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University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra

The University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra is the premier orchestra in the UofSC School of Music and one of the leading ensembles in the Southeast. Comprised of over 100 student musicians, the orchestra’s repertoire spans five centuries of music, including everything from the standard symphonic literature to cutting edge contemporary works. The ensemble performs six concerts a year in the Koger Center for the Arts and performs in the pit for Opera at USC.

For more information about orchestra auditions, contact Scott Weiss, director at, 803-777-6251

2022-2023 Season

The University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra's 2022-2023 season is based on suggestions by ensemble members. The season opens on Thursday, September 22 with Gustav Holst’s celestial showpiece, The Planets. The piece has become one of the best known of all orchestral compositions due to its emotional scope and grandeur. The concert begins with Valerie Coleman’s anthem for unity, UMOJA. 

Grammy Award winning cellist Zuill Bailey is back! A long-time audience favorite in Columbia, Zuill is returning Tuesday, October 25. This time he’ll be playing the Dvorak, the greatest of all cello concertos! Opening the concert is Stravinsky’s charming Dumbarton Oaks Concerto and the evocative D’un matin de printemps by French composer, Lili Boulanger.

The season theme "Power and Empower" bursts to life Tuesday, November 29 with the arrival of fiery pianist Natasha Paremski playing Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. Paired with Brahms’ masterful Symphony No. 3, this evening is full of some of the most emotional music ever written.

The dreariness of winter is banished when superstar composer meets superstar pianist! In 2022 Awadagin Pratt performed the world premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s new piano concerto Roundswith the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. He will return to SC on Tuesday, February 7 to perform it in this all-American concert that also features Copland’s Appalachian Spring and the Symphony No. 1 by Columbia’s own Meira Warshauer. 

Always an audience favorite, the soloists and repertoire for our Tuesday, March 21 Rising Stars concert are winners of the University of South Carolina School of Music's October 2022 Concerto-Aria Competition.

The season boldly concludes with the energetic cantata Carmina Burana Thursday, April 20. Featuring over 200 performers, this will be a season finale not to be missed! Based on the 24 medieval poems of the same name, Carmina Burana explores life’s delights, unpredictability, and excesses. Opening the concert is an energetic new work by British composer Anna Clyne entitled Pivot.

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The 2022-2023 Season is on sale now!

Season subscriptions

Save with a season subscription (6 concerts) and enjoy the best seats in the house: $150.
Season discounts: $110 senior citizen / military / USC faculty and staff; $45 students.
Current subscribers may renew their subscriptions in person or online now.

Concert tickets

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General public - $30
Seniors / military / USC faculty and staff - $25
Children under 18 and non-USC students with ID - $8
USC Students - free with student ID  - must be picked up from the Koger Box Office (corner of Park and Greene) before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the performance or in the Koger Center lobby immediately prior to the performance.

TIP: Save internet fees by buying In person at the Koger Box Office, corner of Greene and Park Streets (M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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Upcoming Events

UofSC Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, Sep. 22, 2022

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: TBD

UofSC Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: TBD

Zuill Bailey Cello Masterclass

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022

Location: Darla Moore School of Business 101 - Johnson Performance Hall

Cost: FREE

UofSC Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Cost: TBD

USC Campus Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

Location: Darla Moore School of Business 101 - Johnson Performance Hall

Cost: Free

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