Vocal Arts & Opera

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Internationally recognized for its long tradition of excellence in vocal and operatic training, the USC Thornton Vocal Arts department emphasizes the development of secure vocal technique, artistry in the interpretation of a richly varied, representative repertoire, perfection of diction in English and foreign languages and frequent solo and ensemble performance. Alumni have been named finalists and winners of prestigious competitions, and many currently work as recitalists, members of opera companies and voice faculties in both the United States as well as abroad. Opportunities for enriched experiences are offered through weekly student recitals, workshops and master classes with visiting artist-teachers and resident faculty.

The USC Thornton Opera Program is an integral part of the Vocal Arts department, providing career development opportunities for singers, coaches, pianists, conductors and directors. The program includes instruction in opera history and literature, coaching techniques, stage direction, body movement for singers, stage training, role study and analysis. The opera workshop is a repertory experience involving preparation and performance of operatic works and excerpts for performance both on and off the USC campus. For more information, visit the USC Thornton Opera Program homepage.

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  • USC Thornton Opera Presents "Postcard from Morocco"

    The USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco, a vivid and often absurd portrait of travelers frozen in time as they wait for their lives’ journey to continue. USC School of Dramatic Arts faculty member John DeMita directs the one-act opera, while musical director Brent McMunn conducts.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera Presents "Postcard from Morocco"

    The USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Dominick Argento's Postcard from Morocco, a vivid and often absurd portrait of travelers frozen in time as they wait for their lives’ journey to continue. USC School of Dramatic Arts faculty member John DeMita directs the one-act opera, while musical director Brent McMunn conducts.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    As part of a three-day festival, Vocal Arts students collaborate with student instrumentalists in repertoire from the Classical Era to the 21st century under the direction of Lisa Sylvester. FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: Winds & Percussion - Mon., Apr. 23 at 4:30PM Vocal Arts - Tue., Apr. 24 at 5:30PM Strings - Tue., Apr. 24 at 7:30PM Strings - Wed., Apr. 25 at 5PM & 7:30PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • William Vennard: The Art and Science of Great Teaching

    A day-long symposium celebrates the groundbreaking, science-informed voice teaching of William Vennard (1909-1971), chair of USC Thornton's voice department for over two decades. Speakers include Stephen Austin, Ken Bozeman, Thomas Cleveland, Cindy Dewey, Lynn Helding, Scott McCoy, Kari Ragan, and Donald Simonson, and the event will culminated in the dedication of the USC Libraries' William Vennard Collection, which consists of his personal lesson notes, books, and other research materials. Doheny Memorial Library, Room #240 "Friends of the USC Libraries" Lecture Hall This event is made possible by a USC Libraries Dean's Challenge Grant and is co-sponsored by the USC Thornton School of Music.

    Doheny Memorial Library (DML)


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    Soprano Shana Blake Hill to perform with Verdi Chorus

    April 16, 2018

    USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumna Shana Blake Hill (MM ’12) will perform as a featured guest soloist in the Verdi Chorus’s 35th anniversary concert, “The Force of Destiny,” on April 28th and 29th. The Santa Monica-based ensemble is directed by Anne Marie Ketchum and the program will feature excepts from… read more

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