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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
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Apollo Men's Chorus

Apollo Men’s Chorus releases new album

February 9, 2016

The USC Thornton Apollo Men’s Chorus released an album in December, commemorating the ensemble’s growth and success from 2013 to 2015. In the fall of 2013, the group consisted of just 12 artists, including former conductor Karsten Longhurst. Today, the ensemble has grown to over 50 singers and has become… read more

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