USC Thornton School of Music Viewbook
The viewbook for the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Founded in 1884 and today the oldest continually operating cultural institution in Los Angeles, the Thornton School consistently ranks among the nation’s top music schools and conservatories.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC Dusk gathers on the USC campus located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. 4 Founded in 188 , the USC Thornton School of Music is on the leading edge of professional training in an unparalleled range of musical genres and disciplines. Internationally renowned and the longest-standing cultural institution in Los Angeles, USC Thornton consistently ranks among the nationâ€™s leading music schools and conservatories. TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S KEYBOARD 23 PA G E S T U D I O / J A Z Z G U I TA R 28 STRINGS Photo by Kristina Jacinth 20 PA G E 12 PA G E WOODWINDS, BRASS, AND PERCUSSION 21 C L A S S I C A L G U I TA R 24 PA G E POPULAR MUSIC 29 PA G E COMPOSITION 13 PA G E 22 PA G E Photo by Ari Oh Photo by Kristina Jacinth CHORAL MUSIC 10 VOCAL ARTS/OPERA SCORING FOR MOTION PICTURES AND TELEVISION PA G E JAZZ Photo by Kristina Jacinth 11 PA G E 9 25 PA G E MUSIC INDUSTRY 2 1 30 PA G E M U S I C E D U C AT I O N Photo by Kristina Jacinth E A R LY M U S I C Photo by Craig Mathew MUSICOLOGY PA G E Photo by Kristina Jacinth 8 PA G E Generations of distinguished faculty have put USC Thornton on the map as a global destination for those who are serious about music. Furthering that reputation are our alumni, who hold prominent positions in major orchestras and ensembles, serve as leaders in the rapidly evolving music industry, perform on stages around the world, win coveted prizes and honors, and remain among the most sought-after studio musicians and recording artists. By blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the beneﬁts of a leading research university, USC Thornton offers an impressive range of performance opportunities and a curriculum designed to prepare students for successful careers in the 21st century. The Thornton School presents more than 500 concerts each year and is the only music school with a weekly radio broadcast in a major media market featuring student performances. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, USC Thornton offers students every advantage of studying, performing, and networking in the world’s most vibrant music industry hub. Every week, our students have meaningful opportunities to engage with leading professionals in all aspects of the music, recording, and entertainment industries. USC Thornton is a collegiate partner of choice for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the GRAMMY Foundation®, and The Recording Academy®. Our students also are a constant presence in local classrooms, reaching out to the next generation of musicians. With our inspiring faculty, acclaimed alumni, prime location, pioneering curriculum, and expansive performance opportunities, the USC Thornton School of Music is the perfect place to launch your career. 6 DEAN’S MESSAGE Thank you for considering the USC Thornton School of Music. As you look closely, I hope you will appreciate just how unique our school is. Dean Robert Cutietta First of all, we are not only located in Los Angeles, we also are part of Los Angeles. Our mission is to reﬂect LA’s unique and eclectic artistic landscape. This is why we offer programs in ﬁlm scoring, songwriting, and popular music performance in addition to such areas as opera, jazz, and orchestral music. We utilize all the resources of this great city. For instance, our faculty are members of the LA Philharmonic, LA Master Chorale, LA Chamber Orchestra, and the LA Opera. But we go much further to blur the lines between campus and city. Thornton students regularly perform at the nearby GRAMMY Museum , and faculty, students, and alumni have performed on the Emmy Awards, as well as the GRAMMY and Academy Awards . Our students have regular opportunities to interact with artists from all major performing disciplines— from on-campus master classes and drastically reduced (or free) tickets to cultural events at the Los Angeles Music Center, to working in the vast number of professional recording studios in Hollywood. ® ® ® For more information—including faculty bios and contact information, past master classes and guest artists or speakers, concert schedules, performance ensembles, and much more—please visit our website at www.usc.edu/music. ® But even in day-to-day classroom experiences, you will notice something different from other schools. You may be an oboe major, but you will take classes with students studying jazz trumpet or songwriting, opera or electric bass, music technology or choral music. This eclectic mix of artists creates a culture found nowhere else. The one thing all our students share is a passion for music combined with artistic and intellectual skills at the highest level of any school in the country. Your fellow students will win national and international competitions and awards in diverse areas. The relationships you develop with these colleagues will make you a better and more expansive artist while also building a network of like-minded individuals that will last throughout your career. Our strengths go even further. The uniqueness found within USC Thornton is enhanced by the opportunities surrounding the school. Each year at graduation, I am humbled by the many diplomas I hand out with titles such as “Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance with a minor in Neuroscience” or “Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano with a minor in Political Science.” In fact, nearly one-quarter of our Thornton undergraduates pursue a major or minor in a discipline outside of music. The culture at USC encourages students to expand their thinking to ﬁnd interests and talents they didn’t know they had. Through programs such as the Renaissance Scholars, students explore the campus and learn about themselves. What they ﬁnd is unpredictable. Whether they become attracted to the School of Cinematic Arts or the School of Gerontology, USC has something for everyone, and the culture at the university embraces and encourages this process of exploration. We are absolutely unique among music schools, and we strive to be the country’s most relevant music school. We are a community built around, and for, the most outstanding young artists and intellects in the world. If this sounds appealing to you, you belong here with us. Dr. Robert Cutietta Dean 7 MUSICOLOGY PhD S I N - D E P T H A N D E X PA N S I V E The PhD in Musicology at USC Thornton offers the experience of an applied music environment often encountered in a conservatory, but with the vast resources of one of America’s great universities. The program goes beyond history to prepare candidates for careers in musical research, writing, and university teaching. Through seminars and lectures, our students investigate topics including music of the world, popular music, performance practices, music criticism, jazz, ﬁlm, and music theory and analysis. Students also 8 take select courses in the arts and letters outside of music, such as history, language, literature, theater, cinematic arts, architecture, or ﬁne arts. And because musicology is informed by performance, just as performance is informed by historical knowledge, our students also have opportunities to participate in the numerous outstanding performance ensembles at the school, including the prominent USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia. INTERACTION WITH TOP SCHOLARS This selective program enables students to beneﬁt from the close attention of faculty and mentors, and the department’s Musicology Forum brings the ﬁeld’s top scholars to campus for frequent guest lectures. Our students often present papers at international conferences and symposia in the discipline, building their skills and professional network. The PhD in Musicology is conferred upon scholars who are fully prepared to enrich the knowledge of music and teach its history, theory, and principles of criticism in institutions of higher learning. Photo by Kristina Jacinth THE PHD IN MUSICOLOGY EXPLORES THE STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS OF MUSIC AS WELL AS ITS CULTURAL CONTEXT—COVERING CLASSICAL TO CURRENT, ANALYSIS TO PERFORMANCE AND INTERPRETIVE PRACTICE. E A R LY M U S I C MA, DMA UDY PROVIDING A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF MUSICOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND PERFORMANCE, USC THORNTON’S EARLY MUSIC PERFORMANCE PROGRAMS IMMERSE STUDENTS IN SOLO AND ENSEMBLE WORK THAT ENGAGES MODERN AUDIENCES IN HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE PRACTICES. HISTORY THROUGH PERFORMANCE Over the past several decades, the performance of early music has evolved from a highly specialized activity into a major facet of professional music-making to which a growing international audience has responded. Specialists in early music engage in a broad range of activities, including solo and ensemble performance, research and writing, ensemble direction and teaching, program planning, and preparation of performing editions and historically informed arrangements. Our programs in Early Music Performance immerse students in all these activities, ensuring that our graduates leave USC Thornton with the knowledge and expertise necessary for successful careers in this vibrant ﬁeld whether in the U.S. or abroad. The program has won Collegium Grants from the Early Music Association, and other EMA awards recognizing outstanding accomplishments in early music, and our ensembles have been featured at the EMA’s Young Performers Festival Concerts in Boston. Thornton students have collaborated with musicians such as Ellen Hargis, Paul O’Dette, Isabel Palacios, and Jed Wentz, along with visiting artists such as Paolo Pandolfo, ensemble Micrologus, and Cappela Artemisia. Photo by Kristina Jacinth ACCLAIMED ENSEMBLE Our students have plentiful opportunities for solo and ensemble performance, and are active in the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia— a period-instrument and vocal ensemble whose members, past and present, are also members of some of the ﬁnest professional ensembles in the country. Specializing in music from the 17th through mid-18th centuries, the Baroque Sinfonia has played at countless festivals and its performances have been broadcast through National Public Radio. 