Early Music Performance

Overview

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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  • USC Collegium Workshop: Song & Dance of Early Modern England

    Adam Knight Gilbert leads the USC Collegium Workshop in a concert featuring the earliest known English songs, along with 15th-century carols and love songs, and lute songs of the Tudor era, performed with voices, harp, lute, viols, and winds. This program will also be presented at Holy Family Church in Glendale on Sunday, November 18th at 7:30PM. Co-produced with the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

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

  • USC Collegium Workshop: Song & Dance of Early Modern England

    Adam Knight Gilbert leads the USC Collegium Workshop in a concert featuring the earliest known English songs, along with 15th-century carols and love songs, and lute songs of the Tudor era, performed with voices, harp, lute, viols, and winds. Holy Family Catholic Church is located at 209 E. Lomita Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205 × This program will also be presented on the USC Thornton campus, Saturday, November 17th at 7:30PM.

    Holy Family Catholic Church

  • USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia: Music from the Golden Age of Spain

    The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia explores the secular and sacred in 17th-century Spanish music, featuring rousing and rustic villançicos led by Rotem Gilbert. This event is co-produced with the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

    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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