University of South Carolina

School of Music notes for May

Bands and percussion ensembles -- Recitals and concerts featuring University of South Carolina musicians. University bands are led by James Copenhaver, director of bands; Rebecca Phillips, associate director of bands; and Steven McKeithen, assistant director of bands, coordinator of athletic bands. Concerts are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the Band Office at 803-777-4278.

May 2 --- Congaree New Horizons Band concert. 4 p.m. School of Music recital hall.

May 3 --- String Project concert. 7 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts. Community and children’s programs.

May 4 --- Congaree New Horizons Band concert. 7 p.m. School of Music recital hall. The Congaree New Horizons Band is dedicated to providing musical experiences and opportunities to senior adults in the Midlands of South Carolina. The approximately 70-member come from all walks of life and form three ensembles: The Congaree Concert Band, the Saluda Shoals Explorer Band and the Crescent Moon Jazz Band.

May 23 --- Palmetto Concert Bands Memorial Day concert. 7:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts.

Additional events

May 13-16 --- Rosario Guitar Festival. The School of Music hosts the 2010 Rosario Guitar Festival and competition. All events will take place in the Music building. The festival will include performances, master classes, mentoring opportunities and more. For more information, go to

Summer camps and programs

June 13-19 --- The Southeastern Piano Festival --- The Southeastern Piano Festival was created to provide outstanding training for aspiring young pianists and to offer a showcase of piano performances with celebrated and new artists. Twenty young pianists will receive daily private lessons with faculty members, participate in master classes with a guest artist and be offered invaluable opportunities to perform in a professional concert setting. Each day concludes with an evening performance by a guest artist, university piano faculty members or festival students. All events are open to the public, and many are free to attend. For more information, go to the SEPF Web site: Tickets for evening concerts can be purchased by calling 803-576-5763.

June 20 – 25 --- Band camp --- The School of Music offers a band camp for students in grades 7 - 12. Instruction is available for drum major, marching percussion, symphonic band and symphonic percussion. Contact the Band Office at 803-777-4278, or e-mail for more information.

June 20 – 25 --- Carolina Summer Music Conservatory --- School of Music faculty lead students in an intensive, one-week session that focuses on individual performance and chamber music. The conservatory is open to students in grades 9 - 12. Activities include master classes with Carolina faculty and other professional musicians, as well as chamber-music coaching and private lessons. Students will rehearse and perform solo works with professional accompanists and will attend music events featuring conservatory faculty members. Evening concerts featuring School of Music faculty are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Clifford Leaman at 803-576-5893 or

July 5 – 8 --- String Project summer day camp. The String Project summer camp promotes the excitement of playing a stringed instrument, while developing skills on the violin, cello and bass. Session runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, call 803-777-9568, or email String Project Website:

July 12 – 16 --- Carolina Opera Experience. Day camp for children in grades 5 – 9. Daily workshops with professional-level opera singers, directors and designers, exploring the basics of creating characters with and through music, singing, and learning about set lighting and costume design. Ideal for young musicians, singers and actors. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, contact Ellen Schlaefer: 803-777-0058 / Opera at USC Web site:

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