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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  • Jazz Night featuring ALAJE

    ALAJE, the USC Thornton Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble led by Aaron Serfaty, headlines this ongoing series featuring USC Thornton student jazz ensembles.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Concerto Night

    Guest conductor David Lockington leads the USC Thornton Symphony in Concerto Night, featuring outstanding student soloists on clarinet, cello, and piano. Yasmina Spiegelberg performs Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A minor (K.622), Gabriel Martins performs Hindemith's Violoncello Concerto, and Vijay Venkatesh performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58. This concert will be live-streamed to the USC Thornton website on Friday, February 24th. Visit music.usc.edu/livestream

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

    Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in this showcase, focusing on stylistic nuance, groove, and ensemble technique.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Drum Day — Canceled

    This event has been canceled. For further details, please contact the Thornton Community Engagement office: outreach@thornton.usc.edu

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Electro-Acoustic Showcase

    The Composition department presents the annual electro-acoustic showcase, led by DMA student Eric Pham, featuring works by student composers that combine electronic instruments and signal processing with acoustic instruments

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, presents an evening of standards and original compositions.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Musician's Wellness Initiative: Practicing Presence Through Play

    Facilitator John Fitzgerald explores the power of rhythm and ‘play’ in pursuit of mindfulness.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Thornton Edge

    Thornton Edge presents a program of works by Stephen Hartke, Barbara White, and Magnus Lindberg, as well as Jeffrey Holmes' virtuosic microtonal work for nine players, Hagall. Composition chair Donald Crockett conducts. PROGRAM: Gradūs (1999) by Stephen Hartke (b. 1952) Nick Davies, clarinet Richard An, piano Ethan Ahmad, percussion Mann-Wen Lo, violin Peter Myers, cello Rebecca Lawrence, bass Learning to See (2000) by Barbara White (b.1965) Elissa Brown, flute Frederik von Wurden, clarinet Richard An, piano Ethan Ahmad, percussion Mann-Wen Lo, violin Peter Myers, cello Ablauf (1983) by Magnus Lindberg (1958) Nick Davies, clarinet Tyler Eschendal and Ethan Ahmad, percussion Hagall (2015) by Jeffrey Holmes Emma McCartney, flute Theodosia Roussos, oboe Sérgio Coelho, e flat clarinet Taylor Eiffert, contra clarinet Weston Mccall, horn Tyler Eschendal and Thomas Kolakowski, percussion Ali Can Puskulcu, violin Diana Wade, viola Peter Myers, cello Rebecca Lawrence, bass Free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served, and RSVPs are not available.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Popular Music: First-Year Showcase

    Led by professors Andy Abad and Patrice Rushen, first-year Popular Music program students explore the foundations of their craft in this showcase.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's Jazz Studies department present an evening of contemporary jazz as part of an ongoing series.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • Griot! African and European Improvisations with Jalli Lamin Kuyateh and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia

    African musician Jalli Lamin Kuyateh joins music director Adam Gilbert and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia for a fascinating meeting of musical styles, time periods, and instruments. The improvisational concert will blend Gambian and Baroque songs to create a riveting fusion of African griot and Euro-Baroque music. Kuyateh stands in a long tradition of Gambian bards, performing the African gourd harp (or kora) while singing birimintingo and kumbengo, improvised songs and stories that tell history, sing in praise and love, and offer sage advice. Kuyateh lives in the Netherlands, where he blends traditional and modern African music to collaborate with European ensembles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Popular Music: Senior Showcase

    The senior class of Thornton's Popular Music program returns to the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood for this annual showcase.

    The Troubadour Club

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    News

    Alumnus Richard Brown joins Warner/Chappell Music as forensic musicologist

    February 6, 2017

    USC Thornton alumnus Richard Brown (MA ’07, music history & literature, PhD ’12, musicology) has recently accepted a position with Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. as manager and in-house forensic musicologist of the Infringement Compliance Unit. Warner/Chappell Music will utilize Brown’s expertise to assist the label’s legal team in fielding copyright infringement… read more

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