9 VOCAL ARTS / OPERA BM, BA option, MM, GCRT, ARTD, DMA USC THORNTON’S ESTEEMED VOCAL ARTS PROGRAM FEATURES THE FINEST PRIVATE INSTRUCTION FROM LEADING PEDAGOGUES AND EXCITING REAL-WORLD PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES. I N D I V I D U A L I Z E D AT T E N T I O N Our Vocal Arts curriculum emphasizes development of secure vocal technique; artistry in the interpretation of a richly varied, representative repertoire; perfection of diction in English and other languages; and frequent solo and ensemble work. In addition to weekly private instruction with faculty, students also have access to numerous enrichment experiences through weekly student recitals and workshops, and frequent seminars and master classes with distinguished visiting artist-teachers, designers, and resident faculty, including musicians such as Thomas Adès, Vinson Cole, Nathan Gunn, Eric Halfvarson, and Stephen Smith. Photo by Kristina Jacinth PRESTIGIOUS OPERA PROGRAM 10 10 The Thornton Opera program is an integral part of our Vocal Arts department, providing career development for singers, coaches, conductors, and directors. As cited in Classical Singer® magazine, the program has been ranked among the top ten of its kind nationally. It includes instruction in opera history and literature, coaching techniques, stage direction, body movement for singers, stage training, and role study and analysis. Our opera workshop is a repertory experience involving preparation and staging of operatic works and excerpts for performance both on and off the USC campus. In addition to two full operas each year, the two productions of opera scenes each semester greatly broaden students’ opportunities to be on stage before an audience. Alumni of the USC Thornton Opera program consistently are ﬁnalists and winners of prestigious competitions as well as leading recitalists and members of opera companies and voice faculties in the U.S. and abroad. CHORAL MUSIC BA, MM, DMA A TRAILBLAZER IN CHORAL MUSIC AND CONDUCTING OVER THE PAST SEVEN DECADES, USC THORNTON REMAINS A LEADER IN THIS THRIVING MUSICAL FIELD. P O W E R H O U S E A L U M N I A N D F A C U LT Y Our Choral program continues the legacy established at the USC School of Music by the legendary Charles C. Hirt, by innovating programs speciﬁcally designed for the choral conductor and the church musician. Following in the tradition of their pioneering predecessors, today’s faculty set the global standard for choral conducting, literature, and composition. Our alumni conduct prominent choral ensembles, serve as conductors and teachers throughout the world, and earn numerous honors and awards. Acclaimed graduates include Jerry Blackstone, Grant Gershon, William Hall, Jane Skinner Hardester, Iris Levine, Dale Warland, Mack Wilberg, and Robert H. Young, to name a few. FREQUENT PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES USC Thornton choral ensembles have achieved local, national, and international recognition through concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, appearances at divisional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, and honors—including two grand prizes—in international choral competitions. Our choral ensembles include the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, a mixed-voice chamber chorus that tours regularly; the USC Thornton Concert Choir, a larger mixed-voice ensemble that also tours frequently; the Oriana Choir, specializing in choral repertoire for women; and the Apollo Choir, specializing in choral repertoire for men. 11 STRINGS Violin Viola Cello Bass Harp BM, BA option, MM, GCRT, ARTD, DMA 12 P R E - E M I N E N T F A C U LT Y Carrying forward an exceptional legacy of faculty artists, the Thornton School of Music builds upon its rich tradition of pairing extraordinary musicians with students of the highest caliber. Following in the footsteps of distinguished teachers such as Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky, and William Primrose, our strings students work with a team of today’s most celebrated artist teachers, receiving weekly mentoring and coaching in solo, chamber and orchestral performance. They also beneﬁt from visiting artists such as the legendary Joseph Silverstein who recently conducted and performed with our students. In order to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, students are nurtured and challenged to reach their full potential as musicians and as world citizens. PROFESSIONAL-QUALITY ENSEMBLES In addition to the solo repertoire, majors in the USC Thornton Strings program beneﬁt from numerous opportunities to perform in professional-level student ensembles. Our highly regarded USC Thornton Symphony—a visible artistic presence in the Los Angeles music community since its inception in the early 1900s—works regularly with some of the world’s greatest conductors, composers, and musicians. Our versatile USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and many prize-winning chamber ensembles offer additional and varied high-caliber performing experiences for students. Photo by Kristina Jacinth FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, THE USC THORNTON STRINGS PROGRAM HAS REMAINED AMONG THE NATION’S FINEST, AFFILIATED WITH SOME OF THE MOST HIGHLY REGARDED NAMES IN THE PROFESSION. R WOODWINDS, BRASS AND PERCUSSION Flute French Horn Oboe Trumpet Clarinet Trombone Bassoon Tuba Saxophone Percussion BM, BA option, MM, GCRT, ARTD, DMA TAUGHT BY ARTIST-FACULTY WHO ARE LEADING PEDAGOGUES IN THEIR FIELDS, OUR WIND AND PERCUSSION STUDENTS ALSO BENEFIT FROM A MULTITUDE OF PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES. ARTISTRY AND TECHNICAL PROWESS With a faculty consisting of artistteachers of national and international reputation, our woodwinds, brass, and percussion programs provide a level of artistic and technical development virtually unmatched in the United States. In addition to performing with major symphonies and chamber orchestras, many members of our faculty are in demand as studio musicians for the ﬁlm and recording industries. Our students have performed under the direction of a long list of guest artists such as Thomas