The composers on the USC Thornton faculty are outstanding members of the international musical community; major commissions, awards, recordings and residencies have been granted to all. Composition students, among the finest in the country, regularly win national awards and commissions, including ASCAP and BMI awards, New York Symphony Orchestra First Music commissions, Aspen fellowships, American Composers Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra reading sessions, among many others.
Performance opportunities for student composers are emphasized by the composition department, including the annual New Music for Orchestra concert, which has premiered over 200 USC Thornton student orchestral works; student compositions at Contemporary Music Ensemble concerts; and regular composition department student recitals, as well as reading and performance opportunities by the USC Thornton choruses, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and chamber music program.
Our department’s curriculum offers thorough training in composition, musicianship, theory, analysis, orchestration and counterpoint, with electives in electronic and computer music, all taught by active, professional composers. Students who successfully complete our BM degree are guaranteed acceptance into the graduate certificate program in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.