Keyboard Studies

Overview

The Keyboard Studies department seeks to enhance the artistic and technical development of aspiring pianists through comprehensive mentorship, study and performance of solo pianists and collaborative artists. Courses offered by the department include guidance in solo performance, keyboard literature, piano pedagogy, piano four-hands and duo repertoire, collaborative performance with singers and other instrumentalists and harpsichord.

Keyboard Studies faculty are among the nation’s most prominent. These acclaimed and devoted teachers are internationally regarded as soloists, recitalists, adjudicators and teachers of master classes and workshops. Although there is no provision for a major in piano pedagogy, faculty specialists offer students interested in teaching careers ample opportunity for intensive study in that field.

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  • Music@RushHour: Lisztomania Part I

    Students from USC Thornton's Keyboard Studies program present the first in a three-part concert series dedicated to the music of Franz Liszt. Don't miss the virtuosic musings of one of the instrument's most famous composers! Relax and skip the traffic with a free performance by USC Thornton students. Stick around and meet the musicians at a reception following the concert.

    Ramo Recital Hall (BMH)

  • Thornton Edge

    The USC Thornton Edge, the new music group led by Donald Crockett, presents a program of recent music from the United States, including Lightenings by Thornton alumna Elizabeth Ogonek, and music for large ensemble by David Dzubay.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • 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)

  • Sounds of the Season: A Scholarship Gala

    Celebrate the holidays in style with our annual gala concert, featuring 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs, in support of scholarships for USC Thornton's most talented students. An optional, pre-concert dinner at the USC University Club will take place at 5PM, before the gala concert, for an additional fee.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)


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    Gloria Cheng releases album in tribute to Steven Stucky

    October 17, 2018

    Pianist Gloria Cheng (DMA ’91), an alumna of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, recently released an album in tribute to the late composer Steven Stucky, who passed away in 2016. Garlands for Steven Stucky features 24 short works by composers who knew Stucky, personally, including Thornton Composition chair Donald… read more

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