Stories for Faculty and Staff
September 25, 2017, Taylor Evans
The USC Symphony Orchestra is gearing up for an exciting season filled with ambitious pieces and award-winning guest artists that include the university’s renowned music faculty. The season opener is Thursday, Sept. 28.
July 21, 2017, Megan Sexton
Clifford Leaman's love of teaching and performing is obvious to Leaman’s students and colleagues, who describe him as a master performer and teacher. This year, the university presented Leaman, who has taught saxophone at Carolina for the past 17 years, with its highest teaching honor: the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award.
June 13, 2017, John Brunelli
The 2017 Southeastern Piano Festival opens June 18 with a Piano Extravaganza concert. The region's only piano-focused arts event runs through June 24 with nightly concerts from world-class pianists and a competition of rising stars.
June 01, 2017, John Brunelli
The School of Music's SAVVY Arts Venture Challenge explores how a variety of business lessons are applicable to all arts disciplines. Musicians, dancers, actors, visual artists and even mimes learn what it takes to create a business.
February 23, 2017, John Brunelli
Five paintings by Edward Hopper are the inspiration for Opera at USC's spring production "Later the Same Evening." The show runs Feb. 24-26 at Drayton Hall.
December 15, 2016, USC Times
A is for alphabet, at least according to USC Times. To help close out 2016, the University of South Carolina’s monthly magazine for faculty and staff devoted its entire December issue to the ABCs of 2016 — with each letter representing a different accomplishment, announcement or notable arrival from the past year.
October 18, 2016, Dan Cook
For the past 11 years, Ari Streisfeld has played violin in the JACK Quartet, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and on stages throughout the world. Now, he is on to the next chapter — as assistant professor of violin and violin pedagogy in the University of South Carolina School of Music.
October 13, 2016, John Brunelli
Maestro Donald Portnoy has spent 31 years creating dynamic symphonic concerts at the University of South Carolina. His farewell season includes a night of movie scores from "Jaws," "Harry Potter," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," and other blockbusters.
September 12, 2016, Dan Cook
Imagine the stakes when you enroll in an experimental music class and it turns out that you’ll not only be listening to challenging sounds, but actually performing such pieces yourself. Not only that, but performing them in New York City just one month into the semester as part of a world premiere.
August 18, 2016, John Brunelli
Two popular music series merge to create the new Freeman Sundays @ 3 concerts featuring School of Music faculty. Proceeds from the concerts will still fund music student scholarships.
July 27, 2016, Dan Cook
When Bryan Gibson first visited the University of South Carolina in 1999 to audition for cello professor Robert Jesselson, it didn’t go well. Seventeen years later, Gibson is touring the world as a cellist and multi-instrumentalist — and Jesselson has fond memories of the student he once saw as unprepared for pursuing a career in music.
May 31, 2016, Dan Cook
Today's musicians graduate into a world where they often need to cobble together their careers piece by piece — and that means they need more than just musical training. What exactly that training should be will be the focus of a major summit at the School of Music this week.
May 12, 2016, Glenn Hare
Julie Hubbert is a film buff, and this summer she's headed to Hollywood. But not to stalk the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio or Jennifer Lawrence. A recipient of a National Endowment of Humanities Summer Stipend and a music historian in the School of Music, Hubbert will busy her days in Tinsel Town combing the documents of legendary filmmakers from the New Hollywood era, also dubbed the American New Wave.
April 01, 2016, Steven Powell
David “Clay” Mettens is already hitting high notes—or, more precisely, writing them as a composer—in his young career in music. Not even three years since finishing his undergraduate degree at the School of Music, he has composed a mini-opera that was part of a sold-out performance at the Kennedy Center.
March 31, 2016, Glenn Hare
Influenced by the likes of opera stars Leontyne Price and Kathleen Battle, USC music student Valencia Callens has high standards. But the master of music in theatre performance is undaunted by the challenge. Callens will showcase what’s she’s learned at Carolina this weekend when performs in “Speed Dating Tonight!” presented by Opera at USC in the School of Music recital hall.
January 14, 2016, Olivia Currey
During Sunday evening’s Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Festival at the Koger Center, choirs will be singing in honor of the past and for the future. For Carl Wells, director of the USC Gospel Choir, the event offers the chance to understand King’s legacy through music and explore its relevance today.
December 02, 2015, Glenn Hare
Like many UofSC music students, Jason Wright, a doctoral candidate in choral conducting, adds to the city's music soundscape by offers his talents to many local music organizations and churches in the Midlands.
November 04, 2015, Glenn Hare
Sean Heely transferred to UofSC’s School of Music to continue his violin training under William Terwilliger and to refine his playing of classical composers. He has found that, but also discovered a world of opportunities. “The musical progress I’ve made in classical and my new ventures in bluegrass and Gypsy jazz couldn’t have happened elsewhere,” he says.
September 20, 2015, Glenn Hare
There are no music stands in Rooms 106 at the School of Music. There’s no podium either. What you will find are spaces for brainstorming and planning — whiteboards and corkboards, flip charts and Post-it notes, books on finance and leadership. And just in case there’s a need play out those ideas, the room has a seven-foot Baldwin piano.