Bryson Borgstedt

‘I believe that returning to USC at this point in my life feels like coming full circle in the very best way! Having the opportunity to share, teach and mentor young musicians at the School of Music is a delight and provides a way of paying forward the attention, care and instruction I received on this campus over thirty years ago.’

Born in Charleston and raised in Columbia, Bryson Borgstedt left the state in 1983 for New York to become a member of the United States Military Academy Band Jazz Knights at West Point, N.Y. During his tenure there, he freelanced in the Tri-State area and also taught at Nyack College. Since his return to South Carolina in 2003, he taught at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C. for five years as Artist-in-Residence and Director of Jazz and three years at Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

Performing for more than forty-five years and teaching for over forty, Mr. Borgstedt has performed with many wonderful and accomplished musicians while remaining committed to his love of teaching. He lives in Columbia, SC with his wife Jane. They wish they could see their children more often, but they have grown up and remain where the snow falls freely.
Performance Highlights
Natalie Cole ‘ Michael Feinstein ‘ The Manhattan Transfer ‘ The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra ‘ Josh Groban ‘ Aretha Franklin ‘ Nancy Wilson ‘ Debby Boone with John Oddo ‘ Lynn Roberts with Bob Alberti ‘ Patti Austin ‘ The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra ‘ Ken Peplowski ‘ The South Carolina Philharmonic ‘ Clare Fischer ‘ The Augusta Symphony ‘ Louie Bellson ‘ Ron Westray ‘ Wycliffe Gordon ‘ Guy Hovis & Ralna English ‘ Kevin Mahogany ‘ The Traveling Broadway Production of Chicago ‘ Recorded for John Valerio’s Post-Bop Jazz Piano and Latin Jazz Piano published by Hal Leonard ‘ Morton Gould ‘ Manny Albam ‘ The Nick Hilscher Orchestra ‘ Jim Walker ‘ Pete Yellin ‘ Bill Crow ‘ Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison ‘ James Williams ‘ Roswell Rudd ‘ Marc Copland ‘ Doug Lawrence ‘ Andy Fusco ‘ Phil Markowitz ‘ Steve Gilmore ‘ Lynn Seaton ‘ Vincent Herring ‘ James Commack ‘ James Carter ‘ John Pizzarelli ‘ Jeff Jarvis ‘ Dennis Mackrel ‘ Chris Valdala ‘ Emil Richards ‘ Steve Houghton ‘ Drew Gress ‘ John Riley ‘ Bryon Stripling ‘ Tony Kadleck ‘ Bob Hope ‘ Red Skelton ‘ Redd Foxx ‘ Bob Newhart ‘ Milton Berle ‘ Martha Reeves ‘ Ben E. King ‘ The Spinners ‘ The Temptations ‘ Dave Ruffin ‘ Brenda Lee ‘ The Manhattans ‘ The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra ‘ The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ‘ Ray McKinley ‘ The Hudson Valley Symphony Orchestra ‘ Denver and the Mile High Orchestra ‘ Ed Xiques ‘ James Chirillo ‘ Scott Whitfield ‘ Joe Alessi

B.M., University of South Carolina 1978 (Multiple Woodwinds Performance)
M.M., University of South Carolina 1984 (Commercial Music and Jazz Performance)