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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  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a three-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Latin Pop Showcase

    Popular Music students showcase their skills in a variety of exciting Latin musical styles.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Classical Guitar Masterclass with Pepe Romero

    Classical guitar master and Thornton faculty member Pepe Romero offers an up-close glimpse into his renowned artistry in three masterclasses. Romero is the second son of "The Royal Family of the Guitar." His contributions to the field of classical guitar have inspired a number of distinguished composers to write works specifically for him, including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Rev. Francisco de Madina, Lorenzo Palomo, and Celedonio Romero. Please note that Pepe Romero's fall masterclasses have been rescheduled to the following times: Tuesday, November 28, 12:00 PM - Ramo Recital Hall Tuesday, November 28, 8:00 PM - Ramo Recital Hall Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 PM - MacDonald Recital Hall

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    Lisa Sylvester leads students in the Vocal Arts department in an evening of vocal works from across the centuries in collaboration with instrumental performers. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL EVENTS: Winds & Percussion Monday, November 27 at 4:30PM Vocal Arts Tuesday, November 28 at 5:30PM Strings Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30PM Strings Wednesday, November 29 at 5:00 & 7:30PM All events take place in Newman Recital Hall.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads students from the Strings department in two days of chamber works as part of this newly-revamped three-day festival. CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL EVENTS: Winds & Percussion Monday, November 27 at 4:30PM Vocal Arts Tuesday, November 28 at 5:30PM Strings Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30PM Strings Wednesday, November 29 at 5:00 & 7:30PM All events take place in Newman Recital Hall.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Classical Guitar Masterclass with Pepe Romero

    Classical guitar master and Thornton faculty member Pepe Romero offers an up-close glimpse into his renowned artistry in three masterclasses. Romero is the second son of "The Royal Family of the Guitar." His contributions to the field of classical guitar have inspired a number of distinguished composers to write works specifically for him, including Joaquín Rodrigo, Federico Moreno Torroba, Rev. Francisco de Madina, Lorenzo Palomo, and Celedonio Romero. Please note that Pepe Romero's fall masterclasses have been rescheduled to the following times: Tuesday, November 28, 12:00 PM - Ramo Recital Hall Tuesday, November 28, 8:00 PM - Ramo Recital Hall Wednesday, November 29, 7:00 PM - MacDonald Recital Hall

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • 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.

    Tommy's Place (TCC)

  • Classical Guitar Program Recital

    Students of USC Thornton’s renowned Classical Guitar department present an enthralling evening of chamber music for guitar.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Night featuring CreSCendo

    The CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Ensemble, led by Sara Gazarek, headlines this ongoing series of contemporary jazz. Please note that, due to the closure of Ground Zero Performance Café, this event has been relocated to Carson Center (CTV).

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Popular Music: Second-Year Showcase

    Sean Holt leads second-year Popular Music students in an evening showcase.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia: Noëls d’autrefois

    Rotem Gilbert leads the Baroque Sinfonia in music of the French Baroque, featuring works by Marc Antoine Charpentier and Jean Baptiste Lully.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Popular Music: Third-Year Showcase

    Third-year Popular Music students present original music written, arranged, and performed under the direction of professors Patrice Rushen and Richard Smith.

    Carson Center (CTV)

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