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, comprehensive study 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, professional choruses, and voice faculties in both the United States as well as abroad. Opportunities for enriched experiences are offered through our weekly Vocal Forums which include 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 stage training, role study and analysis, body movement, stage direction and coaching techniques for collaborative pianists and conductors. 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.