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Press Releases

A New Model for Classical Music Education

August 20, 2018

In its continuing commitment to a virtuosic education for musicians, USC Thornton will unveil a new educational model for classical music beginning in the Fall of 2019. Download PDF >

Collaboration thrives at USC Thornton this Spring

January 31, 2018

This Spring’s events are marked by a uniquely collaborative spirit at the USC Thornton School of Music with concerts planned across departments, ensembles, and even schools. Download PDF >

USC Thornton Opera Program presents Handel’s “Alcina”

November 13, 2017

Love, indeed, conquers all who step onto the island of the sorceress Alcina – but in George Frideric Handel’s exquisite opera seria of the same title, love takes on an almost frightening magic. This Thursday through Sunday, the celebrated USC Thornton Opera program will present Handel’s Alcina in four performances at USC’s Bing Theatre. Download […]

Distinguished violinist Pamela Frank joins USC Thornton faculty in collaboration with prominent physical therapist Howard Nelson

November 6, 2017

Pamela Frank, an internationally renowned violinist and pedagogue, will teach graduate students in violin while notable physical therapy specialist Howard Nelson will lead wellness events and evaluations for Strings students during the 2018-2019 school year. Download the full release as a PDF >

Announcing the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship

October 15, 2017

The USC Thornton School of Music, Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) have teamed up to launch a post-graduate fellowship program for musicians from underrepresented communities on the verge of launching careers in orchestral performance. Download the PDF >

Fall Concert Preview

September 8, 2017

“The Triumph of Life” is the jubilant title of USC Thornton’s first official concert of the 2017-18 academic year, marking the return of maestro Carl St.Clair as he leads the USC Thornton Symphony through a spirited program of Mahler and Prokofiev (Friday, Sep. 8th at Bovard Auditorium, 7:30PM). It’s a fitting theme, however, for an […]

The USC Thornton School of Music Announces Five Innovative Master’s Degree Programs

July 17, 2017

The USC Thornton School of Music, continuing to reimagine music education in the 21st century, is unveiling five innovative new master’s degree programs, in Arts Leadership, Community Music, Contemporary Teaching Practice, Music Industry, and Screen Scoring. Download the release here.

Midori Joins the Curtis Institute of Music Violin Faculty Beginning in the 2018-19 School Year

June 27, 2017

The Curtis Institute of Music welcomes celebrated violinist Midori to the faculty beginning in the 2018–19 school year. Midori comes to Curtis after 14 years on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music, where she was a distinguished professor, a department chair for eight years, and holder of the esteemed Jascha Heifetz Chair […]

USC Thornton Opera stages Berlioz’ “Béatrice et Bénédict”

April 10, 2017

USC Thornton’s celebrated Opera Program brings a new production of Hector Berlioz’ sparkling comedy, Béatrice et Bénédict, to the Los Angeles stage. In a contemporary twist, the opera, which is based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and originally set in 16th Century Italy, has been charmingly updated to the setting of a Southern California […]

New Space for Songwriters to Be Dedicated at USC Thornton

March 21, 2017

The USC Thornton School of Music has created its first-ever venue designed especially for songwriters. The Songwriter’s Theater, which will be inaugurated on March 24, involved an extensive renovation of a space in the lower level of The Music Complex on campus. Read the Press Release

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