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Commercial Music Combo
A co-curricular, small group comprised of elite members of the Commercial Music Program. This combo performs classic and contemporary pop music for recruiting events, school functions and engagements in the community. Students earn one (1) credit for MUSC 125. Stipends are available for all participating students. For more information contact Nolan Stolz at 864-503-5263.

Gospel Choir
The USC Upstate Gordon-Colloms Gospel Choir is open to any student interested in gospel music. The choir meets on a regular basis to rehearse and presents several performances each year. Students may earn academic credit by registering for SMUS 129. For more information, contact  Nolan Stolz at 864-503-5263.

Jazz Combo
The USC Upstate Jazz Combos are comprised of students both majoring in music or playing as a hobby. They perform concerts each semester and feature classic and contemporary jazz by artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington and Wayne Shorter. Students earn one (1) credit for MUSC 127/327. Stipends are available for all participating students. For more information contact Nolan Stolz at 864-503-5263.

Shoestring Players
The Shoestring Players theatre group presents several major productions each year, plus smaller presentations and original revues. Membership in the Players is open to all students interested in theatrical performance and production. For more information, contact Jimm Cox at 864-503-5697.

Upstate Vocal Ensemble 
The Upstate Vocal Ensemble (formerly Chamber Choir) is a select choral ensemble that performs  music of many genres (classical, jazz and pop) at many different venues both on and off campus. Membership is by audition only based on vocal ability and overall musicianship. Students earn one (1) credit for MUSC 132/332. Stipends are available for all participating students. For more information contact Nolan Stolz at 864-503-5263.

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Khrystal L. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students
& Director of Student Life

Doug Peters, M.Ed.     
Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs and Non-Traditional Student Services

Cory "Rudy" Taylor, M.Ed.
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John Montemayor, M.Ed.
Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life and Leadership Programs

Melissa Perry
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Office of Student Life
Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center, Room 210
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
(864) 503-5122
stulife@uscupstate.edu