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2023 Live Online Auditions

December 15, 2021

The following information is for fall 2023 applicants to the Thornton School of Music who are invited for a live online audition. All online auditions will take place live online via Zoom.  Please review the information below regarding policies, procedures, and logistics. If you have questions, please contact the Thornton Admission Office. Online Audition Format… Continue reading 2023 Live Online Auditions


2023 Live In-Person Audition Information

December 15, 2021

We look forward to welcoming you to campus for your live audition! This information is for applicants invited to perform a live audition in-person on the USC campus. All in-person auditions will take place on the USC University Park Campus (UPC). Please review the information below regarding audition policies and procedures, required exams and more.… Continue reading 2023 Live In-Person Audition Information


Portrait of Dean Robert Cutietta

August 16: A Message from Dean Cutietta and Restart Team to Students

August 23, 2021

We’re one week away from the start of the fall semester! Fall classes begin on Monday, August 23, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you to campus.


Portrait of Dean Robert Cutietta

July 20: A Message from the Dean on Fall 2021 Reopening

July 28, 2021

From the office of Dean Robert Cutietta – July 20, 2021


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


Group photo of Tonality outside Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. Studios - Burbank, CA

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”


Portrait of Dean Robert Cutietta

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