History


Throwback Thursday: Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld String Competition

May 29, 2014

In honor of the upcoming Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, we’re sharing this 1950s photo of the beloved USC Thornton professors.


Throwback Thursday: A look at the USC Commencement Ceremonies of 1909

May 15, 2014

Congratulations to the USC Thornton Class of 2014! See how USC celebrated Commencement at the turn of the 20th century.


Throwback Thursday: Clarence Sawhill leads the Concert Band

May 8, 2014

The University of Southern California Concert Band was led by Clarence Sawhill beginning in 1947, when Sawhill was named Director of Bands at USC.


Throwback Thursday: “A thorough, modern and progressive school”

May 5, 2014

Even though this advertisement for the University of Southern California School of Music is from 1908, it doesn’t sound too far off from the world-class education and incredible faculty USC Thornton offers in 2014!


Throwback Thursday: The early days of the USC Thornton Symphony

May 1, 2014

Founded over a century ago, the USC Thornton Symphony is one of the school’s oldest student performance ensembles.


Morten Lauridsen, Jo-Michael Scheibe remember Paul Salamunovich

April 29, 2014

The influential choral conductor known for his work with the Los Angeles Master Chorale passed away on Thursday, April 3. Services will be held in Los Angeles this weekend.


Throwback Thursday: USC Thornton Opera in 1953

April 24, 2014

USC Thornton’s 1953 production of “Volpone” was the second time a world premiere had been staged by the school.


Throwback Thursday: Michael Tilson Thomas’ time at USC

April 17, 2014

The celebrated conductor will return to his alma mater as Judge Widney Professor of Music in Fall 2015.


Throwback Thursday: Heifetz and Piatigorsky at USC Thornton

April 12, 2014

There’s so much University of Southern California and USC Thornton history in this photo featuring former faculty and celebrated┬ámusicians Jascha Heifetz (violin) and Gregor Piatigorsky (cello) from 1972. Perhaps you recognize current Keyboard Studies faculty Daniel Pollack at the piano!


Celebrating the legacy of the USC Thornton Chamber Singers

March 27, 2014

Now in its 65th year, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers remains one of the oldest performing ensembles on campus. As the group prepares for a tour of Asia, we look back on their history.