Keyboard Collaborative Arts


Established in 1947 by celebrated accompanist Gwendolyn Koldofsky, the Keyboard Collaborative Arts program at the USC Thornton School of Music was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. With an internationally acclaimed faculty, and graduates who rank among the most notable leaders and innovators in the field of collaboration, the program has remained an influential force for over half a century.

Administered by the department of Keyboard Studies, the Keyboard Collaborative Arts program nurtures aspiring pianists by enriching and guiding them through their study of collaboration in chamber music, song repertoire and opera. In addition to regular study, students may choose to improve their strengths in foreign language diction or opera coaching. Keyboard Collaborative Arts students also are granted the rare opportunity of interacting with many of the stellar faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in other performance areas, including Keyboard Studies, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and Vocal Arts & Opera.



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Upcoming events

  • Faculty Recital with Judith Farmer and Andrew Shulman

    USC Thornton faculty bassoonist Judith Farmer and cellist Andrew Shulman present a joint recital featuring faculty pianist Jeffrey Kahane, alumni pianists Nadia Shpachenko and Nic Gerpe, and alumni clarinetist Edgar Lopez. The evening recital includes duo performances by Shulman and Kahane, longtime collaborators in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, of works by Frank Bridge and Benjamin Britten that explore the teacher-pupil relationship between the two composers. Farmer will lead an ensemble in a performance of works by Thornton alumnus Gernot Wolfgang including the world premiere of Road Signs for Bassoon and Piano. A previous collaboration between the artists led to a 2016 GRAMMY nomination.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • all USC Thornton faculty