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USC Thornton Unveils a New Degree in Music Production

August 4, 2015

As a complement to its highly successful 5- year-old Popular Music major and its redesigned Music Industry degree program, the USC Thornton School of Music Division of Contemporary Music announced a new bachelor’s degree in Music Production that encompasses the creative, technical and business aspects of professional music. View the Press Release


Music Graduate Stefani Feldman Among Four USC Seniors to Receive Fulbright Grants

May 8, 2015

Stefani Feldman will graduate from USC with a bachelor’s degree in music (performance clarinet) from the USC Thornton School of Music. Feldman has studied in Oslo, Norway, and British Columbia, Canada. She received a special invitation to play in the clarinet section of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra for one concert. As a Fulbright student, Feldman […]


USC Thornton School of Music to Host Two-Day Event on Musician’s Health and Wellness

April 16, 2015

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music will host seminars as part of the Musician’s Wellness Initiative on April 16 and 17 on USC’s University Park campus. The events, focused on vocal health and hearing wellness, includes lectures by doctors from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Download the Press Release


USC Arts Leadership Program, in Collaboration with Visions and Voices, Hosts Leadership Symposium

April 16, 2015

The USC Arts Leadership Program will host a free two-day leadership symposium event featuring a performance by spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and a writing and performance workshop, also with Mr. Joseph. The symposium culminates in a conversation, hosted by Kenneth Foster, Director of the USC Arts Leadership Program with arts leaders from Los Angeles […]


Measures & Frames: What Happens When Music and Images Merge?

March 28, 2015

On Saturday, March 28, the University of Southern California hosts an event that pairs visionary contemporary composers with avant-garde filmmakers. Contemporary composers—Thomas Adès, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Jeffrey Holmes, Veronika Krausas and Marek Zebrowski—and filmmakers—David Lynch, Michael Patterson, Candace Reckinger and Agnès Varda—in a live collaboration, creating visual music, an emerging multidisciplinary genre. Works will be performed […]


Piatigorsky International Cello Festival Returns to Los Angeles in 2016

March 24, 2015

The USC Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will present the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in May 2016. The Piatigorsky Festival is now established as a 10-day extravaganza open to the public that in 2016 will showcase 26 international artists representing 15 countries […]


Distinguished Professor of Composition Stephen Hartke to Retire, Become Professor Emeritus

March 19, 2015

USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Stephen Hartke will retire after nearly three decades at the USC Thornton School of Music. He has been designated USC Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Composition and will return to USC Thornton this fall for a series of residencies, continuing to work with graduate composition students. Download the Press Release


Legal and Music Experts Discuss the “Blurred Lines” Infringement Case

March 11, 2015

Paul Young, director of the USC Thornton School’s Music Industry Minors program, has contributed to discussions of how Marvin Gaye/Robin Thicke case could “put a new cop in the head of every future songwriter.” Young used to negotiate sound recording sample uses for Universal Music Group. He is available to discuss how the “Blurred Lines” […]


Michael Tilson Thomas to Receive Honorary Degree at 132nd USC Commencement Ceremony

February 25, 2015

Six individuals will receive honorary degrees during USC’s 132nd commencement ceremony on May 15, 2015, in recognition of their contributions as civic, academic and arts leaders. Michael Tilson Thomas, an award-winning conductor, pianist, composer and Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC, will receive an honorary degree. Thomas has won numerous Grammy Awards. In 2009, […]


The Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar to move to USC in July, 2015

February 5, 2015

The League of American Orchestras and the University of Southern California have established a new strategic partnership to develop future orchestra leaders. The League, in association with USC’s Arts Leadership program (ARTL), will present Essentials of Orchestra Management in Los Angeles for the first time, from July 7-16, 2015. Essentials has previously been presented by […]


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