Ted Ancona

Adjunct Instructor

  • Program:
    Music Technology
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music


Ted Ancona is owner of Ancona Audio – Classical Music Recording & Broadcast Productions, and has been at USC as student, faculty, or staff since 1972. He was the first graduate of the USC Interdivisional Majors program in 1975 with a BA in Media Technology, and played bassoon in the Burbank Symphony from 1964-92.

Specializing in classical music recording, he has recorded the performing ensemble concerts at the USC Thornton School of Music since 1995, and he is Technical Director & Associate Producer of Thornton Center Stage on KUSC. He has taught Analog Synthesizer Techniques in the USC Electronic Music Program (1975-82), Recording Arts Workshop (1978-79), and Remote Recoding Techniques (2004-present).

As Audio Producer, he has engineered the Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts for national broadcast (1982-89), the LA Chamber Orchestra concerts & broadcasts (1982-present), LA Opera Live broadcasts (1986-present), Pacific Symphony live broadcasts (1992-present), Pasadena Symphony concerts & broadcasts (1994-present), and concerts of the Pacific Chorale (2006-present). He has produced CD releases for Delos and Yarlung records, and has been Technical Director of the live national radio broadcasts from the Los Angeles area for KUSC for the past 30 years.

His other interests include photography, car collecting, and aviation. A 1,000-hour private pilot in airplanes, gliders and hang-gliders, he flew at the first ever ultralight aircraft meet in 1977, participated in the Gossamer Albatross human-powered aircraft and Solar Challenger cross-English Channel flight projects, and in 1981 performed the first foot-launched (& landed) jet-powered hang-glider flight.

He also is a certificated Shellback, having crossed the equator on the World Campus Afloat Semester at Sea program in 1970, and whose first broadcast media production was a member of the kid’s Peanut Gallery on the Howdy Doody Show in 1955 at age 3.

Professional experience

Career Highlights:

  • Burbank Symphony 1965-92; USC Symphony 1972-73 (bassoon)

Recording Engineer:

  • LA Phil 1982-89
  • LA Chamber Orchestra 1982-present
  • Pacific Symphony 1992-present
  • Pasadena Symphony 1994-present

Music Festivals:

  • 1984 Olympic Arts Festival on KUSC
  • 1984-86 Ojai Festival on KUSC
  • 1986 New Music America Festival on KUSC


  • Philip Glass:  The Passion of Ramakrishna, Pacific Symphony
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff:  Vespers, Pacific Chorale


  • KUSC Audio LOGO

Research Interests:

Vintage tube electronics

Academic degrees

  • BA, Media Technology, USC, 1975

Other academic experience:

  • Lecturer, USC Electronic Music Studio, 1975-82;
  • USC Recording Arts Workshop, 1978-79;
  • Adjunct Instructor, Thornton Music Industry Remote Recording Class, 2004-present

Studied with:

Frederick Lesemann, Norman Herzberg