On the horizon: bright futures.
Successful musicians of the future need to do so much more than play music. In addition to being virtuoso performers with distinct artistic voices, they need to function as digital-savvy technicians and entrepreneurs. We equip artists with the portfolio of skills they need to thrive.
Always innovating, always collaborating.
USC Thornton students collaborate constantly across musical genres within the school, and with their peers in USC’s world-class cinematic arts, dance, and theatre schools. We encourage study abroad, as musicians’ multi-faceted careers increasingly are global. This international focus builds a multicultural sensibility and widens students’ professional networks.
No one career looks like another, and we train students for success in multiple career paths. These include stages, studios, higher education, K-12 classrooms, and arts leadership positions. Our location in Los Angeles, the creative capital of the world, provides a wealth of nearby opportunities.
Laura Leigh Spillane promoted to conductor with the National Children’s Chorus
Martin Chalifour wins SFCV Audience choice award for “Best Instrumental Recital”
säje releases first single from their debut album
Rohan Chander wins the Gaudeamus Award 2022
Tue | 2:00 AM | Carson Center (CTV)
The USC Thornton Honors Combo, under the direction of Professor Jason Goldman, pushes the boundaries of jazz music by combining elements of multiple arts disciplines with jazz to create a forward-thinking musical experience.
Wed | 2:30 AM | Newman Recital Hall (AHF)
Faculty member Frank Ticheli leads new music ensemble Thornton Edge in an evening performance featuring the world premiere of Gross Misconduct by Thornton Composition program alumnus Tommy Dougherty, as well as works by Caroline Shaw, William Bolcom, Pavel Karmanov and others.