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USC String Project marks 50 years of hitting the right notes

For the past 50 years, the University of South Carolina String Project has been the national model in a program that combines music lessons with community service and teacher education.

Music history professor wins teaching innovation award

University of South Carolina School of Music History Professor Sarah Williams was recently awarded the 2024 Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation.

In a Minor Key: Stephen Mitnaul, '09

In this inaugural feature, "In a Minor Key," we spotlight alumni who minored in music and interview them about how that minor has impacted their careers and lives.

A Budding Endowment

The 2024 Whittaker Commission, sponsored by Mark and Barbara Whittaker, fosters an aspiring young composer.

Training aspiring musicians in the Upstate

A School of Music 2016 DMA graduate is teaching emerging artists to pursue their artistic passions at Greenville's South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.

New Madama Butterfly Exhibits Brings Opera Out of the Archives and into Students' Hands

A special collection in USC's music library, a professor's innovative approach to teaching opera and a talented group of students have all come together to create a striking new exhibit in the School of Music.

Associate Professor of Composition Receives Charles Ives Fellowship

Associate Professor of Composition Fang Man received the Outstanding Composer Charles Ives Fellowships and Scholarships Award from the February 2024 American Academy of Arts and Letters Music Awards.

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.


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