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Something old, something new

It seems fitting that the University of South Carolina’s Jazz Studies Program would get to start using a “new” space on campus — a renovated church more than 100 years old — under Matt White’s watch. It’s reminiscent of the way he approaches some of his own music.

Striking a Chord

Alumna Taylor Collier creates program at local library to foster a more intimate connection with music.

Colleen Clark Joins the Prestigious Ranks of 8G Drummers

USC School of Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies Colleen Clark will sit in as guest drummer with the iconic 8G Band on Late Night With Seth Meyers for four nights beginning January 29. 

Rockin' Resolutions Fundraiser: Elevating Music at the University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina School of Music, in collaboration with the USC Music Industry Studies program, is gearing up for an extraordinary evening of music and philanthropy with the highly anticipated Rockin' Resolutions Fundraiser.

Gail V. Barnes Receives 2024 ASTA Distinguished Service Award

Music educator Gail V. Barnes has been selected to receive the 2024 ASTA Distinguished Service Award for her work developing strong orchestra teachers through the University of South Carolina String Project and creating an online home for orchestra educators through the School Orchestra and String Teachers Facebook group.

2023 Scholarship Donor Luncheon

On Sunday, December 3 we held our annual Scholarship Donor Luncheon bringing together our generous donors with their scholarship recipients, affording the students an opportunity to personally thank donors while getting to know one another.

A Taste of the Very Best of What We Do

The Friends of the School of Music are pleased to announce tickets are now on sale for its upcoming Musical Feast on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts.

Guitar Professor Mak Grgic Wins InnoVision Education Award for Music App

University of South Carolina Assistant Professor of Guitar Mak Grgić's newly released AI-based music education app receives InnoVision Award in Education.

Harmonizing Art and Entrepreneurship: The Eric Duncan Legacy

The Duncan Endowment for Student Composers is evidence of the enduring commitment of Eric Duncan, a 1995 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Music. This initiative annually supports the recording of new compositions by USC graduate and undergraduate composition students.

USC Concert Choir Selected for National Conference in Atlanta

The USC Concert Choir has been selected to perform for the 2023 biennial conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO).

USC School of Music Forms Armed Services Veterans Band

Military service members and veterans in the Midlands now have a unique opportunity to make music with their peers.

Music Alumna Receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Rebecca Krynski Cox (BM, Opera, '09) has been named University of South Carolina Alumni Association's 2023 Outstanding Young Alumni. Each year the Alumni Association honors the best and brightest alumni and friends of the university for their service, integrity, character and leadership.

From CAE to NYC

Start spreadin' the news.... For the first time in its history, "the musical magic of the Carolina Band" will fill the air with music in New York City next year when they perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

The Next Generation of Development Professionals

Four USC School of Music alumnae have been hired to serve as the next generation of development professionals at Carolina.

Keri McCort Takes the Lead

USC instrumental music education major Keri McCourt is Phantom Regiment's new drum major.

Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina - A Year in Review

Throughout the academic year, Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina contributes to the lively ecosystem at the USC School of Music by preparing USC music students for vibrant and sustainable futures and empowering the creative endeavors of students, faculty and staff. Join us as we look back on the 2022-2023 academic year to celebrate how Spark engaged and supported the School of Music community.

School of Music Doctoral Student brings Song to Still Hopes

Still Hopes retirement community is partnering with the University of South Carolina School of Music to give the residents a chance to sing, and a hand-picked doctoral student the opportunity to educate and inspire a generation.

School of Music Spring 2023 Awards Day

The University of South Carolina School of Music is proud to celebrate the service, scholarship, leadership and character of our outstanding student community each spring.

Saxophone Students 'Hang' at Biennial Conference 

Faculty and student saxophonists from across the continent gathered at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial conference at the University of Southern Mississippi during Spring Semester. 

Legendary Rock Gods Find a Home at USC

The University of South Carolina School of Music Library is now able to Rock and Roll All Nite, thanks to a generous donation of KISS memorabilia. The Downs Family of Charleston recently gifted a collection of 26 guitars, original artwork by guitarist Paul Stanley, costumes, signed photographs and other artifacts from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy-winning band.

USC Concert Choir Shares Stage with Rock Legends

The University of South Carolina Concert Choir sing backup to the Grammy-winning Eagles on their song "The Last Resort" during the rock legends' Hotel California March 30 concert at the Colonial Life Center.

Final Four Madness: The Carolina Pep Band Strikes a Chord in Dallas

Dr. Quintus Wrighten, Jr. '05, Assistant Director of USC Bands and Associate Director of the Carolina Band, led the 29-member Pep Band to Dallas to bring music, energy and spirit to the NCAA Women's Final Four Basketball Tournament.

Concert Raises Money for Relief Efforts in Turkey

Some Strings Attached, a chamber ensemble of current graduate students at University of South Carolina, organized a benefit concert in March to aid people in Turkey affected by devastating earthquakes.

Brittons Bands Together

Two Columbia staples, Brittons of Columbia and The Carolina Band, will be joining forces to fundraise for The Mighty Sound of the Southeast leading up to the Spring Game.

A Chat with Christina Clark, Friend of the USC School of Music

To both lovers and practitioners of the creative arts, disciplines often overlap. For Christina Clark, music and visual art meet in a harmonious intersection. In celebration of the Parker Quartet's complete Beethoven Quartet cycle concert series, the School of Music commissioned Christina Clark, member of the Friends of the School of Music Board of Directors, to create a featured piece for the Cycle's commemorative poster.


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