Scholarly and Professional Studies

USC Thornton Scholarly and Professional Studies Division encompasses commitments to scholarly studies and professional music performance.

The strong programs of study that this division supports, together with interdisciplinary partnerships between academics and performance, provide the best kind of professional preparation in today’s complex cultural settings.

The key attributes of the division:

  • An environment in which innovation is constant, resilience trumps stability, and where personal creativity, courage, and a sense of possibility are the keys to success
  • Interdisciplinary partnerships coupled with resources available from one of the top research universities in the country
  • The most relevant and effective professional preparation to create leaders in today’s complex cultural settings

“Welcome to all considering a connection to the Scholarly and Professional Studies Division. If you are interested in one or more of the outstanding programs in this Division, I hope you will contact us for more information about how your studies might be supported by work here.”

Peter Webster
Vice Dean
Scholarly and Professional Studies
event calendar

Upcoming events

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  • Classical Guitar Masterclass with Paul O'Dette

    Renowned lutenist, conductor, and musicologist Paul O'Dette visits USC Thornton for a masterclass in classical guitar performance. From 12-1PM, O'Dette will present a lecture on "Performing Back on the Guitar: Separating Historical Performance Practice from Modern Mythology." From 1:15-4PM, O'Dette will lead a Classical Guitar Masterclass featuring works by Dowland, Bach, Zamboni, and Scarlatti.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: Songs & Dances

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the Wind Ensemble in a program of songs and dances, with guest pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald. This concert begins with William Schuman's George Washington Bridge, followed by Gordon Jacob's settings of British folk songs, Old Wine in New Bottles, Leslie Bassett's Lullaby for Kirsten, and Roberto Sierra's “Tumbao” from Sinfonía No. 3, “La Salsa." In the second half, USC Thornton faculty member and pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald joins the ensemble for Ernst Von Dohnányi's Variations on a Nursery Song, followed by Robert Russell Bennett & Nikos Skalkottas's lively Five American and Greek Dances.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Apollo Men's Chorus & Oriana Women's Choir: Tapestry of Song

    The Oriana Women's Choir and Apollo Men's Chorus come together for an evening of exciting choral music by Casals, Ives, Copland, and more.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program: Mock Orchestral Audition

    The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO)-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program presents the Mock Orchestral Audition, providing the hands-on experience of a professional orchestra audition. True to the professional process, selected USC Thornton Strings students will play orchestral excerpts behind a screen for a panel of adjudicators including LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer, associate principal violist Victoria Miskolczy, and principal cellist Andrew Shulman. At the conclusion of the audition, a special award may be given to an exceptional student at the discretion of the judges, giving them an opportunity to be mentored by a LACO principal musician and to perform as a substitute player during one week of the orchestra's 2016-17 concert season.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra tribute to Drummer Roy McCurdy

    Bob Minzter leads the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra in a tribute to legendary drummer and USC Thornton faculty member Roy McCurdy, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Roy McCurdy has enjoyed an illustrious career, performing with Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, and Benny Golson. This USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra tribute concert will feature arrangements of signature tunes associated with McCurdy's tenure, arranged by Jazz Studies students and his long-time collaborators. Following the concert, music director Bob Mintzer will host a Q&A with McCurdy.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Music@RushHour: Solo Piano, Studio of Antoinette Perry

    Keyboard Studies students of Antoinette Perry will present works for solo piano in this week’s Music@RushHour performance. Skip the traffic and enjoy an hour of extraordinary USC Thornton talent with Music@RushHour. After the concert, stick around for free refreshments!

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Jazz Night featuring Jazz Honors Combo

    Jason Goldman and the Jazz Honors Combo celebrate noted trumpeter, composer and alumnus John Daversa (DMA ’09, jazz), in a tribute to his music.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • PopFest

    Over 20 acts take the stage in this mini-festival featuring student bands, singer-songwriters and DJs from the Thornton Division of Contemporary Music.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Music@RushHour: Vocal Chamber Music

    Celebrate Music@RushHour with the talents of USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera students. Skip the traffic and enjoy an hour of extraordinary USC Thornton talent with Music@RushHour. After the concert, stick around for free refreshments!

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Thornton Edge

    The Thornton Edge new music ensemble presents a major work by Julian Anderson, Van Gogh Blue, and a world premiere by USC Thornton student Daniel Temkin.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • New Jazz Showcase

    USC Thornton presents an evening showcasing the new jazz sound evolving at USC Thornton, featuring original tunes written, arranged, and performed by students.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra in works in which composers wrestle with profound emotions: Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 and Haydn’s lesser-known Symphony No. 49 in F minor "La passion."

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

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    KUSC’s “Arts Alive” features Thornton’s Community Engagement Program

    October 19, 2016

    Classical KUSC’s “Arts Alive” radio program recently caught up with students of the USC Thornton Community Engagement Program as they taught music to Los Angeles elementary school children. Host Laura Ornest interviewed several USC undergraduate students and their enthusiastic young pupils at Vermont Elementary in University Park, along with Susan… read more

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