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School of Music

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Friends of the School of Music

Friends of the University of South Carolina School of Music have been helping students achieve their dreams since 1992. We invite you to join our inner circle of supporters and actively participate in shaping the School of Music's future.

Musical Feast 2018

Thursday, March 8, 6:00 p.m.
Senate's End, Columbia, SC (300 Senate St.)

Enjoy an evening with the music of  Burt Bacharach, as performed by members of the University of South Carolina School of Music’s renowned faculty.
Bert Ligon, jazz
Jacob Will and Friends: vocalists Janet Hopkins, Rachel Calloway and Tina Milhorn Stallard

Cocktails - Passed hors d’oeuvres and open bar

Onion Soup Gratin
Goat Cheese with Blackberry Sage Preserve and Homemade Toasts
Sautéed Quail with Fig and Champagne Reduction
Succulent Native Wreckfish in Lemon Butter Sauce
Puree of Fennel
Tomatoes Provençal
Homemade Multigrain Bread

Dessert - Chocolate Tarte with Ice Cream and Caramel Bourbon Sauce

Guest Chef: Bertrand Gilli

Cocktail attire, black tie optional.

$175 per person or $150 per person for Friends members.  A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. To attend, call 803-777-4337 or online here.

Friends help keep the music playing

Friends show their support for the continued growth and success of the USC School of Music by providing music scholarships to students, encouraging community participation in musical events, and by sponsoring special activities.

By becoming a Friend, you benefit from a special relationship with the university. Since its inception, Friends have provided almost half a million dollars to outstanding students of music at USC.

Join us in our commitment to the dedicated and talented students and faculty of USC School of Music. Because of people like you, more students have more opportunities to become noted performers, composers and educators. Be a part of our vision for one of the foremost schools of music in the country.

Friends annual events

As a Friend, you receive invitations to special events to meet guest artists and students, recognition in concert programs, and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to create the best musical experiences for our patrons and students alike. Friends enjoy the company of like-minded music enthusiasts and receive invitations to special events like the annual Musical Feast.

Become a Friend

Student/Educator - $25
Family - $50
Partner - $100 - $249
Contributor - $250 – $499
Patron - $500 - $999
Sustainer - $1,000 and above

For more information, contact the School of Music at 803-576-5763 or

Our School of Music is most fortunate to have a group of supporters who are so deeply committed to the activities and achievements of our school. The Friends help sustain the work of the School as one of our most valuable partners, helping enhance the quality of the education provided to our students and the musical events available to the people of South Carolina and beyond.
--Tayloe Harding, Dean, School of Music


Scholarships are awarded annually by the Friends of the School of Music to worthy students currently enrolled at the School of Music. The Friends scholarship recipients are:

Andrea Brown, oboe, West Columbia, SC
Ian Prichard, voice, Augusta, GA
Benjamin Spagnuolo, clarinet, Pawleys Island, SC
Elizabeth Gergel, cello, Asheville, NC
Daniel Long, piano, Manquin, VA
Kenneth Cox, flute, Georgetown, SC
Christopher Murphy, saxophone, Simpsonville, SC
Zoe Rosner, viola, Charlottesville, VA