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A Letter from Bob Mintzer

July 27, 2021

I would like to welcome you to the website of the USC Thornton Jazz Studies program. Here, you will catch a glimpse into one of the most comprehensive and compelling jazz programs in the world. We are a small, student-oriented jazz department housed in a large world-class university located in the bustling city of Los… Continue reading A Letter from Bob Mintzer


A Letter from the Director

July 27, 2021

Welcome to Arts Leadership at USC, a graduate program that redefines how we think about and practice arts leadership in the 21st Century. What makes Arts Leadership unique is its contemporary vision. The world is at a critical moment – one in which the extraordinary changes in demographics, economics, technology, globalization, environmentalism, and social practice… Continue reading A Letter from the Director


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Thornton alums sing on the soundtrack to “Space Jam: A New Legacy”

July 21, 2021

Tonality, the celebrated Los Angeles-based vocal ensemble founded by Choral & Sacred Music alum Alexander Lloyd Blake (DMA ‘19), can be heard in the motion picture soundtrack for the Warner Bros. film “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” Several Thornton alums added their voices to the chorus, including Adam Faruqi (BM ’16), David Morales (MM ’20)… Continue reading Thornton alums sing on the soundtrack to “Space Jam: A New Legacy”


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March 27 – A Message from the Dean to Faculty and Staff: Thornton Reopening Preview

April 1, 2021

Dear Thornton Faculty and Staff: I am writing with a preview of the attached message that will be sent to students this afternoon that further defines the next steps of our partial reopening of Thornton facilities. USC Thornton Practice Space Access Request Be advised that students MUST submit the USC Thornton Majors: Practice Space Request… Continue reading March 27 – A Message from the Dean to Faculty and Staff: Thornton Reopening Preview


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March 19 – A Message from the Dean: Updates on Commencement and Thornton Reopening

March 26, 2021

Dear Thornton Community: Yesterday, President Folt announced that USC has received permission from state authorities to host in-person commencement celebrations this spring for the graduating classes of both 2020 and 2021. This is an exciting development, but restrictions remain. The in-person ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial… Continue reading March 19 – A Message from the Dean: Updates on Commencement and Thornton Reopening


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March 12: A Message from the Dean to USC Thornton Students: Re-Opening Initiation

March 18, 2021

Dear USC Thornton Students, As I mentioned in last week’s memo, the County of Los Angeles recently issued new guidelines which have relaxed some of the requirements regarding student activities on campus. These guidelines include special accommodations for students who study in the arts, and they will benefit some Thornton students and allow for a… Continue reading March 12: A Message from the Dean to USC Thornton Students: Re-Opening Initiation


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A Message from the Dean: Update on Spring 2021 semester

March 11, 2021

Dear students, faculty and staff of USC Thornton, I am writing with an update for the Spring 2021 semester. As highlighted in today’s university announcement, the County of Los Angeles issued new guidelines this week which have relaxed some of the requirements regarding student activities on campus. The new guidelines made special accommodations for students… Continue reading A Message from the Dean: Update on Spring 2021 semester


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A Message from the Dean: Update on Spring 2021 semester

February 20, 2021

Dear students, faculty and staff of USC Thornton, I am writing with an update regarding plans for the Spring semester. President Folt sent a recent announcement to the university community about the possibility of a partial reopening of the University Park campus. This is wonderful news, something we’ve all been waiting for, but I want… Continue reading A Message from the Dean: Update on Spring 2021 semester


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Hannah McDonnel

January 26, 2021

Major: Choral Music Minors: Music Industry; Cinematic Arts Graduation year: 2023 Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN USC Organizations: American Choral Directors Association, Chamber Singers, Troy Tones A Capella, Teach for Los Angeles Hashtag to describe yourself: #lonelygoatherd Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far. It is so hard to pick just one, but at our… Continue reading Hannah McDonnel


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Memo from the Dean: Updates on the Spring 2021 Semester

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021 Dear Students of the Thornton School, Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful holiday break after what was an unprecedented semester. From our move to an entirely online model of education in August to the nine nights of performances in the Fall 2020 Festival, it was a semester that showcased… Continue reading Memo from the Dean: Updates on the Spring 2021 Semester