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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Upcoming events

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  • Classical Guitar Masterclass with Zoran Dukić - Cancelled

    Please note that this event has been cancelled.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Forging "The Knife" – Kurt Weill Before Broadway

    Forging “The Knife” explores the roots of Kurt Weill in a performance and conversation with violinist Daniel Hope and pianist and USC Thornton professor Jeffrey Kahane, who will share insights on Weill's compositions, life, and career. Musicians from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Thornton faculty, and students will join Hope and Kahane in a performance featuring Weill's major chamber works and excerpts from Little Threepenny Music. The ensemble will also perform Gideon Klein's String Trio, which was composed in the Terezin concentration camp shortly before Klein was deported to Auschwitz. This concert is presented as part of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Lift Every Voice project, a three-week event series inspired by the lives and legacies of the courageous émigrés Kurt Weill and Rabbi Joachim Prinz, who were outspoken activists in America's Civil Rights Movement. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • “Hopscotch” in Concert

    USC celebrates Hopscotch, the world's first mobile opera and one of the most talked-about cultural events of 2015, with a live performance of songs from the groundbreaking work, marking the release of the official cast recording and interactive website. Organized by Sasha Anawalt, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Hosted by Yuval Sharon, artistic director of The Industry, the concert will feature music by composers Veronika Krausas, Mark Lowenstein, Andrew McIntosh, Andrew Norman, Ellen Reid, and David Rosenboom, followed by a post-show reception with members of the creative team, renowned arts journalists, and many of the 20+ Thornton students, faculty, and alumni who were involved in the internationally acclaimed project. A pre-concert discussion at 4:00 PM, What Does Hopscotch Sound Like?, in Wallis Annenberg Hall, Room L105A, will feature a panel including composer and USC Thornton faculty member Veronika Krausas, composer Marc Lowenstein, director Yuval Sharon, and arts journalist Mark Swed. Sasha Anawalt of the USC Annenberg School of Communication will moderate. 4:00 PM - Pre-Concert Discussion, What Does Hopscotch Sound Like? - Wallis Annenberg Hall, Room L105A 7:30 PM - Hopscotch in Concert - Newman Recital Hall Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Faculty Recital with Jason Yoshida

    Jason Yoshida, a specialist in historical guitar, theorbo, and lute performance, presents a recital of Baroque works by Corbetta, DeVisee, Sanz, De Murcia, Lambert, and Kapsberger.

    USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

  • USC Thornton Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall

    Returning to Walt Disney Concert Hall, maestro Carl St.Clair and the USC Thornton Symphony are joined by Keyboard Studies faculty members Bernadene Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald for an afternoon of Mozart and Strauss. Blaha and Fitz-Gerald will be featured in Mozart’s artful Piano Concerto No. 10, K.365, for two pianos. In the second half of the program, the ensemble will perform Richard Strauss’s spectacular Alpine Symphony, Op. 64. Program: W. A. Mozart – Concerto, 2 Pianos, No.10, K.365 (316a), E-flat major Richard Strauss – Eine Alpensinfonie, TrV 233, op.64 (Alpine Symphony) Tickets are available exclusively through the LA Phil box office at www.laphil.com/tickets or by calling (323) 850-2000.

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • Free Screening: “Composed”

    Explore the realities of performance anxiety confronted by every musician in this documentary screening and Q&A featuring director John Beder. Presented by the USC Thornton Health & Wellness Committee.

    Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Opera Scenes

    The singing actors of the USC Thornton Opera program present an exciting and wide-ranging selection of excerpts from grand opera to operetta.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Music Career Night: Turning Career Failures into Success

    USC Thornton Board of Councilors and the Office of Alumni Relations present the sixth annual Music Career Night: Turning Career Failures into Success, moderated by Board of Councilors members, who will lead mid-career music industry professionals in a robust discussion on the importance of pushing past failures to grow and achieve success in your music career.

    Tutor Campus Center (TCC)

  • Cello Masterclass with Steven Isserlis

    Celebrated British cellist Steven Isserlis, in Los Angeles for appearances with the LA Phil, presents a masterclass in cello performance.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Wind Ensemble: New & Old, Old & New

    H. Robert Reynolds and Sharon Lavery lead the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble in a performance that looks to the past and future in equal measure, featuring an eclectic program that includes Adam Silverman’s Hard Knocks, Wallingford Riegger’s Music for Brass, Op. 45, Carl Reinecke’s Octet, Morton Gould’s “Marches” from West Point Symphony, and Thornton Composition student Ryan Lindveit’s Like an Altar with Nine Thousand Robot Attendants. Program: Adam Silverman – Hard Knocks Wallingford Riegger – Music for Brass, Op. 45 Ryan Lindveit – Like an Altar with Nine Thousand Robot Attendants Carl Reinecke – Octet Morton Gould – “Marches” from West Point Symphony

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Jazz Night featuring the USC Thornton Concert Jazz Orchestra

    Jason Goldman leads the Concert Jazz Orchestra in their popular Video Game Concert, featuring original musical arrangements from some of the most well-known and loved video games.

    Ground Zero Performance Cafe (TRO)

  • Faculty Recital with David Howard and Shawn Mouser

    Renowned Winds & Percussion faculty members David Howard, clarinet, and Shawn Mouser, bassoon, collaborate in a joint recital featuring the Sextet for Winds by Beethoven and the Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon by Francis Poulenc. Program: Ludwig van Beethoven - Sextet for Winds Francis Poulenc - Sonanta for Clarinet and Bassoon

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

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    USC Thornton faculty and musicians attending music education camp in Brazil

    January 17, 2017

    USC Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta is currently attending GLOMUS, a gathering of international music and arts education professionals in Natal, Brazil, along with several Thornton students and faculty. The biennial event, which is hosted by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, aims to “create a forum for intercultural… read more

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