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Friends of the School of Music

Friends of the University of South Carolina School of Music have been helping students achieve their dreams since 1992. We invite you to join the inner circle of supporters and actively participate in shaping the School's future. The Friends show their support by providing music scholarships to students and supporting other needs of the School, encouraging community participation in musical events and by sponsoring special activities.

For 30 years, the Friends of the School of Music have raised more than three-quarters of a million dollars for scholarship support for students of the School of Music. The Musical Feast has been a staple each year to raise those funds.  

On Thursday evening, April 14, 2022, the entire Koger Center for the Arts showcased our students’ talent. Positioned in varied spaces throughout the Koger Center, from the mainstage to the lobby, our accomplished students brought music to our patrons who enjoyed food and drink as varied as the locations and the performances. 

The evening also featured Brandon Taylor, co-anchor of News19 This Morning at WLTX in Columbia, as master of ceremonies.

Proceeds fund scholarships for students of the School of Music. These scholarships make an incredible impact on our students’ academic lives and help them achieve their dreams of making a difference in the world through music. We hope you will join us for the 2023 Musical Feast on April 21! 

2022 Sponsors

Crescendo Circle

  • Garvin Design Group
  • RJ Samulski Family Foundation
  • Allison and Rick Sanford

Overture Circle

  • Karen Alexander-Banks and Kevin Banks
  • Christina and Emory Clark
  • Harriott Faucette
  • Steve and Annette Francis
  • Harriet Williams and Jerry Hagenmaier
  • Herndon Chevrolet
  • Judie Hoffman, MD
  • Thomas Hoffman, DMD
  • Hood Construction
  • Janney Montgomery Scott
  • Mike Kelly Law Firm 
  • Lexington Medical Center
  • Jeff and Bobbi McKeever
  • MUSC Health System
  • Mary and JP Parekh
  • Carol Perrin
  • Gloria Prevost
  • Rice Music House
  • David Sickinger
  • Krista Hampton and Charles Thompson


Friends help keep the music playing

Friends show their support for the continued growth and success of the UofSC School of Music by providing music scholarships to students, encouraging community participation in musical events and by sponsoring special activities.

By becoming a Friend, you benefit from a special relationship with the university. Since its inception, Friends have provided more than half a million dollars to outstanding students of music at UofSC.

Join us in our commitment to the dedicated and talented students and faculty of UofSC School of Music. Because of people like you, more students have more opportunities to become noted performers, composers and educators. Be a part of our vision for one of the foremost schools of music in the country.

As a Friend, you receive invitations to special events to meet guest artists and students, recognition in concert programs and the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to create the best musical experiences for our patrons and students alike. Friends enjoy the company of like-minded music enthusiasts and receive invitations to special events like the annual Musical Feast

Student/Educator - $25
Family - $50
Partner - $100 - $249
Contributor - $250 – $499
Patron - $500 - $999
Sustainer - $1,000 and above

Become a Friend


Scholarships are awarded annually by the Friends of the School of Music to worthy students currently enrolled at the School of Music.

2021–2022 Recipients

Melody Shaffer, oboe 

Henry King, clarinet

Ellis McLarty, cello

Giovanna Worley, tuba

Christina Grace Harding, voice

Cate Balsamo, flute

Matthew Chesnutt, voice

Julia Jacobsen, violin


For more information, contact the School of Music Office of Development

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