Art in the Music Library: A Visual Representation of Mahler’s 10th Symphony


Artist Tim Floyd next with his Mahler's Symphony No. 10 Triptych

Artist Tim Floyd with his Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 Triptych

In partnership with the Trenholm Artists Guild and the School of Music’s (SOM) Southern Exposure New Music Series, the Music Library is proud to be hosting an exhibit of the works of artist and USC alum Tim Floyd.

Floyd‘s work “Listen” was displayed last fall in the Onomatopoetic Exhibit in conjunction with the North American premiere of Jesse Jones‘ “In Dulcet Tones” as part of the SOM’s Cornelia Freeman Concert Series.  In addition to “Listen” six more of Floyd’s works are currently on display, including, most notably, his triptych inspired by Mahler’s 10th Symphony. This multi-canvas oil painting was created as a visual counterpart to the premiere of the Argento Chamber Ensemble‘s chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler’s 10th.

In his “Artist’s Statement” Floyd says that he was unfamiliar with Mahler’s 10th Symphony before beginning his work on these paintings, so he immersed himself in the music as well as the history of the man and the work in particular. Floyd writes, “While looking into this triptych, I hope you see Mahler’s baton and smell the air of a century ago. Although time may separate us, the human struggle is much the same. Man in need, expressing himself by filling the air with sounds or smearing oil and pigment on cloth.”

Classical Discrimination: Argento Chamber Ensemble, the first concert of Southern Exposure’s 2015-16 season, will be held in the SOM Recital Hall on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 7:30PM. Works performed will include Jesse Jones’ ABRAXAS and the chamber arrangement of Mahler’s 10th Symphony. Stay for a post-concert conversation with Argento. Admission is free.

Check out our Chalkboard! See the First Work in the Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series

Dreams Denote Success by Lee Breuer

Dreams Denote Success by Lee Breuer

As part of the Music Library’s growing collaboration with the Trenholm Artists Guild (TAG), we are thrilled to introduce a new series of original art works entitled The Music Library Trenholm Artists Guild Mural Series. As part of this series each semester a new original work will be created by a local artist on our stairwell chalkboard!

The series opening work, currently on display, was contributed by TAG member Lee Breuer and is entitled Dreams Denote Success. As a caption Breuer adds, “One must dream in order to achieve true success.” We are so excited to be hosting this one-of-a-kind work for the semester and hope you’ll stop by to see it in its entirety.

New Art from the Trenholm Artists Guild

Blues Piano by Lee Breuer

Blues Piano by Lee Breuer.

As part of our continuing partnership with the Trenholm Artists Guild, the Music Library is excited to have the art of West Columbia Artist, Lee Breuer, on display in the Music Library.

Breuer‘s influences are diverse, ranging from impressionists and post-impressionists Lautrec, Cezanne, and Van Gogh to the illustrations of Daumier and Dr. Seuss.

Six of his music themed works, including Blues Piano pictured to the left, can now be viewed near the Music Library entrance.

Additionally, he has created an original chalkboard work for us entitled “Dreams Denote Success.”

Art in the Library


Unleashed, Acrylic on Canvas, by J. Michael McGuirt

The Music Library is excited to be partnering with the Trenholm Artists Guild to bring works by local artists to the library on a regular basis. Currently we are displaying the works of J. Michael McGuirt. Displays will be changed several times a semester so stop by and enjoy the art!

Trick or treat: Show us how you use the new music library website and get Halloween candy

web_usabilityMiss trick or treating? Help us improve the new Music Library website and get some treats. Stop by the Music Library and inquire about web usability testing at the circulation desk. It’s quick and easy (about 10 minutes), it helps us make the website easier for you to use, and at the end you get to collect your sweet, sweet reward.

Welcome back music students and faculty!


We here at the Music Library would like to welcome you all back for the Fall Semester. We’ve been working hard all summer and there are a few new things we’d like you to know about as you start the school year.

You may have already noticed that we have a new website, which can be found at We hope you enjoy this updated version of our web presence. In addition to continuing to provide access to library materials and electronic resources, our new home page is the place to find out about new projects, services, and events here in the Music Library. You can also come here to discover our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress.

hawaiian nightingaleAdditionally, we have recently launched a new digital collection–The Tin Pan Alley Collection. This collection focuses on popular sheet music produced in New York from 1890-1922. The themes covered by these songs include love and relationships, World War I, exotic locales, and much, much more. Those who have an interest in commercial illustration won’t be disappointed as the illustrators represented here include Starmer, Barbelle, Rosenbaum Studios, André De Takacs, and Norman Rockwell amongst others. You can view this collection here or you can read a story about the genesis of the collection here.

mailboxFinally, late last spring we installed student mailboxes. If you’re a music student and you need to leave books, articles, music, etc. for another student this is a helpful delivery system for you to use. You’ll find the student mailboxes located at near the circulation desk, under the sign with a mailbox on it.

Again, welcome back music students and faculty–we look forward to helping you with your research needs in the coming school year!

Music Library welcomes Spark Collection

The Music Library is proud to announce the creation of its newest collection. Housed on new shelving against a brightly painted wall, the Spark Collection offers career advice to music majors.

“The Spark Collection is a carefully selected collection of books focusing on career development, wellness and innovation,” said Ana Dubjakovic, head of the Music Library, which is located on the second floor of the School of Music. “Its creation was a collaborative effort between School of Music Spark laboratory and the Music Library. Described as the Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory, Spark, whose work the collection supports, aims to ‘prepare music leaders for the 21st century’.”

The collection includes titles such as Making Music Your Business, The Savvy Musician, The Art of Music Publishing, Profiting from Your Music and Sound Projects, Music and Tourism, The Music Business Contract Library, Unbeatable Resumes, and Acing the Interview.

The collection is arranged in browsing order on the first floor of the Music Library.

“Some of the subjects, such as music education and cognition, practice tips and music industry, have traditionally been a part of most well-rounded music collections, but the addition of books with the focus on finance, career guides, marketing, business entrepreneurship, wellness and creative process is new,” she said. “The focus on personal finance and wellness is reflective of the Spark mission to engage music students on multiple levels. In addition to browsing, Spark Collection books can be found by searching the Library catalog.”

More information about the Spark Laboratory can be found at