University of South Carolina

School of Music notes for March 2009

Choral Music

All choral events listed are free. For additional information, contact Sara Beardsley at 803-777-5369 or

  • March 3: Graduate Vocal Ensemble concert. 5:30 p.m., School of Music recital hall.
  • March 24: Carolina Alive Vocal Jazz Ensemble concert. 7:30 p.m., School of Music recital hall.

USC Symphony Orchestra

Directed by Maestro Donald Portnoy. All concerts are held in the Koger Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Carolina Coliseum box office or by calling 803-251-2222. For additional information, please contact the symphony office, 803-777-7500. Ticket prices are as follows: adults, $25; seniors, faculty and staff, $20; students, $8.

  • March 17: Marina Lomazov, associate professor of piano, will perform Schubert’s “Symphony No. 8” (“The Unfinished Symphony”) and Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2.” University’s concerto/aria competition winners also will perform.

Faculty and guest artists

Recitals and concerts featuring University of South Carolina School of Music faculty and guest artists. Concerts are held at the School of Music recital hall and are free unless otherwise noted. For information, call 803-777-4280.

  • March 3: Cliff Leaman faculty saxophone recital. 7:30 p.m. Leaman is a professor of saxophone at the University of South Carolina.
  • March 5: James Ackley (trumpet) and Bradley Edwards (trombone) faculty recital. 7:30 p.m. Ackley and Edwards, associate professors at the University of South Carolina, will be joined by faculty pianist Joseph Rackers to perform “Divertimento” by Boris Blacher, a French concertino by Jacques Casterede, “Phrygian Variations” by Juan Antonio Cuellar and “Four Sketches” by Eugene Bozza.
  • March 18: American Horn Quartet guest artist recital. 7:30 p.m. Established in 1982, the American Horn Quartet performs traditional repertoire, works of diverse genres and original compositions. Members include David Johnson, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland; Kerry Turner, associate principal horn of the Luxemburg Philharmonic; Charles Putnam, Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn, Germany; and Geoffery Winter, principal horn of the Beethoven Orchestra, Bonn, Germany.
  • March 20: Joseph Rackers faculty piano recital. 7:30 p.m. Rackers is assistant professor of piano at the University of South Carolina.
  • March 23: Peter Kolkay faculty bassoon recital. 7:30 p.m. Kolkay is assistant professor of bassoon at the University of South Carolina.
  • March 29: Selma Gokcen guest artist cello recital. 3 p.m. Gokcen is a virtuoso cellist and winner of the Bryan Award of the North Carolina Symphony, the Houston Symphony Young Artists’ Competition, the North American Young Artists’ Competition and the Flagler Mathews Auditions.
  • March 30: Mark Clodfelter guest artist trumpet recital. 5:30 p.m. Clodfelter is a professor of music at the University of Kentucky.
  • March 31: Tina Stallard (soprano) Joseph Eller (clarinet) and Lynn Kompass (piano) faculty recital. 7:30 p.m. Stallard, Eller and Kompass are music faculty members at the University of South Carolina.

Bands and percussion ensembles

Recitals and concerts featuring University of South Carolina musicians. University bands are led by James Copenhaver, director of bands; George Brozak, associate director of bands, director of athletic bands and director of “The Mighty Sound of the Southeast” marching band; and Rebecca Phillips, associate director of bands. Concerts are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Band Office at 803-777-4278.

  • March 26: USC Wind Ensemble concert. 7:30 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts.

Chamber music and strings

Concerts are free and held in the School of Music recital hall. For more information, call the School of Music at 803-777-4280.

  • March 25: World Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. One of two new School of Music ensembles, the World Symphonic Jazz Orchestra performs works rooted in modern jazz and for large-scale orchestra that are ethnically diverse, including music from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

“Southern Exposure New Music Series” concerts

The “Southern Exposure New Music Series,” under the direction of John Fitz Rogers, performs a variety of recent music as well as classic compositions from the past century. Held in the School of Music recital hall, these concerts are standing-room only, and early arrival is recommended. While the concerts are free and open to the public, for a donation of $75 or more, patrons may reserve one seat for the entire 2008 - 09 “Southern Exposure” season.

  • March 4-: Music from Copland House. 7:30 p.m. Music from Copland House is the resident ensemble at Aaron Copland’s landmark New York home, restored as a creative center for American music. Music from Copland House is the country’s only American repertory ensemble, featuring Derek Bermel (clarinet), Michael Boriskin (piano), Adela Pena and Wilhelmina Smith (cello).

“Chamber Innovista Series”

The “Chamber Innovista Series” was launched in 2008. In keeping with the University of South Carolina’s Innovista research campus approach of “Live, Work, Learn, Play,” “Chamber Innovista” provides innovative and original chamber music. Concerts are held at 3 p.m. in the School of Music recital hall. Call 803-576-5763 to reserve tickets: $15 per person per performance or $38 for the three-concert season.

  • March 1: Featuring Camille Saint-Saens’ “Septet for String Quartet, Trumpet, Piano and Double Bass,” George Crumb’s “Madrigals for Voice, Flute, and Percussion” and Wenzeslaus Thomas Matiegka’s “Serenade for Flute, Viola, and Guitar, Op. 26.” The concert will feature the Percussion Ensemble, directed by Scott Herring.

Studio recitals and more

Faculty members present their students in a series of studio performances. All concerts are held in the School of Music recital hall and are free. For more information, contact Laveta Gibson at 803-777-4336 or

  • March 2: Ackley Trumpet Studio recital. 7:30 p.m. Trumpet students from the studio of James Ackley perform.
  • March 22: Pruzin Horn Studio recital. 3 p.m. Horn students from the studio of Robert Pruzin perform.
  • March 30: Spring tuba/euphonium night. 7:30 p.m. Students from the studio of Ronald Davis will perform.

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