We offer a wealth of opportunities for string players at the undergraduate and graduate
levels. Whether your interest is in solo performance, chamber music or full orchestral
experiences, you will find quality programs at USC.
The USC Symphony Orchestra ranks with the finest university orchestras in the nation, and the USC Chamber Orchestra
was featured in New York's Lincoln Center as a part of the Mozart Bicentennial Festival.
Experienced artists and teachers who have performed throughout the world provide instruction
on all stringed instruments. The university also offers a wide range of performance
opportunities and a variety of venues from lecture halls to world-class music halls.
USC’s String Project is a model of community service and teacher education for more than 30 other university
programs across the country. Carolina students provide accessible string education
and support school music programs while receiving valuable teaching experience. Qualified
music education students may seek a performance certificate in addition to their bachelor
of music education degree.
The American String Teachers Association’s South Carolina Cello Choir and Workshop
rotates among the universities in South Carolina, including USC. Professionals, amateurs,
teachers and students from around the region take part in this program, learning from
renowned clinicians and music faculty.
The USC School of Music has an exceptionally large and active student chapter of American
String Teachers Association, which has an enrollment of 20-25 string education and
performance majors at undergraduate and graduate levels. Elected officers and a faculty
adviser guide the chapter through various professional, service and outreach activities.
These include fundraisers and benefit concerts that provide members with important
leadership experience. Many of our student chapter members and string faculty are
presenters, performers and panel members at the association’s national conference
each year, and USC won the association’s Outstanding Student Chapter Award in 2008.
The university is fortunate to have the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet as USC Quartet-in-Residence. Each semester, the string quartet spends a week on campus, presenting concerts,
master classes, coachings and outreach.