Adès, Mei-Ann Chen, James Conlon, Lionel Friend, Jorge Mester, Helmuth Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, and John Williams, to name a few. BREADTH OF OPPORTUNITY In contrast to the ﬁxed performance ensembles at most music schools, the personnel of USC Thornton ensembles changes with every project, multiplying students’ opportunities to experience everything from full and pit orchestras to big band and chamber groups. Through this unique rotational system, students can perform with the acclaimed USC Thornton Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble— preparing them to play any position in their section, a requirement of professional musicians pursuing freelance work. Emphasis on all aspects of performance combined with a broad musical repertoire prepares graduates for careers as concert artists, recording artists for major motion picture and television studios, principals in major orchestras and ensembles, and members of the faculties of music schools throughout the world. 13 MUSIC IS MORE THAN JUST NOTES. IT’S WHAT YOU DO WITH THE NOTES — IT’S THE PASSION AND DRIVE THAT LIES BETWEEN THEM. THE DISCIPLINE AND INSPIRATION. THE TALENT AND COMMITMENT. AT USC THORNTON, WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN OUR ONGOING LEGACY OF EXCELLENCE. SINCE 1884, WE HAVE BEEN INSPIRING AND PREPARING GENERATIONS OF DISTINGUISHED MUSICIANS. LIFE AT USC THORNTON IS INEXTRICABLY TIED TO THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF MUSIC, LOS ANGELES AND THE WORLD. Yo Yo Ma giving a master class at the School. He has also performed as soloist with the Thornton Symphony Orchestra. Composer Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears at the USC Allan Hancock Auditorium. 19 19 18 80 U S C E S TA B L I S H E D The University opens with 53 students and 10 teachers. 18 84 USC SCHOOL OF MUSIC IS FOUNDED LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC FOUNDED As the ﬁrst professional school at USC, the School of Music produced nearly one-half of USC’s ﬁrst 100 graduates. The orchestra begins rehearsals on October 13, 1919. Thornton faculty and alumni continue to make up a signiﬁcant part of the ensemble. Theatre impresario L.E. Behymer stages the American premiere of Puccini’s La Boheme at Hazard’s in Los Angeles. 19 22 KUSC BEGINS BROADCASTING H O L LY W O O D BOWL OPENS Thornton faculty and alumni often perform at this, the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 46 19 19 34 The Dunbar Hotel opens in South Los Angeles and becomes the hub of LA’s thriving Central Avenue rhythm and blues and jazz scene. While our alumni are prominent touring and recording artists, Thornton’s preeminent jazz faculty is shaping the future of jazz itself. USC’S ﬂagship radio station develops into one of the two largest broadcasters of classical music in the country. It regularly features performances of Thornton students. ARNOLD SCHOENBERG JOINS USC The Austrian composer moves to Los Angeles and teaches at USC. Composer Ingolf Dahl joins the USC faculty and emerges as one of a long line of composers who bridge the gap between concert and ﬁlm music. 19 48 LOS ANGELES OPERA FOUNDED USC alumna, Marilyn Horne, makes her Los Angeles operatic debut at the Shrine Auditorium, under the direction of Carl Ebert, famed pioneer of University Opera Workshops. Photo by Steve Cohn USC alumnus, Michael Tilson Thomas, conducts the Thornton Symphony Orchestra as part of our 125th anniversary celebration. USC Thornton ensembles often perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry, the Judge Widney Professor of Architecture at USC. 79 Thornton’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall was designed to provide outstanding acoustics for all kinds of music, from solo piano to jazz ensembles. 19 84 19 19 64 Shaped as a stack of record albums, the iconic Capital Records® building represents LA’s history as a leader in the music industry. Thornton students and alumni are actively involved in the reshaping of this vibrant industry. DOROTHY CHANDLER PAV I L L I O N O P E N S As the centerpiece of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion opens with the 28year old Zubin Mehta leading a Steve Reich birthday tribute, featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic and USC faculty member Jascha Heifetz as soloist. LOS ANGELES HOSTS T H E O LY M P I C S USC TROJAN MARCHING BAND BREAKS RECORD Thornton collaborator and honorary alumnus, John Williams, wins a GRAMMY® for his “Olympic Fanfare and Theme.” The band records “Tusk” with Fleetwood Mac, making it the largest number of musicians to ever perform on a single. Four USC students form the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. LAGQ goes on to become one of the most inﬂuential chamber ensembles in the world, winning a GRAMMY® in 2004. Current Thornton School board member and student mentor, Randy Newman, releases “I Love L.A.”, the city’s unofﬁcial anthem. Photo © Darrell Clarke 99 19 USC SCHOOL OF MUSIC NAMED 20 08 Flora L. Thornton endows the USC School of Music and the school is named in her honor. The Walt Disney Concert Hall opens. It is the current home of the L.A. Master Chorale, where Thornton alumnus Grant Gershon is Music Director. POPULAR MUSIC The GRAMMY Museum® opens at LA Live. Thornton students regularly perform at this exciting new industry landmark. There’s more to come... Photo by Kristina Jacinth KEYBOARD Keyboard Collaborative Arts | MM, GCRT, ARTD, DMA Organ | BM, BA option, MM, GCRT, DMA Piano | BM, BA option, MM, GCRT, ARTD, DMA BREADTH OF STUDY THROUGH THE TUTELAGE AND COACHING OF ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST PROMINENT KEYBOARD FACULTIES, OUR STUDENTS PREPARE FOR CAREERS AS SOLOISTS, COLLABORATIVE ARTISTS, AND PEDAGOGUES. 