Early Music Performance


Over the past several decades, the performance of early music has undergone a remarkable transformation. What was once a highly specialized activity is now a major facet of professional music making, garnering the attention of an ever-growing, international audience. Specialists in early music are consistently involved in a dynamic range of activities, including solo and ensemble performance, research and writing, program planning, preparation of performing editions and historically-informed arrangements, and ensemble direction and teaching. USC Thornton’s graduate degree programs in Early Music Performance immerse students in all facets of the profession, ensuring that graduates possess ample knowledge and expertise to launch their own careers in early music anywhere in the world. Students in the Early Music program rehearse 6-8 hours per week, perform in 4-6 ensemble programs per year, and collaborate in student recitals. Performers in our program also learn about historical improvisation, notation, and composition through hands-on practice. In addition to the core curriculum, they take courses in performance practice topics and musicology and pursue individual research. They are also encouraged to perform in the professional early music community.

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  • Baroque Sinfonia: Tempest Toss’d-Theatrical Music of Restoration England

    Adam Gilbert leads the Baroque Sinfonia in a performance featuring theatrical music from Restoration England with staged scenes from masques and comedies.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • The Research and Scholarly Division Symposium

    The Research and Scholarly Division present a daylong symposium highlighting faculty and student research across the division.

    USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

  • Baroque Sinfonia: La Barca di Venetia per Padova

    Adam Gilbert leads the Baroque Sinfonia in Italian madrigals, madrigal comedies, and virtuosic instrumental music from 1600 Italy.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

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    Thornton alumni form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra

    April 5, 2018

    Violinist and USC Thornton alumnus Etienne Gara has recently teamed with a number of Thornton alumni to form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble focused on music from the Baroque through the contemporary. The group’s roster includes violinists Mishkar Núñez-Fredell (MM ’09, DMA ’17), Yu-Eun Kim (GCRT ’17),… read more

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