Special Faculty


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Michael Tilson Thomas

March 10, 2022

Michael Tilson Thomas is music director laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, co-founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony and conductor laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to these posts, he maintains an active presence guest conducting with the major orchestras of Europe and the United States. A two-time alumnus of the… Continue reading Michael Tilson Thomas


James Hopkins

September 11, 2018

Professor Emeritus of Music A native of Pasadena, California, James Hopkins received a bachelor of music degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, a master’s of music from Yale and a doctoral degree from Princeton. Prior to returning to teach at his alma mater in l97l, he served on the faculty at Northwestern University.… Continue reading James Hopkins


John Perry

September 11, 2018

Professor Emeritus of Piano John Perry, distinguished artist and teacher, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student of Cecile Genhart. During those summers, he worked with the eminent Frank Mannheimer. Recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, he continued studies in Europe for four years, where he… Continue reading John Perry


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Frederick Lesemann

September 11, 2018

Professor Emeritus of Composition Frederick Lesemann is a composer living in La Crescenta, California, the small town near Los Angeles where he grew up. He is an emeritus professor of composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he at various times served as chair of the composition program and directed the electronic music… Continue reading Frederick Lesemann


Donald McInnes

September 11, 2018

Professor Emeritus of Strings Violist Donald McInnes has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony and l’Orchestre National de France among others, and for many years, he was a resident member of Camerata Pacifica. His career includes associations with many of the world’s major artists, including Leonard Bernstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Lynn Harrell and… Continue reading Donald McInnes


Bryan R. Simms

September 11, 2018

Bryan R. Simms is a professor emeritus of musicology at the USC Thornton School of Music. He was appointed to its faculty in 1976 and served there for 38 years prior to his retirement in June 2014. Before coming to USC, he taught at the University of Denver and at Yale University, where in 1971,… Continue reading Bryan R. Simms


Kenneth Lopez

July 24, 2013

Ken Lopez has been a professional guitarist and audio engineer since 1964. He has owned music and professional audio retail stores, as well as tour sound and fixed installation companies. For 15 years, Lopez served as vice president of JBL, a world-renowned manufacturer of professional audio equipment. He has an extensive background in professional audio… Continue reading Kenneth Lopez


Stephen Hartke

July 24, 2013

GRAMMY Award-winning composer Stephen Hartke is widely recognized as one of the leading voices of his generation whose work has been hailed for both its singularity of voice and the inclusive breadth of its inspiration. Born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1952, Hartke grew up in Manhattan, where he began his musical career as a… Continue reading Stephen Hartke


Morten Lauridsen

July 10, 2013

The music of Morten Johannes Lauridsen — composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1995–2001, professor of composition at the USC Thornton School of Music for more than fifty years and recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Arts and the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Life In Music Award — occupies a permanent place in… Continue reading Morten Lauridsen


Pat Kelley

March 20, 2013

Senior Lecturer Emeritus Artsong Music recording artist Pat Kelley has been a mainstay in the Los Angeles music scene for more than 30 years, playing guitar on hundreds of sessions for records, television, motion pictures and commercials. He has also toured in more than 30 countries with artists such as George Benson, Natalie Cole, David… Continue reading Pat Kelley