University of South Carolina

Music professor comes in to ‘something big’

By Liz McCarthy,, (803) 777-2848

Charles Fugo first came to USC about 40 years ago. He was a graduate student, preparing for his first job in academia. The School of Music was his first interview.

“I really liked the place so I came here,” said Fugo, a piano professor.

And he didn’t leave -- he never had a need to. Fugo found his niche teaching applied piano almost immediately, and he had found a place that gave him the freedom to teach and perform.

“The faculty is extremely collegial and very accomplished and that has only increased with the years,” he said. “I thought it was a very good situation. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do.”

In the 41 years he has been teaching at USC, he has seen quite a change in the music school at Carolina.

“It’s grown in stature. It’s grown in volume,” he said. “The students are at a completely different level. It’s been an exciting time to be here. When I came in, I was told we might be on the ground floor of something big. And that’s exactly what’s happened.”

Fugo said he is proud to be a part of a music program that continues to get better.

“It’s a wonderful place to be working and teaching and I look forward to continuing it,” he said.

This story originally appeared in USC Times. Read the full issue online here

Fugo and nine other university employees will be recognized in April for their 40 years of service at USC. Every year the Division of Human Resources celebrates USC’s longest working employees with the State Service Award ceremony, honoring individuals with 10, 20, 30 and 40 years of service.

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Posted: 03/27/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/28/13 @ 10:14 AM | Permalink