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UofSC School of Music Professor David Cutler honored as Yamaha Master Educator

Recognized for his work in the field of Music Business and Entrepreneurship

Smooth Sailing

When Derrick Vaz graduated in May 2020, COVID-19 put a wrench in a 5-month contract he had lined up performing with a jazz band aboard the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship. But this year cruise ships were able to sail, and Derrick shared with us his experience performing in a post-COVID environment.

In Honor of Stephen Sondheim 1930-2021

Violin faculty, William Terwilliger honors the passing of world-renowned Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim.

Friendship Marches On

James K. Copenhaver's legacy continues through memorabilia display donated by Ken '81/'92 and Maribeth Corbett '80.

Spotlight on Kirk Randazzo

Since 2010 Kirk Randazzo '94 has been the Voice of the Carolina Band. In addition to being a band alumnus, he's the chair of the political science department at Univeristy of South Carolina. A true mentor for many, Kirk shared thoughts about his band experiences from the past and present. 

Student Spotlight: Charlotte Downs

Charlotte Downs is a music industry studies undergrad at the University of South Carolina School of Music. She auditioned at numerous universities, but South Carolina felt like home to her. Recently the Downs' family graciously donated a 400+ piece collection of KISS memorabilia to the University of South Carolina.

Music opportunities at UofSC provide students, community chance to connect

Whether you’re enjoying the Mighty Sound of the Southeast during a football game or practicing Vivaldi for a symphony concert, music connects us to each other.

Spotlight on Dr. Jay Jacobs

Dr. Jay Jacobs has led the Mighty Sound of the Southeast since 2019. Originally from Morgantown, West Virginia, Dr. Jacobs is Associate Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina, where he is the director of The Carolina Band, conducts the Symphonic Winds and teaches courses within the School of Music.

New faculty spotlight: Colleen Clark

When Colleen Clark was in elementary school in Colchester, Connecticut, she decided to play drums in the school band. It was an easy choice, as she’d already been playing drums with her dad in a family rock band.

Hindsight 2020: The performer

This summer, Carolinian magazine reached out to a cross-section of alumni, faculty, staff and students to ask how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their work, and their workplace philosophies. Rebecca Krynski Cox is a member of the Fest Ensemble at the Luzerner Theater in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Remembering Frankie Goodman

Frankie was a loving spirit. Faithful, kind, and selfless, she was a driving force behind the efforts to create the Center for Southern African-American Music (CSAM) in the School of Music in 2004 and served as an administrative assistant for the Center for a few years before her retirement.

Poet Nikky Finney embraces outspoken candor to inform, educate, motivate

In “At War with Ourselves: 400 Years of You,” the poet and English professor covers four centuries of American history, recounting uncomfortable truths about racism and violence. But she also sings of success and resilience. She reminds readers about African American inventors, Olympians, leaders and activists, as well as everyday heroes who live out their dreams.

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Welcome Back!

A new academic year has begun, and we are excited for what it holds despite the ongoing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the safety of our students, faculty/staff, alums, and loyal audience members, we continue to strongly encourage the use of face coverings indoors.

SEPF Returns

Some of the world's top pianists will take the stage at the concert halls of the University of South Carolina and Columbia June 12-20 for the Southeastern Piano Festival.

Statement of Solidarity

Over the last few weeks, the UofSC School of Music Community has been profoundly saddened by the rise in violence against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders across the country.

Remembering Walter Cuttino

The University of South Carolina School of Music is profoundly sad to share that Walter Cuttino, Associate Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of South Carolina, has passed away.

Meet the newest faculty to join the School of Music

From a musical first to Carnegie hall these new faculty members are leaders in their field.

2021 School of Music Awards Celebration

The UofSC School of Music congratulates and honors students for their achievements and academic excellence during the 2021 awards celebration.

School of Music Piano Area Tribute to John Williams

John will be fondly remembered for his many contributions to the School of Music

Remembering John Williams

The University of South Carolina School of Music is sad to share the news that John Williams, Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, has passed away.

43rd Annual Band Clinic goes Virtual

UofSC Bands at the University of South Carolina School of Music hosted its 43rd annual UofSC Band Clinic in February. This clinic has annually brought over 400 talented high school students from the southeastern U.S. together for 4 days of rehearsals, masterclasses, and concerts.

Capstone will glow in garnet tonight in honor of Dean Harding

Congratulations to Dean Tayloe Harding, one of this year’s recipients of the South Carolina Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Music Education!

Love Letters Home

This concert pairs Mozart's Gran Partita Serenade for winds with classic jazz love songs.

New Bachelor Arts in Music with a Concentration in Musical Theatre

The School of Music is excited to offer a Bachelor Arts in Music with a Concentration in Musical Theatre


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