Thornton Facts

USC Thornton School of Music

  • Oldest continually operating cultural institution in Los Angeles
  • Presenter of over 500 concerts annually
  • The only music school with a weekly radio broadcast, Thornton Center Stage, heard regularly in a major media market
  • Number of students: 1072
  • Number of undergraduate students: 627
  • Number of graduate students: 445
    • Master’s degree program: 199
    • Doctoral degree program: 172
    • Graduate certificate and artist diploma: 74
  • Geographic representation: over 40 countries
  • Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
  • Programs of study:
    • 16 undergraduate majors
    • 5 minors
    • 18 master’s degrees
    • 2 certificate programs
    • 6 doctor of musical arts programs
    • 1 doctor of philosophy program
  • More than 20% of the members of the L.A. Philharmonic are Thornton alumni and/or faculty members, including principal chairs for cello, violin, bass, viola, flute and harp
  • Approximately 20% of the members of the L.A. Chamber Orchestra are also associated with the School