Events for Classical Performance

Choral Conducting Masterclass with Ann Howard Jones

Well-known choral conductor and pedagogue Ann Howard Jones presents a masterclass for choral conducting students.

Music@RushHour: Music of Poland

Piano and choral students team with USC's Polish Music Center to perform music by Chopin, Louis Lewandowski, Ignatz Waghalter, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Moritz Moszkowski, and more — with special guests from Kraków, the Polish Chamber Music Society. Relax and skip the traffic with a free concert of music by USC Thornton students, followed by complimentary refreshments.

Strings: Studio Showcase

USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

Choral Literature Lecture with Ann Howard Jones

Choral Luminary Ann Howard Jones presents a choral literature lecture on performing two works for chorus and orchestra, Verdi's Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The lecture will take place in room 319 on the 3rd floor of the MUS building.

USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

Donald Crockett, chair of the Composition program, leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

LACMA Sundays Live featuring USC Thornton Classical Guitar Ensemble

USC Thornton’s Classical Guitar Ensemble performs for the Sundays Live concert series at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The concert will take place in the museum's Leo S. Bing Theater. Admission is free.

New Music@RushHour

For this RushHour concert, Thornton students present modern works by Sciarrini, Stockhausen, and more! Relax and skip the traffic with a free rush hour concert by USC Thornton students, followed by complimentary refreshments.

Strings: Studio Showcase

USC Thornton’s exceptional Strings students present an evening of solo and chamber works.

Thornton Edge

Donald Crockett leads the Thornton Edge new music group in a program of modern works for large ensemble, including a new concerto by Thornton DMA candidate Patrick O'Malley featuring alumna violinist Clara Kim.

USC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir: Soundscapes II

The USC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir present a varied program, featuring classics of the choral repertoire as well as new and innovative works. In preparation for an upcoming tour to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, the Chamber Singers will present works by Baltic composers Marian Borkowski, Peteris Vasks, Veljo Tormis, and others. The Concert Choir, gearing up for a performance at the Western Division ACDA conference March 14–17 in Pasadena, will perform works by Thomas Tomkins, Norman Dello Joio, Daniel Elder, Jules Massenet, and Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen.

Pacific Southwest Intercollegiate Choral Association Festival Concert

The USC Thornton Department of Choral and Sacred Music hosts the 89th Annual Pacific Southern Intercollegiate Choral Association (PSICA) Festival, featuring nearly 400 singers from ten PSICA member schools and world-renowned guest clinician, Dr. Z. Randall Stroope. Each choir performs a brief program showcasing their ensemble as the other ensembles cheer them on and Dr. Stroope provides constructive feedback. This concert is free and open to the public.

Composition Showcase

The Composition department presents a concert featuring new solo, chamber, and vocal works by student composers. The celebrated program has included Pulitzer Prize finalists and major award winners among its recent alumni.

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