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We commit to programming music that amplifies underrepresented voices. Our intention is to promote equity in our field while championing the diversity of global and American musics as well as the distinct sounds from our home in Carolina.


The Legacy of Richard Greener in Song

Virtual Concert and Live Discussion and Q&A
Thursday, January 28th 6:00-7:00 p.m. ET

In 2017, the School of Music hosted and stage the world premiere of several chamber music pieces composed in honor of USC professor Richard Greener. The guest composers were Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott of the famed chamber music group, Imani Winds. The pieces included spoken-word segments taken from Richard Greener speeches and letters or were inspired by his historic time at the University of South Carolina in the shadows of the Civil War in America. In 2020, on the eve of the presidential election and in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, professor Mike Harley and other music school faculty organized a socially distanced re-staging of the Greener pieces on November 1st on the Russell House patio stage. For 2021’s Martin Luther King, Jr. series of events, Mike Harley will be airing excerpts of Scott’s “A Pioneer’s Opus” and Coleman’s “Glory” from that event. After the virtual concert, composer Jeff Scott and featured baritone from “Glory,” Kendrick Williams will take part in a live discussion with School of Music professors Michael Harley and Birgitta Johnson about the legacy of Richard Greener, the role of African Americans in modern classical music and the ways in which social justice themes have always been a part of Black artists’ legacies in the art music world. The discussion will include a Q&A session with virtual audience members.
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Brighter Beginnings

Virtual Concert and Live Discussion/Q&A
February 5th, 6 p.m. -7 p.m. ET

Brighter Beginnings is a multi-genre band comprised of current UofSC students and members of the Grant family from Lugoff, South Carolina. For the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration series of events, Brighter Beginnings is creating a 30-minute classic show band concert reminiscent of stage shows by artists such as James Brown and Prince and the Revolution. Their pre-recorded concert will pay tribute to the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and show its impact among young activists movements of today. The concert includes pop, gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues music across several eras to represent themes of love, war, and the power of unity in helping people come together for change. The concert will include a bit of South Carolina music history as well. Some members of the band are related to famed rhythm and blues legend, Brook Benton from Lugoff. School of Music senior voice major, Nigel Grant is writing a new arrangement for his uncle’s 1971 protest themed song, “Take a Look at Your Hands,” for the show.  The 30 minute virtual concert will be followed by a 25 minute live discussion and Q&A session with audience attendees. Discussion panelists will include Nigel Grant, Brianna Grant, and ethnomusicologist, Dr. Birgitta Johnson (UofSC School of Music/African American Studies Program). The panelists will discuss the music featured in the concert and also the historic and continued role of Black music in freedom movements in America today. 

Play Your Part - VOTE!

Fri., Oct. 30, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Greene Street in front of the Russell House

Be a part of the great American song of Democracy! Join School of Music musicians for pop-up concerts throughout the day celebrating the right to let our voices be heard. Enjoy the music. Play your part. Vote!

Musical Tribute to Richard Greener as part of Southern Exposure series

Sun., Nov. 1, 3 p.m.
Russell House Patio Stage

Season patrons receive registration priority
Free / limited audience / reservations required
Sign-up link for tickets here. (limit 2 per person)
The audience will be required to wear face coverings.

The performance will be live-streamed at The School of Music Channel.

In a bridge connecting the university and nation’s present with its past — and a clear-eyed look at racial injustices that are still perpetuated today — UofSC music faculty perform works commissioned for the 2018 unveiling of the Cooper Library statue dedicated to Richard T. Greener, the university’s first African American professor and the first Black graduate of Harvard.  By Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott, two of the country’s leading African American composers, “Glory” and “A Pioneer’s Opus” celebrate Greener’s life and legacy, setting his own words, original poetry, and Langston Hughes’ “Let American be America Again.”

This outdoor concert for a limited audience, held at the Russell House Patio Stage not far from Greener’s statue, will be socially distanced.  The audience will be required to wear face coverings.

Ryan Fox, woodwinds in Graduate Recital w/ Winifred Goodwin, piano & Christopher Lee, percussion

Mon., Nov. 16
Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church

Program to include works by Hildegard von Bingen (arr. Samantha Marshall, Valerie Page-Coleman, Dave Volpe, Adolphus Hailstork, Ellen Taaffe Zwilic, Ida Gotkovsky, Paquito D’Rivera.

"Love, Joy, Peace” dedicated to and to benefit of Transitions Homeless Shelter

Wed., Nov. 18 , 6:30 p.m.

Voice students of Dr. Tina Stallard present a livestream performance.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.