Early Music Performance


Over the past several decades, the performance of early music has undergone a remarkable transformation. What was once a highly specialized activity is now a major facet of professional music making, garnering the attention of an ever-growing, international audience. Specialists in early music are consistently involved in a dynamic range of activities, including solo and ensemble performance, research and writing, program planning, preparation of performing editions and historically-informed arrangements, and ensemble direction and teaching. USC Thornton’s graduate degree programs in Early Music Performance immerse students in all facets of the profession, ensuring that graduates possess ample knowledge and expertise to launch their own careers in early music anywhere in the world. Students in the Early Music program rehearse 6-8 hours per week, perform in 4-6 ensemble programs per year, and collaborate in student recitals. In addition to the core curriculum, they take courses in performance practice topics and musicology and pursue individual research. They are also encouraged to perform in the professional early music community.

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  • USC Collegium Workshop: The Songbook of Anna of Cologne

    Adam Gilbert leads the Collegium Workshop in The Songbook of Anna of Cologne, a testimonial to the spiritual life of the German Rhineland in the Late Middle Ages. The program features German songs of devotion collected by Anna of Cologne, a follower of the “Modern Devotion” religious movement, around 1500 AD.

    United University Church (UUC)

  • Baroque Sinfonia: Music of Hieronymus & Michael Praetorius

    The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, led by Rotem Gilbert, presents a program of German sacred music by Hieronymus Praetorius and rousing dances from Michael Praetorius’s Terpsichore.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

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    Brian Asawa

    Remembering Brian Asawa

    April 20, 2016

    Brian Asawa, a celebrated countertenor and non-degreed alumnus, died on April 18. He was 49. Asawa’s international career was studded with “firsts” — he was the first countertenor to be named Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, win Seattle Opera’s Artist of the Year Award, earn… read more

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