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About Thornton

Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts Masterclass Series

In the fall of 2008, the USC Thornton School of Music was awarded a generous grant from the Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts for the purpose of establishing a new Masterclass Series.

Co-directed by Midori Goto, chair of the Strings department, and Vocal Arts professor Rod Gilfry, the masterclass series includes both strings and vocal events each semester. Free and open to the community, each masterclass presents a unique opportunity for students to interact with renowned visiting musicians who will provide discussions on a wide range of topics pertaining to artistic and career development.

“This series allows us to showcase the world-class artists that are regularly engaged with the School, as well as the many extraordinary opportunities available to our students,” said Midori. A world-renowned concert and recording artist, Midori became the Thornton School’s Strings department chair in the fall of 2007. She has launched several new initiatives with the goal of deepening the educational experience of the students at Thornton.

Rod Gilfry joined the USC Thornton faculty in fall 2008 as an Associate Professor of Vocal Arts and Opera. Best-known as an opera singer, he is equally acclaimed as a recitalist and concert artist. His depth of professional and artistic opera experiences will provide a dynamic perspective for the new masterclass series.

Founded in 1979, the Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts consists of individuals and firms, and conducts activities designed to provide financial support to arts organizations in southern California.

All venues are on USC’s University Park Campus, and events are free and open to the community.