Whether you’re in the music program and want to expand your performance experience,
or you’re a nonmusic major looking to broaden your musical interests, the School of
Music has countless opportunities to perform in a variety of ensembles.
Due to health concerns raised by the spread of COVID-19, for everyone's safety, no
in-person audiences are allowed for indoor performances at this time. We will be
streaming select performances and student recitals here.
As an ensemble member, you'll learn from some of the best faculty and guest artists
and experience the thrill of performing both on and off campus. Some of our ensembles
have opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Being a part of a collaborative
ensemble group, you'll gain valuable networking and mentoring opportunities and make
friendships that can last a lifetime.
Committed to providing outstanding musical opportunities for students of all levels
and abilities regardless of your major, UofSC Bands offers both concert ensembles
and athletic band experiences. The Carolina Band performs for Gamecock fans each week
and members are majors from virtually every school at the university.
Choral ensembles include the Concert Choir, University Chorus, Carolina Alive Vocal
Jazz Ensemble, Graduate Vocal Ensemble, Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus.
UofSC Symphony Orchestra, Campus Orchestra and Opera Orchestra offer unparalleled
opportunities for students to work with some of the best music directors and guest
Opera at USC presents two fully staged operas with orchestra each year and an evening
of One-Act Operas, often with a graduate stage director. Roles are open to undergraduates
Jazz ensemble participation is open to all UofSC students by audition, including nonmusic
majors. Performance opportunities include playing with the Left Bank Big Band, Traditional
Jazz Combos, The Jazz String Ensemble and Carolina Alive.
The UofSC Percussion Ensemble performs standard and cutting-edge percussion works.
Palmetto Pans Steel Band performs music native to Trinidad and Tobago. Percussion
Players, for underclassmen and nonmusic majors, is conducted, coached and run by graduate
students from the Percussion Studio.
Chamber Music Ensembles
A chamber music ensemble gives you the experience and joy of collaborating with your
peers under the guidance of our renowned faculty. There are opportunities for students
of brass, piano, percussion, strings, voice and woodwinds.
See the video
The power and poignancy of music were on full display during the School of Music’s
production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS. Nearly 6000 people from around the region
experienced the full-scale production of the epic work performed in March 2018 at
the Koger Center for the Arts.
Read about it here.