As a USC School of Music student, you’ll be studying and performing in some of the
best facilities in the southeast. You’ll enjoy beautiful performance venues like the Koger Center for the Arts, Johnson
Performance Hall and the School of Music Recital Hall.
The main School of Music building houses the music library, recording studio, recital
hall, offices and more than 100 acoustically designed rooms for practicing, rehearsing and teaching. Carolina's Music Leadership Laboratory is housed in the Spark Lab, an innovative environment that inspires collaboration,
creativity, entrepreneurial ventures and big ideas.
The School of Music building, String Project building, Copenhaver Band Hall and Koger
Center for the Arts are all wheelchair accessible.
Koger Center for the Arts
Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St.) adjoins the School of Music building and
seats 2,400. The hall has hosted international performers such as the London Philharmonic
and the Vienna Boys Choir. The USC Symphony and USC Bands perform regularly at the
School of Music Recital Hall
School of Music Recital Hall (813 Assembly St., 2nd floor) seats 200 and serves as
an intimate performance hall and lecture auditorium. The hall is equipped with extensive
audio and video systems, variable acoustics and full lighting package and boasts two
New York Steinway grand pianos and a Lynn Dobson Pipe Organ.
W. W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall
The W. W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall (1014 Greene St., level 1) is a 500-seat
hall in the new Darla Moore School of Business building, designed by Raphael Viñoly
Architects of New York. The recently completed building adds more flexibility to meet
the performance needs of students, faculty and guest artists and will set a new standard
for innovation and energy efficiency in higher-education facilities. It is located
adjacent to the School of Music and Koger Center buildings.
String Project Building
Our nationally-acclaimed USC String Project is housed in a beautiful new facility
located adjacent to the School of Music building and includes rehearsal rooms, practice
rooms, offices and a library. (851 Park Street)
The Copenhaver Band Hall houses practice areas, rehearsal rooms and instrument and
uniform storage for the Carolina Marching Band. Right outside the beautiful new building
is the marching band practice field, which can be observed from the hall's interior
bank of windows. (326 Sumter St.)
Acoustically designed, soundproofed and individually climate-controlled rooms are
available for practicing, rehearsing and teaching.
Our Music Library has one of the largest collections in the southeast – books, scores,
print and electronic journals, audio and video recordings and special collections.
You can check out circulating audio and video recordings or view and listen in the
library. Electronic resources include Alexander Street Press Classical Score Library
I and II, Opera in Video, Dance in Video, International Index to Music Periodicals,
RILM, RIPM, Oxford Music Online (Grove), DRAM and Naxos Music Library.
The Recording Studio (Studio C) is the nerve center of the School of Music’s recording
operations and interfaces with multiple performance and rehearsal spaces throughout
the building. It is open all hours for School of Music recording sessions, audio courses
and student projects.
Music Technology Center
The music technology center (MTC) is an iMac computer lab, open daily for student,
faculty and classroom use. Workstations include current software required for research,
writing and music-related classwork and digital piano keyboards with MIDI interfaces.
Computer Music Studios
Two computer music studios (Studios A and B) function as small classrooms and workspaces
for students and faculty. These studios house digital recording equipment, synthesizers,
samplers, sound processors and other equipment required for electronic composition
students and those enrolled in audio recording classes.
Spark: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory
Spark: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory taps into the creative and imaginative
energy of USC music students and faculty. The office for the institute, room 106 in
the School of Music building, is designed to stimulate team collaboration and creativity.
Green Office Certification
Designed to help faculty and staff members reduce the environmental footprint of their
workplace, the School of Music became a Green Certified Office in Fall 2017. This
program recognizes departments who are making the effort to incorporate sustainable
practices into their daily activities, including energy conservation, resource consumption,
waste diversion, alternative transportation and recycling.