Keyboard Studies


The Keyboard Studies department seeks to enhance the artistic and technical development of aspiring pianists through comprehensive mentorship, study and performance of solo pianists and collaborative artists. Courses offered by the department include guidance in solo performance, keyboard literature, piano pedagogy, piano four-hands and duo repertoire, collaborative performance with singers and other instrumentalists and harpsichord. The faculty is among the nation’s most prominent. These acclaimed and devoted teachers are internationally regarded as soloists, recitalists, adjudicators and teachers of master classes and workshops. Although there is no provision for a major in piano pedagogy, faculty specialists offer students interested in teaching careers ample opportunity for intensive study in that field.

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Upcoming events

  • Faculty Recital: Sarah Gibson & HOCKET

    Composition faculty member Sarah Gibson presents HOCKET, a piano-duo collaboration with alumnus Thomas Kotcheff, in a program featuring two world premieres by Thornton composers. The program will feature the premiere of a new work by faculty composer Donald Crockett, music by Stephen Hartke, and more.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Faculty Recital: Antoinette Perry, Michele Zukovsky, James Walker & Ben Hong

    Pianist Antoinette Perry will be joined by faculty members Michele Zukovsky, clarinet, James Walker, flute, and Ben Hong, cello, in a wide-ranging chamber music recital. The program will include Beethoven's Bagatelles, Op. 119 for piano; Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Clarinet Sonata, Op. 28; Jon Kimura Parker's Pan Dreams for flute and piano; and Brahms' Clarinet Trio, Op. 114.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Beethoven Triple featuring Yo-Yo Ma and LACO

    USC Thornton and LACO present a collaborative performance featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Pianist, Keyboard Studies faculty member, and conductor Jeffrey Kahane leads the acclaimed ensemble in a performance of Brahms’ Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Pamela Frank. Also on the program, Kahane is joined by fellow USC Thornton faculty and LACO musicians, violinist Margaret Batjer and cellist Andrew Shulman, in Haydn’s Trio No. 39 in G major, “Gypsy.”

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

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    Jeffrey Kahane appointed music director of Sarasota Music Festival

    July 29, 2016

    Conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, a member of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty, has been appointed music director of the Sarasota Music Festival, a program of the Sarasota Orchestra. The annual festival, founded in 1965, welcomes international faculty artists and college-aged musicians for three weeks of orchestral and chamber… read more

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