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The USC Thornton School of Music Announces Five Innovative Master’s Degree Programs

July 17, 2017

The USC Thornton School of Music, continuing to reimagine music education in the 21st century, is unveiling five innovative new master’s degree programs, in Arts Leadership, Community Music, Contemporary Teaching Practice, Music Industry, and Screen Scoring. Download the release here.


Midori Joins the Curtis Institute of Music Violin Faculty Beginning in the 2018-19 School Year

June 27, 2017

The Curtis Institute of Music welcomes celebrated violinist Midori to the faculty beginning in the 2018–19 school year. Midori comes to Curtis after 14 years on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music, where she was a distinguished professor, a department chair for eight years, and holder of the esteemed Jascha Heifetz Chair […]


USC Thornton Opera stages Berlioz’ “Béatrice et Bénédict”

April 10, 2017

USC Thornton’s celebrated Opera Program brings a new production of Hector Berlioz’ sparkling comedy, Béatrice et Bénédict, to the Los Angeles stage. In a contemporary twist, the opera, which is based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and originally set in 16th Century Italy, has been charmingly updated to the setting of a Southern California […]


New Space for Songwriters to Be Dedicated at USC Thornton

March 21, 2017

The USC Thornton School of Music has created its first-ever venue designed especially for songwriters. The Songwriter’s Theater, which will be inaugurated on March 24, involved an extensive renovation of a space in the lower level of The Music Complex on campus. Read the Press Release


Andrew Norman Wins Prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition

November 29, 2016

Andrew Norman (’02, MM ’04), USC Thornton School of Music alumnus and a member of the Composition faculty, has won the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. Norman received the honor for Play, a 45-minute orchestral piece originally commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2013. Download the Pres Release


A Fusion of Opera & Flamenco

October 21, 2016

This November, the USC Thornton Opera Program presents Osvaldo Golijov’s challenging, flamenco-inspired contemporary opera, “Ainadamar,” in three performances. Download the Press Release


Celebrating a Partnership: USC Thornton School of Music and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

October 11, 2016

USC Thornton and LACO celebrate their educational and performance partnership with a series of events throughout the 2016-17 season. Download the Press Release


Introducting the Maymester Study Abroad Program

October 5, 2016

The USC Thornton School of Music and the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are collaborating on a new program that will allow music and dance students to study in Paris this May. Download the full press release


Paul Jackson, Jr. named artist-in-residence after Garn family endows fund to bring visiting artists to USC Thornton School of Music

October 4, 2016

Noted guitarist, producer and composer Paul Jackson, Jr. has been named the first recipient of the Garn Family Contemporary Music Artist-in-Residence Endowed Fund established by Doug and Julie Garn, parents of a Popular Music alum. Download PDF


USC Thornton – Fall Concert Preview

September 9, 2016

The USC Thornton School of Music presents an exciting and diverse program of concerts including the USC Thornton Symphony’s theatrical performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, the annual New Music for Orchestra concert, the Opera Program’s presentation of Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ainadamar,” jazz tributes to Amy Winehouse and drummer Roy McCurdy, and more. Click here to view […]


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