20 PER The primary goal of our Keyboard Studies department is the artistic and technical development of aspiring pianists, keyboard collaborative artists, and organists through study and performance of a widely varied repertoire. Courses include guidance in solo performance, keyboard literature, pedagogy, four-hands and duo repertoire, and collaborative performance with singers and other instrumentalists. Our acclaimed artistteachers are recognized internationally as soloists, recitalists, and leaders of master classes and workshops. P I O N E E R I N G C O L L A B O R AT I O N S With an acclaimed faculty, students from around the globe, and alumni who are among the most notable leaders and innovators in the ﬁeld, the department has remained pre-eminent for more than half a century. For example the Keyboard Collaborative Arts program established at USC in 1947 by the legendary Gwendolyn Koldofsky was the ﬁrst of its kind anywhere in the world. Our students beneﬁt from Thornton’s stellar faculty in other performance disciplines, which further broadens their skills. They have also collaborated with guest artists such as Alfred Brendel, Byron Janis, Andre Watts, and Earl Wild. Photo by Kristina Jacinth C L A S S I C A L G U I TA R BM, BA option, MM, GCRT, ARTD, DMA OM ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS PROGRAMS OF ITS KIND, THE USC THORNTON CLASSICAL GUITAR PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GARNER THE ATTENTION OF STUDENTS AND ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. A T R A D I T I O N O F G U I TA R G R E AT S The Classical Guitar program at USC Thornton elevates students to the highest standards of performance, preparing them to achieve artistic greatness and professional success around the globe. Our students study with a team of acclaimed faculty (including Maestro Pepe Romero and members of the GRAMMY -award winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) who provide them with inspiration ® and training of the highest caliber. Students have gone on to win major international competitions, form successful ensembles, and land important teaching positions in the ﬁeld. supportive and collegial community. The program’s Classical Guitar Visiting Artist Series gives students master class opportunities with leading professionals such as Paul Galbraith, Benjamin Verdery, and Paul O’Dette, to name just a few. C O M M U N I T Y O F G U I TA R I S T S Given many opportunities to develop as players and performers through our “Outreach Recital” program, USC Thornton classical guitarists form a 21 O P IMR JAZZ BM, BA option, MM, GCRT, DMA A PREMIER PROGRAM A LEADING CENTER FOR JAZZ With a faculty that is second to none, our Jazz Studies department prepares talented young musicians for multifaceted performance careers. Students perform, compose, arrange, and improvise original works through the guidance of jazz masters. Major jazz publications consistently rank our Jazz Studies department among the top programs in the nation. Our faculty have performed, recorded, and composed for such artists as Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Freddy Hubbard, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Weather Report, and Tony Williams. Some of our celebrated recent alumni include Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Eldar Djangarov, Taylor Eigsti, and Sara Gazarek. Opportunities for our students to perform are abundant throughout Los Angeles, one of the world’s most dynamic jazz centers. USC Thornton also offers frequent occasions for students to hone their craft in bands of all sizes, from big bands to numerous small combos, as well as solo recitals. Our jazz ensembles include the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra, the USC Concert Jazz Orchestra, USC Afro-Latin American Jazz Ensemble (ALAJE), CreSCendo Vocal Jazz Choir, and combos of various sizes and instrumentations. The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra has taken top honors at the Monterey Jazz Next Generation Festival®, performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival®, and received high honors from the DownBeat® Student Music Awards. Photo by Alan Pasqua AS ONE OF THE NATION’S FIRST JAZZ STUDIES PROGRAMS, USC THORNTON WAS A PIONEER IN DEVELOPING AN ACADEMIC CURRICULUM DEDICATED TO THIS TRULY AMERICAN MUSICAL ART FORM. 22 S T U D I O / J A Z Z G U I TA R S E I BM, BA option, MM, GCRT, ARTD, DMA WITH A FACULTY OF PRE-EMINENT TOURING AND RECORDING GUITARISTS, THE USC THORNTON STUDIO/JAZZ GUITAR PROGRAM IS WIDELY RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S FINEST. C R E AT I V I T Y A C R O S S G E N R E S While many music schools include guitar as an emphasis within jazz, this innovative program is a stand-alone department exploring the full spectrum of the modern guitar. From classroom exercises to private instruction, our students hone their talents in reading, writing, arranging, and improvising under the careful mentorship of a world-class faculty. Jazz remains the department’s ﬁrm foundation, but students also are trained in a wide variety of guitar styles, including popular music and ﬂamenco. In addition, the doctoral degree in Studio/Jazz Guitar was the ﬁrst of its kind in the world. 