Early Music Performance

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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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Marylin Winkle’s theatrical work praised by Los Angeles Times

May 15, 2017

Early Music DMA student Marylin Winkle received praise from the Los Angeles Times for her role in Skylight Theatre’s production of “Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers.” Winkle composed live original music, which F. Kathleen Foley of the Times said “beautifully [underscored] the proceedings.” Last semester, Winkle directed… read more

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