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UofSC Professors perform at Swedish Embassy

School of Music and Department of Sport and Entertainment Management are joining forces again, but this time to bring an evening of Swedish National-Romantic Music to the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Concert Choir Alumni Reunite to Honor Dr. Arpad Darazs

Generations of University of South Carolina Concert Choir Alumni from across the nation will gather in Columbia, SC for a weekend of festivities July 8-9 to honor the choir's revered founder, Dr. Arpad Darazs, and mark the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Aloha! Dean Harding Visits Hawaii

Dean Tayloe Harding recently travelled to Hawaii as part of the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation committee for the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Music.

An Evening to Remember

At the annual Musical Feast the Friends of the School of Music raised almost $30,000 to fund scholarships.

Spring 2022 Awards Celebration

Outstanding School of Music students were recognized for their achievements during UofSC 2022 Awards Day

200 Musicians Take Center Stage

The University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir and University Chorus present an evening of majestic music for choir and orchestra on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Koger Center for the Arts. The concert includes works by Händel, Vaughan Williams, Debussy and Bernstein.

Student organizes event to share joy of music with Deaf community

An interactive, multisensory Music Field Day organized by School of Music senior Madie Willard will offer children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families an opportunity to experience music through the senses. Headlining the event will be DEAFinitely Dope, an internationally recognized deaf hip hop (dip hop) artist based in the Atlanta area.

UofSC Basketball Band Nets a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Twenty-eight students on the UofSC Basketball Band played proudly as the University of South Carolina Women's Basketball Team won its second National Championship

UofSC Percussion Ensemble Features Guest Artist Joseph Krygier

The UofSC Percussion Ensemble performs several modern compositions with guest percussionist and composer Joseph Krygier.

The legacy of Arpad Darazs and the Concert Choir

Nearly 60 years ago, a Hungarian-born choral conductor named Arpad Darazs turned the Concert Choir into an internationally touring ensemble that garnered fame for the university and continues to excel in chorale performance to this day.

UofSC Concert Choir Perform World Premiere of Requiem Gravare

The University of South Carolina Concert Choir conducted by Dr. Alicia Walker is excited to perform a newly commissioned requiem in 2022.

Parker Quartet Spring 2022 Residency

Each spring the Columbia community looks forward to welcoming the Grammy-award-winning Parker Quartet.

Southern Exposure New Music Series Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

Founded just over twenty years ago by UofSC composition professor John Fitz Rogers, the Southern Exposure contemporary classical and world music series has become an integral part of the Columbia region's music scene.

Three Rising Stars shine at Symphony Orchestra

The winners of the 2021-22 Concerto-Aria Competition are Rianne Cheuk-Ying Lau, soprano; Morgan McGee, piano; and Elizabeth Churchya, piano.

Scholarship Donor Luncheon

The Scholarship Donor Luncheon was held on February 13.

Southern Exposure New Music Series Presents "The Westerlies"

The Westerlies are comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, trumpeters Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands, and trombonists Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch. Formed in 2011, this self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from west to east.

Alumni Brass perform Pines of Rome

Pines of Rome is a tone poem completed in 1924 by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi.

Smooth Sailing

When Derrick Vaz graduated in May 2020, COVID-19 put a wrench in a 5-month contract he had lined up performing with a jazz band aboard the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship. But this year cruise ships were able to sail, and Derrick shared with us his experience performing in a post-COVID environment.

In Honor of Stephen Sondheim 1930-2021

Violin faculty, William Terwilliger honors the passing of world-renowned Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Friendship Marches On

James K. Copenhaver's legacy continues through memorabilia display donated by Ken '81/'92 and Maribeth Corbett '80.

Spotlight on Kirk Randazzo

Since 2010 Kirk Randazzo '94 has been the Voice of the Carolina Band. In addition to being a band alumnus, he's the chair of the political science department at Univeristy of South Carolina. A true mentor for many, Kirk shared thoughts about his band experiences from the past and present. 

Student Spotlight: Charlotte Downs

Charlotte Downs is a music industry studies undergrad at the University of South Carolina School of Music. She auditioned at numerous universities, but South Carolina felt like home to her. Recently the Downs' family graciously donated a 400+ piece collection of KISS memorabilia to the University of South Carolina.

Music opportunities at UofSC provide students, community chance to connect

Whether you’re enjoying the Mighty Sound of the Southeast during a football game or practicing Vivaldi for a symphony concert, music connects us to each other.

Spotlight on Dr. Jay Jacobs

Dr. Jay Jacobs has led the Mighty Sound of the Southeast since 2019. Originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, Dr. Jacobs is Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina, where he is the director of The Carolina Band, conducts the Symphonic Winds and teaches courses within the School of Music.

New faculty spotlight: Colleen Clark

When Colleen Clark was in elementary school in Colchester, Connecticut, she decided to play drums in the school band. It was an easy choice, as she’d already been playing drums with her dad in a family rock band.

 

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