Organ Studies

Led by prominent and internationally distinguished faculty members Ladd Thomas and Cherry Rhodes, students of the USC Thornton School of Music Organ Studies program are richly educated in the performance of all periods of music written for this iconic instrument. Alumni of the program have received grants and awards at local, regional, national and international levels. In addition to regularly performing recitals and concerts, both as soloists and in ensemble capacities, the graduates of the organ department occupy significant university, college and church positions throughout the country.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Music

Organ Performance

4 years | 132 units

The BM in organ performance is a four-year, 132-unit program consisting of course work in the major (individual instruction and functional skills), core music studies (theory, aural skills, music history, conducting, large ensemble) and USC’s general education and writing program. A senior recital is required.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Graduate & Doctoral Programs

Master of Music

Organ Performance

2 years | 30 units

The MM in organ performance is a two-year, 30-unit program consisting individual organ instruction, interpretation of baroque music, ensemble, music history and electives. A graduate recital is required.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Doctor of Musical Arts

Organ Performance

65 units

The DMA in organ requires a minimum of 65 units beyond the bachelor’s degree and consists of the following areas of study: the basic DMA curriculum, course work in the major, an academic field and two elective fields. Four doctoral recitals are required.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

Organ Studies

2 years | 16 units

The Graduate Certificate in performance is a two-year, 16-unit program consisting of individual instruction, studio class, and two ensembles, or the equivalent thereof, each semester. This graduate-level program is designed for students who have completed their undergraduate education in music, or its equivalent, and intend to concentrate their energies on the full-time development of their discipline.

Refer to the USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements here.

Minors & Electives

Minor in Musical Studies


18 units

The Musical Studies minor is for students who already have a background in music performance and want to continue to develop their skills. Musical Studies minors have the opportunity to study their instrument in private lessons and participate in ensembles, as well as study music theory and music history. Through the electives, students may explore their own unique musical interests. Students may apply on virtually any instrument, including voice.

Contact

Ladd Thomas, Chair
Kyle Shafiee, Department Coordinator

Department of Organ Studies
USC Thornton School of Music
Los Angeles, California 90089-0851

(213) 740-7703
classical@usc.edu