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  • Choral Conducting Masterclass with Ann Howard Jones

    Well-known choral conductor and pedagogue Ann Howard Jones presents a masterclass for choral conducting students.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Music@RushHour: Music of Poland

    Piano and choral students team with USC's Polish Music Center to perform music by Chopin, Louis Lewandowski, Ignatz Waghalter, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Moritz Moszkowski, and more — with special guests from Kraków, the Polish Chamber Music Society. Relax and skip the traffic with a free concert of music by USC Thornton students, followed by complimentary refreshments.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Choral Literature Lecture with Ann Howard Jones

    Choral Luminary Ann Howard Jones presents a choral literature lecture on performing two works for chorus and orchestra, Verdi's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The lecture will take place in room 319 on the 3rd floor of the MUS building.

    Raubenheimer Music Faculty Building (MUS)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works at Carson Center. SPRING SCHEDULE: Thurs, Feb. 15 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Feb. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 1 at 8PM - Feat. ALAJE Thurs, Mar. 8 at 8PM Mon, Mar. 19 at 7:30PM Thurs, Mar. 22 at 8PM Thurs, Mar. 29 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo Thurs, Apr. 12 at 8PM - Feat. USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra Thurs, Apr. 19 at 8PM - Feat. CreSCendo Mon, Apr. 23 at 7:30PM

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

    Donald Crockett, chair of the Composition program, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Drum Day

    The USC Thornton Community Engagement Programs celebrates the diversity and universality of the percussion family of musical instruments. The day-long event will offer clinics, demonstrations, and participatory drumming sessions in a variety of different styles and traditions.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • LACMA Sundays Live featuring USC Thornton Classical Guitar Ensemble

    USC Thornton’s Classical Guitar Ensemble performs for the Sundays Live concert series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The concert will take place in the museum's Leo S. Bing Theater. Admission is free.

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

  • USC Thornton Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents an evening of original works written by students and featuring a string quartet.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • New Music@RushHour

    For this RushHour concert, Thornton students present modern works by Sciarrini, Stockhausen, and more! Relax and skip the traffic with a free rush hour concert by USC Thornton students, followed by complimentary refreshments.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Thornton Edge

    Donald Crockett leads the Thornton Edge new music group in a program of modern works for large ensemble, including a new concerto by Thornton DMA candidate Patrick O'Malley featuring alumna violinist Clara Kim.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

    Led by professors Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen, first-year Popular Music program students explore the foundations of their craft in this showcase event. POPULAR MUSIC SHOWCASES: First Year - Wed., Feb. 28 at 8PM - Tommy's Place Second Year - Fri., Mar. 2 at 8PM - Carson Center First Year - Wed., Apr. 25 at 8PM - Tommy's Place Second Year - Fri., Apr. 27 at 8PM - Carson Center Third Year - Sat., Apr. 28 at 7:30PM - Carson Center Senior Showcase - TBD

    Tommy's Place (TCC)

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    Jim Self artist in residence at Knoxville

    February 21, 2018

    Tuba player and USC Thornton faculty member Jim Self is currently serving as Artist in Residence at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, where he taught from 1969-75. In addition to serving as principal tuba with the Pacific and Pasadena Symphonies, as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and L.A. Opera Orchestra,… read more

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