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Internationally recognized for its long tradition of excellence in vocal and operatic training, the USC Thornton Vocal Arts department emphasizes the development of secure vocal technique, artistry in the interpretation of a richly varied, representative repertoire, perfection of diction in English and foreign languages and frequent solo and ensemble performance. Alumni have been named finalists and winners of prestigious competitions, and many currently work as recitalists, members of opera companies and voice faculties in both the United States, we well as abroad. Opportunities for enriched experiences are offered through weekly student recitals, workshops and master classes with visiting artist-teachers and resident faculty.

The USC Thornton Opera is an integral part of the Vocal Arts department, providing career development opportunities for singers, coaches, pianists, conductors and directors. The program includes instruction in opera history and literature, coaching techniques, stage direction, body movement for singers, stage training, role study and analysis. The opera workshop is a repertory experience involving preparation and performance of operatic works and excerpts for performance both on and off the USC campus. For more information, visit the USC Thornton Opera Program homepage.

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Cynthia Munzer speaks to KABC about her battle with lung cancer

June 11, 2015

Cynthia Munzer

Operatic mezzo-soprano Cynthia Munzer, who teaches on the USC Thornton Vocal Arts and Opera faculty, was recently interviewed by KABC-TV Eyewitness News about her 2013 lung cancer diagnosis and her path to recovery. Munzer underwent surgery to remove part of her lungs – and today Munzer works on behalf of… read more

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