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About Thornton

Thornton Signature Programs

To complement the work of its students and faculty, the USC Thornton School of Music has developed many initiatives, seminars and other programs that are unique in the field of music education. Covering subjects as diverse as cello performance and pedagogy, overall career development, market research in the music industry and the history and scope of Polish music, the signature programs reinforce the USC Thornton School’s leadership position among American schools of music.

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The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival is coming soon! The Festival, presented by the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, is a 10-day cello extravaganza showcasing 25 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents. Last held in March 2012, the Festival will take place again from May 13 through May 22, 2016 in Los Angeles.
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Co-directed by Midori, chair of the Strings department, and Vocal Arts professor Rod Gilfry, the masterclass series is free and open to the community. Each masterclass presents a unique opportunity for students to interact with renowned visiting musicians on a wide range of topics.
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The USC Thornton School of Music is the only college music school with a regularly broadcast radio program heard in a major media market. Thornton Center Stage is hosted by Alan Chapman and heard on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on Classical KUSC 91.5 FM.
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USC recently announced the creation of the USC International Artists, a graduate fellowship for promising artists from across the Pacific Rim and key emerging societies of the world. The USC International Artists Fellowship will allow emerging artists to work with the university’s internationally acclaimed faculty in any of USC’s five preeminent arts schools—Architecture, Cinematic Arts, Fine Arts, Music and Theater, along with the Fisher Museum where historic, modern and contemporary art is on display.