1960s when Duke Miller, founder of the program, and other USC guitar faculty could be found playing at Donte’s, the legendary Los Angeles jazz club and watering hole for Los Angeles session players. This was later followed by John Pisano’s guitar nights, where Thornton faculty and students continue to perform today. Studio/Jazz Guitar students have other frequent opportunities to perform in various performance settings with touring artists as well as larger bands, further developing their craft. Thornton students have performed with guitar greats such as Pete Christleb, Robben Ford, Scott Henderson, Pat Metheny, and John Pisano. T O P O P P O R T U N I T I E S F O R TA L E N T The Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar program can be traced back to the Our faculty have collaborated with such artists as George Benson, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole, Richard Elliot, Gene Harris, Albert Lee, and Joe Pass. Our graduates include top sidemen touring with major recording artists such as Marc Anthony, Michael Bublé, Sara Evans, Enrique Iglesias, and Ricky Martin. Thornton alumni also include major ﬁlm and television composers, members of classical ensembles, music supervisors and producers, and distinguished teachers. POPULAR MUSIC BM LED BY A STELLAR FACULTY OF LEADING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS, THIS UNIQUE DEGREE PROGRAM PREPARES STUDENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL CAREERS AS ARTISTS, BUSINESSPEOPLE, AND COLLABORATIVE PERFORMERS. The ﬁrst university program of its kind, our Popular Music degree was created to nurture instrumentalists, vocalists, and songwriters interested in contemporary genres such as rock, pop, R&B, folk, Latin, and country. This highly selective program emphasizes performance while simultaneously providing a working knowledge of the industry, including contracts, publishing, and promotion. Students develop a broad skill set by regularly interacting with artists, collaborative performers, and songwriters, such as Darryl Jones of The Rolling Stones, Lisa Loeb, Melissa Manchester, Randy 24 Newman, and Andy Summers of The Police, as well as leading producers, engineers, publishers, tour managers, and entertainment attorneys. The program also partnered with Roland Corporation to create the Roland Drumlab—the ﬁrst of its kind in the nation—which supports drumset proﬁciency and provides a state-ofthe-art practice and teaching facility. REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE Our faculty share their experience performing with or writing for artists such as Marc Anthony, the Black-Eyed Peas, The Eagles, Juan Gabriel, Marvin Gaye, Faith Hill, Michael Jackson, Santana, Joss Stone, The Supremes, and Kanye West. Bands from the Popular Music program frequently perform at USC’s two campus clubs, Ground Zero and Tommy’s Place, and also regularly play throughout Los Angeles at venues such as the GRAMMY Museum , the Roxy Theatre, the Key Club, and the House of Blues . Our students already have placed numerous songs in ﬁlms and television shows, organized successful national and international tours, secured recording contracts, been featured at festivals such as SXSW , and have opened for signiﬁcant acts around the world. ® ® ® Photos by Ari Oh DISTINCTIVE AND COMPREHENSIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY BS, BM USC THORNTON REMAINS AT THE LEADING EDGE OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS, GIVING OUR STUDENTS THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED IN AN INDUSTRY THAT IS CHANGING FASTER THAN EVER. C R E AT I V I T Y A N D C O M M E R C E Our Music Industry program is geared toward students who want to obtain the comprehensive, practical knowledge needed to succeed in this rapidly evolving ﬁeld. Blending business and academics with practical, hands-on experience, a degree in Music Industry provides thorough preparation for careers in such areas as artist management, recording and production, music publishing, radio, music instrument manufacturing and distribution, live promotion and production, and arts management. Faculty in the program also are pioneers in exploring and expanding the musical capabilities and opportunities made possible by high-performance networks, including Internet2. Photo by Kristina Jacinth LEARNING FROM INDUSTRY LEADERS Our students gain comprehensive, up-to-the-minute knowledge from a faculty that includes seasoned professionals and also from stellar and frequent guest lecturers at the forefront of the business. Majors also beneﬁt greatly from USC’s location in Los Angeles, a vital hub for both music and entertainment. As networking and real-world experience are key to professional success, internships are required. The Thornton School’s many connections ensure that exciting training opportunities are readily available—many of which are exclusive to our program. 25 L O S A N G E L E S / L O C AT I O N A DYNAMIC HUB FOR THE MUSIC AND RECORDING INDUSTRY, LOS ANGELES OFFERS COUNTLESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASPIRING MUSICAL TALENTS, AND SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BOASTS MORE PERFORMANCE VENUES THAN ANY OTHER U.S. REGION. Our moderate year-round climate and close proximity to a vast array of cultural institutions such as nearby Walt Disney Hall, the Los Angeles Music Center, the GRAMMY Museum , the Staples Center, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, and other major cultural events are distinct advantages. ® In the midst of this entertainment capital, the USC Thornton School of Music provides a close-knit community of artists. We enjoy a strong relationship with inﬂuential leaders throughout the music, recording, and ﬁlm industries — many of whom are our alumni or faculty, including more than 30 percent of the members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and nearly 20 percent of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. For more information about the Thornton network, the USC campus, and Los Angeles please visit our website at www.usc.edu/music. 