The School of Music transforms lives through excellence in music teaching, performance,
creative activities, research and service.
We prepare musicians for professional careers and leadership in music teaching, performance,
composition, research and related fields, by offering more than
20 degree programs.
The School of Music enriches the musical life of the university and the Midlands by
offering more than 300
concerts and recitals a year. Orchestras, choirs, opera, chamber ensembles and guest artist
concerts — most are free to attend — take place in beautiful venues like the Koger Center for the Arts, the School of Music’s Recital Hall and Johnson Performance Hall in the Darla Moore
School of Business.
The School also boasts one of America's most robust and inspiring community engagement
programs, MUSIC FOR YOUR LIFE, where folks of all ages and from all neighborhoods
can study and experience the beauty of music and music-making through accessible and
affordable opportunities for music enrichment made available by School faculty, students,
staff, alumni and friends including workshops, classes, camps, lessons, and clinics.
We believe music is an essential component of the human experience. Our mission is
to prepare our students to be skilled music leaders to ensure that they advance the
quality of life in their communities by helping to make others happier, healthier,
more hopeful and more fulfilled through the power of music. We do this not only
by advancing musical instruction at the highest level for students' professional preparation,
but also by leveraging the actual daily work done by students and faculty in the teaching
and learning of music to unlock music’s unlimited potential to improve lives throughout
the Midlands and beyond.
School of Music News
Emerging Voices: A Life-changing Opportunity
In August, two faculty from the University of South Carolina School of Music fulfilled a goal -- to offer a small group of students a life-changing, week-long singing intensive at Castleton
A Powerful Season Awaits
The UofSC Symphony Orchestra opens the 2022-23 season, "Power and Empower," with The Planets. The six concerts feature a star-studded lineup of soloists, some of the most powerful orchestral works ever written, and an empowered ensemble of accomplished musicians.
New Sounds from Down Under and Down South
Associate Dean and Professor of Saxophone at the University of South Carolina Dr. Clifford Leaman believes there are two ways to have a lasting impact on the saxophone community. One is teaching many "fine students to play saxophone who then teach more fine students." The other is to commission new works for the instrument.
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