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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.

Forever a member of The Carolina Band

The Mighty Sound of the Southeast stays a part of its members' lives for many years after they graduate. The brotherhood and sisterhood of being a part of something bigger than themselves never leaves a member's heart. Julie Moody Mise exemplified this familial and eternal connection.

Parker Quartet Commemorates 10th Anniversary at USC with Special Series

More than 200 years in the making, the 16 Beethoven string quartets will be performed over the course of six concerts in a special partnership with Historic Columbia. The Beethoven Cycle has never been performed in Columbia, South Carolina, making this a truly historic event.

Continuing a Legacy with Opera at USC

For Columbia native, Mary Keenan, Opera at USC holds a special place in her heart. As the daughter of the late Lanny and Sidney Palmer - two prominent musicians in South Carolina- she learned from an early age what goes into producing an opera and how to appreciate the art form

Paving the Way for Black Female Faculty Representation at USC

For Black History Month we sat down with Dr. Birgitta Johnson to discuss being a black music specialist, connecting students to their culture/heritage and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the School of Music.

Behind-the-Scenes with Opera at USC

It takes more than great vibrato, colorful costumes and powerful scores to make operatic magic. Learn what goes into making an opera really sing!

USC Wind Ensemble Pays Tribute to Dr. King During Black History Month

The centerpiece of the USC Wind Ensemble's February concerts, "New Morning for the World," is based on the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. School of Music students Alyssa Santivanez and Deshawn Stevens will narrate texts from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech during the performance.

Partnership, grant combine to give students real-life music industry experience

In partnership with CIEL, music instructor Jeremy Polley has secured a relationship with one of the world's largest independent music festival promoters.

Whittaker Composition Commission to Premiere in April

A composer's dream is to write a piece that receives its world premiere by first-rate musicians. University of South Carolina School of Music doctoral student, Shupeng Cao, received this opportunity when he was chosen as the first recipient of the newly created Whittaker Composition Commission Fund award.

Awadagin Pratt: Piano Virtuoso and Music Education Advocate

Awadagin Pratt is no stranger to performing on the University of South Carolina stages, having appeared at our Southeastern Piano festival in 2021. The acclaimed and award-winning pianist is not just a favorite of USC, but a national favorite on college and university performing arts series across the country.

The Mighty Sound of the Southeast Performs at TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

The University of South Carolina Gamecocks will face off against Notre Dame at the 78th TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on December 30 in Jacksonville, FL. The entire Carolina Band -- all 360 members -- plus band directors, staff and assistants will help bring the energy to this historic bowl.

The Birth of a Special Partnership

Claire Bryant, a cello professor and the coordinator of Bridging Our Distances, is leading a program created by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute that pairs incarcerated expecting mothers with professional musicians.

Classroom and Stage

Tenor Johnnie Felder earns DMA, prepares for next gig.

Bass n' Bells Fundraises for Music Industries Studies Program

Students in the Music Industry Studies (MIS) program in the University of South Carolina's School of Music believe in giving back to the program that supports them so much.

School of Music Expands Commitment to Jazz Education with Dedicated Facility

The School of Music’s jazz program is getting a new home in a familiar place: Greene Street United Methodist Church.

The Mighty Sound of the Southeast Secures Donation of Semi-Truck for Band Transport

The Carolina Band is rolling into gameday in style, thanks to a transformational donation by Nilson Van and Storage of Columbia.


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