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Popular Music students, alumni to perform at Universal CityWalk

August 6, 2014

The USC Thornton School of Music’s Popular Music Program will showcase multi-talented USC Thornton students and alumni Aug. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 5 Towers stage on Universal CityWalk. The free event, part of the Hollywood venue’s Music Spotlight Series, features performers representing a diverse selection of styles and musical genres, including […]


Glenn Dicterow, incoming USC Thornton faculty, to give final New York Philharmonic performances

June 24, 2014

Glenn Dicterow, incoming Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, will give his final performances as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic from June 24 through June 28, 2014, joining pianist Yefim Bronfman and Principal Cello Carter Brey for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto.   Download the […]


USC Thornton faculty, alumni to participate in Guitar Foundation of America convention

June 4, 2014

Faculty and alumni from the USC Thornton School of Music Classical Guitar program are among the invited guests and performers at the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Convention, which will take place June 20-25 at California State University, Fullerton.


USC to launch groundbreaking Arts Leadership program with event featuring Kronos Quartet

April 22, 2014

The University of Southern California will launch its new Arts Leadership Program (ARTL) on Thursday, April 24, with an evening lecture and performance by Kronos Quartet, one of the world’s most innovative performance ensembles. The group will join ARTL program director Kenneth Foster, former executive director of San Francisco’s acclaimed Yerba Buena Center for the […]


The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and University of Southern California announce affiliate partnership

April 15, 2014

The University of Southern California has been named the first official university affiliate of The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, it was announced today. This new partnership emerged out of a longstanding relationship with the USC Thornton School of Music. As a GRAMMY Museum university affiliate, USC will have access to GRAMMY Museum content for […]


USC Thornton and San Francisco Conservatory of Music represent United States at inaugural Asia-Pacific Music Summit

April 9, 2014

Two of the leading music schools from the West Coast, the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, represented the United States last week at the inaugural Asia-Pacific Music Summit. The four-day event took place April 2-5 in Sydney, Australia, and included leading music schools from Asia […]


Michael Tilson Thomas named Judge Widney Professor of Music

April 7, 2014

Michael Tilson Thomas, one of the world’s most prominent musicians and a two-time alumnus of the USC Thornton School of Music (’67 and MM ’76), has been named a Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC. The appointment, which takes effect in Fall 2015, will give USC Thornton students the chance to work directly with […]


USC Thornton alumni, faculty take home GRAMMY Awards

January 28, 2014

The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards further distinguished USC Thornton as one of the premiere music institutions in the world as three USC Thornton representatives were winners at the award ceremony, while various others received GRAMMY nominations. USC Thornton alumnus Herb Alpert received his ninth GRAMMY, this time in the “Best Pop Instrumental Album” category for […]


USC Thornton Faculty and Alumni Receive GRAMMY Nominations

January 10, 2014

USC Thornton alumni and faculty have garnered six nominations for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards in categories ranging from Instrumental Composition to Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. These Thornton-affiliated nominees represent the finest performances and productions over the past year. Nominees include: Thornton alumnus Herb Alpert, who received his ninth GRAMMY nomination this year in the […]


Robert Cutietta Releases Second Edition of Highly-Praised Book, “Raising Musical Kids”

December 11, 2013

Robert Cutietta, dean of the USC Thornton School of Music releases the second edition of his book, “Raising Musical Kids: A Guide for Parents.” Cutietta’s book will provide readers a unique insight into the challenges, joys, and importance of getting the best possible music education for children. According to Academy Award-winning composer John Williams, “Raising Musical Kids” […]


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