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Commercial Music

Preparing STUDENTS for Successful Careers in Music

USC Upstate's Commercial Music program is an innovative, comprehensive course of study designed to prepare you for a variety of careers in the music industry. You will learn from faculty members who possess years of experience in vocal and instrumental performance, composition, and music technology. Your classes will help you develop core competencies in music, including performance, musicianship and theory, history, production and recording, and business and entrepreneurship.

Commercial Music Faculty


Dr. Nolan Stolz 
Associate Professor of Music


Dr. Griffin Woodworth 
Associate Professor of Music


Lance Bastian
Upstate Vocal Ensemble director


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  • The USC Upstate Commercial Music program offers four different tracks to help student launch their careers:

    • Performance
    • Composition
    • Singer-Songwriter
    • Music Technology

    Students can also minor in music

  • We are currently accepting students who wish to major on any instrument, voice type, or as a composer or singer-songwriter. Incoming students should schedule a live audition on campus in addition to submitting a USC Upstate application. Students unable to come to campus can contact us to make alternate arrangements.

    For your audition, please do the following:

    • Prepare two contrasting songs with accompaniment. You may bring your own accompaniment (live or pre-recorded) OR arrange to use our staff accompanist.
    • For instrumentalists: prepare a standard blues or jazz piece that allows you to demonstrate improvisation ability
    • Be prepared to play a major scale (two octaves for instrumentalists, one octave for singers)
    • Be prepared to sight-read a short passage of music

    Auditions for the fall semester are held in spring semester, and auditions for the spring semester are held in the fall semester.

    Please contact Dr. Griffin Woodworth at to schedule an audition.

  • Commercial Music Combo
    Playing everything from classic rock to contemporary pop, with a repertoire that changes each semester. Recent examples include Country, 1980s pop, Motown / soul, reggae, 1970s rock and pop, 1990s alternative rock, and heavy metal.

    Jazz Combo
    Small group jazz combos playing a mix of instrumental and vocal repertoire from standards to fusion.

    Upstate Vocal Ensemble
    Performing traditional music for mixed choir alongside pop, rock, jazz, and Broadway selections.

    Gospel Choir
    Performing traditional and contemporary praise music.

For more information or to schedule an audition contact Dr. Griffin Woodworth at