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Upcoming events

  • Choral Conducting Masterclass with Rod Eichenberger

    Rod Eichenberger presents a choral conducting masterclass to the students of USC Thornton. A professor emeritus at Florida State University and former USC Thornton faculty member, Eichenberger has conducted 80 US All-State Choirs and guest-conducted or lectured at more than 85 US, Australian and New Zealand Universities.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Jazz Forum with USC Thornton Faculty Jazz Quartet

    The USC Thornton faculty quartet, comprised of Alan Pasqua, Darek Oles, Bob Mintzer, and Roy McCurdy, lead students in a jazz forum. Location: The Music Complex G128

    The Music Complex (TMC)

  • Choral Development Lecture: Rhythmic Function in Music

    Rod Eichenberger presents a choral music lecture on rhythmic function in music. A professor emeritus at Florida State University and former USC Thornton faculty member, Eichenberger has conducted 80 US All-State Choirs and guest-conducted or lectured at more than 85 US, Australian and New Zealand Universities. Location: MUS 319

    Raubenheimer Music Faculty Building (MUS)

  • Choral Conducting Masterclass with Rod Eichenberger

    Rod Eichenberger presents a choral conducting masterclass to the students of USC Thornton. A professor emeritus at Florida State University and former USC Thornton faculty member, Eichenberger has conducted 80 US All-State Choirs and guest-conducted or lectured at more than 85 US, Australian and New Zealand Universities.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Shostakovich's 10th Symphony

    Carl St.Clair opens the fall 2019 semester of events by leading the USC Thornton Symphony in an all-Shostakovich concert, featuring Festive Overture and the composer's Symphony No. 10. Premiered by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra in December 1953, many historians believe Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10 is a portrait of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and relevant today as a characterization of dictatorship in general.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Percussion Masterclass with David Moliner Andrés

    Percussion soloist David Moliner Andrés presents a masterclass and recital. The native of Spain, who is also a multi-faceted artist and composer, has performed recitals across Europe with acclaimed musicians in several of the continent’s most iconic concert halls. He describes the style of his compositions as the exploitation of drama. Andrés is professor of Dramatic Art applied to the soloist performance at Centro Superior Katarina Gurska of Madrid and professor of composition at Centro Superior Progreso Musical Madrid.

    Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall (AES)

  • Jazz Forum with Bennie Maupin

    Iconic clarinetist Bennie Maupin leads USC Thornton students in a Jazz forum. Location: The Music Complex G128

    The Music Complex (TMC)

  • Composition Department Recital with HOCKET

    HOCKET, the new music piano duo featuring alumni Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, presents two works by USC Thornton Composition faculty written for them, including new faculty member Nina Young’s Tête-À-Tête, and a world premiere of Sean Friar’s Come Again. Special guests include Hitomi Oba on tenor saxophone and Derek Tywoniuk on percussion. The recital also features works by Cerrone, Gibson, Oba, and Tywoniuk. PROGRAM: Derek Tywoniuk: like (Write it!) like disaster for percussion, piano, and toy piano Hitomi Oba: taste, inaugurate! for piano four-hands and tenor saxophone Sean Friar: Come again for two pianos Sarah Gibson: our eyes once watered for piano four-hands Nina Young: tete a tete for two toy pianos and electronics Christopher Cerrone: Arching Path for two pianos

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Dvořák's New World Symphony

    Resident conductor Sharon Lavery leads the USC Thornton Symphony in an all-Dvořák program featuring the Carnival Overture and New World Symphony. Written in 1893 by Dvořák while he was the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America, New World Symphony earned its place in history when a recording of the piece was taken to the moon on the Appollo 11 mission.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Jazz Night featuring the Jazz Honors Combo

    The Jazz Honors Combo, a select group of USC Thornton jazz musicians led by Jason Goldman, headlines this ongoing showcase of contemporary jazz at Carson Center.

    Carson Center (CTV)

  • Violin Masterclass with Joseph Lin

    Joseph Lin, distinguished violinist and former leader of the Julliard String Quartet, leads a masterclass in violin and chamber music. Lin was named a Presidential Scholar in 1996 and was the youngest musician to receive the Pro Musicis International award in 1999.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Jazz Night

    Students from Thornton's jazz programs showcase contemporary jazz works.

    The Songwriter’s Theater

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    Yewon Lee appointed Music Director of San Diego Festival Chorus

    August 15, 2019

    Emerging conductor Yewon Lee will take the lead at the San Diego Festival Chorus as the newly appointed Music Director. Lee, a who is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music at USC Thornton, has garnered recognition for her work with the Baldwin Wallace Opera Theater and the… read more

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