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Robert Pruzin

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus
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Robert Pruzin

June 17, 1947 - October 29, 2013


"Pruzin Stories" - a tribute

Pruzin Stories is a wonderful tribute on Facebook. Students, alumni, colleagues and friends share their favorite "Pruzin stories."

 Robert (Bob) Pruzin, professor of horn, associate dean and director of undergraduate studies for the School of Music, would have served the University of South Carolina for 36 years at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. He was an inspiration and mentor for many young musicians across the state and nation, touching hundreds of lives in countless ways.
Professor Pruzin, much-loved teacher and musician, was the principal horn in the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra for 33 years as well as the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. From 1993-2003, he was the artist-in-residence at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts.

He was also the creator, producer and artist performer of  "Bring Mozart Alive!" Dressed as a court musician in the time of Mozart, Professor Pruzin performed for more than 20,000 elementary school children throughout the Carolinas, educating future musical audiences about the work of this great composer.

Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam, Professor Pruzin received his Masters of Music in Performance at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. with continued postgraduate work at the University of Maryland and Northwestern University.

He was a member of the United States Marine Band, The President's Own, in Washington, D.C. He appeared as a guest soloist at the International Horn Society symposiums in New York, Texas, Colorado and Australia; at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.; as well as at numerous regional orchestras throughout the southeast, receiving critical acclaim wherever he has performed.