USC Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta is currently attending GLOMUS, a gathering of international music and arts education professionals in Natal, Brazil, along with several Thornton students and faculty. The biennial event, which is hosted by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, aims to “create a forum for intercultural exchange in the fields of music, dance and drama.”
Also in attendance are faculty member and Brazilian jazz specialist Jonathan “Capital” Patterson of the Composition, Music Technology, and Studio/Jazz Guitar programs, as well as third-year Popular Music major Jack DeMeo and Keyboard Studies masters student Tomomi Sato. Thornton’s senior advisor for international relations, Mist Thorkelsdottir, is also attending the event to strengthen the school’s partnerships with music institutions around the world.
The 10-day gathering, which includes nearly 150 participants from 25 institutions around the world, features cross-cultural activities, leadership forums, performances, masterclasses, and informal “jam sessions.” GLOMUS events have previously been held in Mozambique (2009), Ghana (2011), Tanzania (2013), and Malaysia (2015).