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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.

USC Selected as Co-recipient of 2023 MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year

The University of South Carolina School of Music's chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) has been named co-recipient of the 2023 MTNA Collegiate Chapter of the Year.

USC Jazz Studies Welcomes Guest Artists

The Dominican Jazz Project brings its blend of Latin and American jazz to the USC School of Music.

Hello, from Long Beach

Dean Tayloe Harding recently traveled to Long Beach, California to present at the College Music Society (CMS) National Conference.

Emerging Voices: A Life-changing Opportunity

In August, two faculty from the University of South Carolina School of Music fulfilled a goal -- to offer a small group of students a life-changing, week-long singing intensive at Castleton

A Powerful Season Awaits

The USC Symphony Orchestra opens the 2022-23 season, "Power and Empower," with The Planets. The six concerts feature a star-studded lineup of soloists, some of the most powerful orchestral works ever written, and an empowered ensemble of accomplished musicians.

New Sounds from Down Under and Down South

Associate Dean and Professor of Saxophone at the University of South Carolina Dr. Clifford Leaman believes there are two ways to have a lasting impact on the saxophone community. One is teaching many "fine students to play saxophone who then teach more fine students." The other is to commission new works for the instrument.

Better Together

Making music is simply better together, face-to-face.

We Are the Music

Against the backdrop of trauma caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, school shootings and social unrest, Schlegel, Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at the University of South Carolina, sees an even greater need for hope, positivity and support. She believes music offers a unique pathway to bring people together.

Wellness Comes Full Circle

Under blue skies on a Friday morning in June, 25 residents and staff members from Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community gathered on the facility's Mansion Porch for a drum circle led by School of Music Professor of Music Education faculty member Wendy Valerio.

USC Music Series Helps Give Artists Social Voice

An endowment from the Racial Justice and Equity Research Fund at the University of South Carolina helped underwrite the commissions of two new compositions and their recordings.

London Calling

This June, the voices of the University of South Carolina Concert Choir will lift cathedrals across Great Britain with song

New Faculty Join the School of Music

Dean Tayloe Harding recently announced two outstanding musicians will join the University of South Carolina School of Music faculty in Fall 2022.

USC 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.


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