26 The USC Thornton network extends to every corner of the region, providing an unparalleled breadth of industry internships and everyday performance opportunities beyond the major orchestras—including studio recordings, scoring sessions, chamber concerts, club dates, church gigs, and casual venues. USC’s beautiful campus also is home to a wealth of performance spaces of all sizes. Our intimate environment for honing your craft and building your repertoire, paired with the region’s boundless potential for performing and networking with top professionals help make USC Thornton the perfect place to launch a rewarding career. 27 Photo by Kristina Jacinth Photo by Kristina Jacinth Photo by Kristina Jacinth COMPOSITION BM, MM, DMA CR E TAUGHT BY AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED FACULTY, OUR COMPOSITION STUDENTS ROUTINELY WIN NUMEROUS AWARDS AND HAVE ABUNDANT OPPORTUNITIES TO HEAR THEIR WORK PERFORMED. 28 L E A D I N G F A C U LT Y A N D G U E S T S S H O W C A S I N G TA L E N T Our curriculum offers thorough training in composition, musicianship, theory, analysis, orchestration, and counterpoint—with electives in electronic and computer music— all taught by active, professional composers who have earned major commissions, awards, recordings, and residencies. In addition to our star-powered faculty, the Composition Forum regularly provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with leading composers and contemporary artists from around the globe, such as Thomas Adès, eighth blackbird, Steve Reich, Joan Tower, and the late Henryk Górecki, among many others. A key emphasis is the regular performance of student compositions. Our annual New Music for Orchestra concert has premiered more than 200 USC Thornton student orchestral works. Other opportunities include Contemporary Music Ensemble concerts, the Composition Showcase, student recitals, and readings and performances by the school’s choruses, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and the chamber music ensembles. Our composition students are among the nation’s ﬁnest, as evidenced by the frequency with which they win major recognition, including ASCAP and BMI awards, New York Youth Symphony First Music commissions, Aspen and Tanglewood fellowships, and readings by the American Composers Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, to name just a few. SCORING FOR MOTION PICTURES AND TELEVISION GCRT T EA E R IN THE CENTER OF THE WORLD’S ENTERTAINMENT CAPITAL, USC THORNTON STUDENTS COMPOSE AND PRODUCE MUSIC FOR LIVE-ACTION MOVIES, DOCUMENTARIES, ANIMATED FILMS, AND VIDEO GAMES. U N R I VA L E D E X P E R I E N C E The USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program is one of the world’s most acclaimed programs of its kind. Our faculty are working professionals in the ﬁlm, television, and video game business, and have included such luminaries as Buddy Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, and David Raksin. This one-year, graduate-level SMPTV program offers unrivaled practical experience. Student composers collaborate with student ﬁlmmakers in the USC School of Cinematic Arts, producing music for more than 100 ﬁlms and 14 courses each year. INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS The weekly SMPTV forum provides our students with plentiful opportunities to interact with composers, directors, orchestrators, and conductors—often in feature ﬁlm scoring sessions at Sony, Fox, or Warner Bros., as well as on campus. Students also score projects with union musicians on Hollywood stages and in studios. Our internship and mentoring component features award-winning ﬁlm composers such as Michael Giacchino, Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri, and Randy Newman, as well as up-and-coming stars in the profession. Thornton alumni such as Marco Beltrami, Bruce Broughton, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Bear McCreary, and David Newman, many of whom have garnered frequent GRAMMY and Emmy nominations and awards, are similarly acclaimed in the ﬁeld. Photo by Andrew Craig ® ® 29 M U S I C E D U C AT I O N MAT, MM, DMA FLEXIBLE TRAINING To meet the diverse needs of students pursuing teaching careers, our Music Education department offers three degrees. The immersive, 13-month Master of Arts in Teaching is offered in collaboration with the USC Rossier School of Education, and culminates in both a Master’s degree and a California single subject certiﬁcation to teach music in public, preK-12 schools. The Master of Music offers advanced preparation for pre-college teaching and a seamless transition into the Doctor of Musical Arts. The DMA prepares students for collegiate teaching and research in traditional, 30 community-based, and online settings. It emphasizes ﬂexibility, from alternative class scheduling for working professionals with multiple options to the traditional dissertation, such as creating compositions appropriate for school-age ensembles or a series of articles for publication in major journals. The program also fosters rigorous scholarship and teaching with cutting-edge technological tools. DYNAMIC CURRICULUM AND RESEARCH Graduates of our Music