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Thornton faculty member Dana Gioia defends the NEA in LA Times Op-Ed

February 28, 2017

California Poet Laureate and USC Thornton Arts Leadership faculty member Dana Gioia outlined the remarkable successes of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and challenged arguments to defund the organization in a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed. Gioia, who was twice unanimously confirmed by the Senate to lead the NEA, from 2003 through 2009, […]


Musical America names Benjamin Mitchell and Christopher Koelsch “Professionals of the Year”

December 8, 2016

Musical America has named USC Thornton student Benjamin Mitchell as one of its “Professionals of the Year,” in a focus on artistic innovators and entrepreneurs. Mitchell, a clarinetist and GCRT candidate in the Arts Leadership program, founded the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, which is currently thriving in its third season. Christopher Koelsch, president and CEO of […]


USC Thornton to host the 2016 Essentials of Orchestra Management program

March 9, 2016

For the second year in a row, USC Thornton will partner with the League of American Orchestras to host the Essentials of Orchestra Management, an immersive seminar for emerging orchestra administrators. The ten-day residential program, featuring workshops, lectures, concert-excursions, and community events, will take place on the USC campus from July 12-21, 2016. Ken Foster […]


Dean Robert Cutietta quoted about appointment of Rachel Moore to Music Center leadership

June 23, 2015

Robert Cutietta, dean of USC’s Thornton School of Music and Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, was quoted by the Los Angeles Times in an article surveying community arts leaders about the appointment of Rachel Moore to head the Los Angeles Music Center organization. Moore has served as executive director of New York City-based American Ballet […]


The Essentials of Orchestra Management seminar moves to USC in July, 2015

February 5, 2015

For the first time, Essentials of Orchestra Management will be held in Los Angeles, hosted by USC’s Arts Leadership program at the USC Thornton School of Music. This new partnership allows the League of American Orchestras to draw upon some of the most innovative voices currently working on the West Coast. The League, in association […]


USC Thornton celebrates final Charles Dickens Dinner

January 5, 2015

Friends and fans of the USC Thornton School of Music celebrated the holiday season as they have for more than a quarter of a century – at the Charles Dickens Dinner. The Dec. 12 event, titled “Remembering Dickens Past,” raised money for scholarships. Three talented student musicians – Annelle Kazumi Gregory, Tina Huynh and Max […]


USC Thornton faculty Andrew Shulman and Rachel Fine, Board of Councilors member Randy Newman participate in LACO’s Germany à la carte

November 6, 2014

USC Thornton School of Music faculty members Andrew Shulman and Rachel Fine, along with USC Thornton Board of Councilors member Randy Newman, participated in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Germany à la carte” event, part of the “LACO à la carte” series. The events pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of […]


Opera featuring libretto by Dana Gioia to premiere in Virginia on October 16th

October 14, 2014

The Three Feathers, a new opera featuring a libretto by USC Thornton faculty and Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, Dana Gioia, is set to premiere on Thursday, October 16 at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The one-act opera is based on a Grimm’s fairytale […]


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