The clinic was held at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. (The Conn-Selmer Institute is a component of the Conn-Selmer Corporation, one of the most elite manufacturers and distributors of band and orchestral instruments for professional, amateur and student use).

SC State University’s Music Program continues to grant students with an opportunity to explore this wonderful world of music. The mission is to provide students with educational and performance experiences that cultivate creativity, develop performance proficiency, and enhance scholarly potential in a multifaceted global society.

Hunter is excited and thankful for the opportunity. “This has been the most exciting experience that I have ever encountered. Students and teachers are here from all over the world, and I wish more of our students could have attended. The classes are very informative, interesting and relative to what I will face in the future with my aspirations of becoming a music educator,” said Hunter.

Alphonso CountsCounts shares the same sentiment. “I felt that this experience at the Conn-Selmer Institute allowed me to meet other people who are as enthralled with music as I am,” said Counts. “I felt that I have an opportunity to display my musical talent with other outstanding talented people,” he continued. 

Eddie Ellis, director of bands at SC State University, was grateful that two students from SC State University were chosen to participate in the Conn-Selmer Institute this summer.  “I am elated that two of our students were given the opportunity to be a part of such an outstanding event. In addition, it shows them that there is more to music education than the marching band. There is life after football season in the band world,” said Ellis.

SC State University’s Music Program is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). 

For more information about the Conn-Selmer School Program, visit the website at, or visit SC State University’s website at