Education program are in great demand for their expertise and breadth of training. The program encourages students to present and publish research, and to participate in international conferences. Our interdisciplinary research includes collaborations with the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. In addition to the many USC Thornton Outreach programs, our students are hired by the LA Phil to provide music education for urban children aged 2 to 5, as part of the Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) program led by Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Photo by Craig Mathew OFFERING INNOVATIVE PREPARATION FOR TEACHING IN A VARIETY OF SETTINGS, OUR MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAM DEVELOPS THE FUTURE LEADERS OF THE PROFESSION. OUTREACH USC THORNTON PROVIDES MUSIC EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT TO MORE THAN 2,800 LOCAL CHILDREN AT OUR PARTNER K-12 SCHOOLS EACH YEAR. DIVERSE AND FAR-REACHING PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES Giving back to our community is a fundamental tenet of USC and the Thornton School of Music. Our students help fulďŹ ll this mission by offering a wide range of music education opportunities free of charge to local schoolchildren in public K-12 schools, while gaining invaluable service-learning and hands-on teaching experiences. Through such activities as Meet the Instruments presentations, classes in beginning violin and guitar, and Adventures in Music, USC Thornton students provide private and group lessons and mentoring for children at 12 partner schools. Our students also design workshops to help teachers integrate music into their classrooms on a daily basis. Our weekly music classes taught to area school children by majors from various departments throughout the Thornton School culminate with endof-semester performances for parents and other K-12 youth. Our students create numerous other performance opportunities for local children by leading jazz ensembles, bands, and choirs. Our JazzReach program organizes three choirs and two bands at local schools, and also hosts a composition/arranging competition. In addition, the Thornton Outreach Program produces a recording of the JazzReach ensembles each year with assistance from students and faculty in our Music Industry program. 31 ALUMNI/STUDENT PROFILES THORNTON STUDENTS BEGIN ESTABLISHING PROFESSIONAL CAREERS WHILE ATTENDING USC THORNTON, AS DEMONSTRATED BY THESE RISING STARS: 32 PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI PAT R I C K G R E P P I BEAR MCCREARY Pianist Piotr Anderszewski has performed with many of the world’s major conductors including maestros Abbado, Denève, Dudamel, Gardiner, Haitink, and Nézet-Séguin. Mr. Anderszewski has received many awards, including the prestigious Gilmore award. He has also been the subject of two award-winning ﬁlms by Bruno Monsaingeon: “Piotr Anderszewski plays the Diabelli Variations” (2001) and “Piotr Anderszewski, Unquiet Traveller” (2008). Patrick Greppi ﬁnished his B.S. in Music Industry and earned a minor in Recording Arts. After graduation he held a number of prestigious and highly competitive positions at Sony Scoring Stage, Audio Effects and the Village Recorders. Patrick currently applies his skills at Apogee Electronics Corporation, a major music technology ﬁrm, as director of operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Composer Bear McCreary was launched into pop culture with his groundbreaking music score to SyFy’s hit series “Battlestar Galactica.” McCreary has many other television credits, including his swashbuckling score for “Human Target” which earned him his ﬁrst Emmy nomination. Bear’s feature ﬁlm work includes Disney’s “Step Up 3D,” which he scored for director and fellow USC alum Jon M. Chu. ROZZI CRANE LESLEY LEIGHTON PA U L I N E YA N G Singer-songwriter Rozzi Crane has opened for Earth, Wind & Fire, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, The Steve Miller Band, and Neal Schon of Journey. This summer she will join Sergio Mendes and his band as a lead singer on his European tour. Four of Rozzi’s original songs can be heard on Lifetime Television’s blockbuster hit “Sins of A Mother.” Vocalist Lesley Leighton performs with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as a principle artist and Associate Conductor. She has performed with many of the world’s most eminent conductors, including maestros Boulez, Dudamel, Maazel, Mehta, Rattle, Salonen, and Thornton alumnus Grant Gershon. Her opera credits include principal appearances with New York City Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Köln Opera, and Glyndebourne. Pianist Pauline Yang has made solo, concerto, and chamber music appearances throughout the world. She is also an Ambassador of Music for “Music in ME,” a Netherlandsbased non-proﬁt organization afﬁliated with the U.N. that brings music to children in the Middle East. Her USC education also prepared her to intern for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and other government internships in Taiwan. www.usc.edu/music Application Deadline: December 1 D E G R E E A B B R E V I AT I O N S BM = Bachelor of Music BA = Bachelor of Arts BS = Bachelor of Science MA = Master of Arts MAT = Master of Arts in Teaching MM = Master of Music GCRT = Graduate CertiďŹ cate ARTD = Artist Diploma DMA = Doctor of Musical Arts PhD = Doctor of Philosophy UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC OFFICE OF ADMISSION LOS ANGELES, CA 90089-0851 213 740 8986 800 872 2213 USCMUSIC@USC.EDU