The USC Thornton School of Music is a private music school in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1884 only four years after the University of Southern California, the Thornton School is the oldest continually operating arts institution in Los Angeles. The school is located on the USC University Park Campus, south of Downtown Los Angeles.
USC Thornton is noted for blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with a forward-looking approach to training the next generation of musicians. Recognized internationally, the school is widely ranked as one of the top 10 university music programs in the country.
The USC Thornton School of Music was founded in 1884 and dedicated in 1999. It was named in honor of philanthropist Flora L. Thornton following a $25 million gift from her foundation. At the time, this was the largest donation to a school of music in the United States. In 2006, she donated an additional $5 million to support the facility needs of the school.
USC Thornton offers Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees in more than 20 disciplines across the school's three divisions – Classical Performance and Composition, Contemporary Music, and Research and Scholarly Studies. Many disciplines also offer graduate certificates.
Thornton is one of the few highly-regarded music schools in the United States to offer a degree program in early music. Students of baroque, renaissance and medieval music (vocal or instrumental) may enroll in a specialized degree program.
Thornton was one of the first universities to offer an undergraduate program in music industry, a program still regarded as among the best in the country, and currently offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Music Industry. Thornton offers the only comprehensive program in Scoring for Television and Film. It also has a program in studio guitar performance.
In 2017, USC Thornton launched new professional master's degree programs in Arts Leadership; Community Music; and Music Industry, designed to train musicians in new ways to imagine a contemporary music career.
In 2018, USC Thornton announced a new model of classical music education for undergraduate Classical Performance and Composition students. Hallmarks of USC Thornton's redesigned curriculum include restructured lessons, rehearsals, and classes to prepare students for a vibrant career in music.
- Bing Theatre
- Bovard Auditorium
- Carson Center
- Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall
- MacDonald Hall
- Newman Hall
- Ramo Hall
- Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall
- Songwriter's Theater
- Tommy's Place
In 2007, USC Thornton alumnus and Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen became the eighth classical composer to receive the National Medal of Arts. Two years later, in 2009, alumnus and Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC Michael Tilson Thomas also received the National Medal of Arts.
The following list is limited to individuals who have articles in Wikipedia.
- Camae Ayewa
- Stephen Hartke, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Composition
- Ted Hearne
- Veronika Krausas
- Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Composition
- Frank Ticheli
- Christopher Trapani
- Nina C. Young
- Peter Erskine
- Russell Ferrante
- Sara Gazarek
- Jason Goldman
- Alphonso Johnson
- Andy Martin
- Roy McCurdy
- Vince Mendoza
- Bob Mintzer
- Darek Oles
- Alan Pasqua
- Bob Sheppard
Vocal Arts and Opera
Winds and Percussion
- Michael Abels, composer
- Eric Abramovitz, principal clarinet Toronto Symphony Orchestra
- Lorin Alexander, composer
- Herb Alpert, trumpeter and co-founder of A&M Records
- Piotr Anderszewski, pianist
- Christophe Beck, film and television score composer
- Marco Beltrami, film score composer
- Alec Benjamin, singer and songwriter
- Robert Bernhardt, conductor
- Jerry Blackstone, choral conductor
- Bruce Broughton, composer
- Harold Budd, ambient/avant-garde composer
- Roberto Cani, concertmaster, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra
- Todd Carey, singer-songwriter and musician
- Reeve Carney, singer-songwriter and musician
- William Edward Childs, jazz pianist and composer
- Nicolas Chumachenco, violinist
- Gerald Clayton, jazz pianist
- Louis Cole, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter
- Rozzi Crane, singer-songwriter
- Daedelus, producer and multi-instrumentalist
- Tamar Davis, R&B singer
- John Dearman, classical guitarist
- Martin Denny, creator of exotica music
- Alan de Veritch, principal violist, New York Philharmonic; principal violist, Los Angeles Philharmonic
- Glenn Dicterow, retired concertmaster, New York Philharmonic
- Eldar Djangirov, jazz pianist
- Dean Drummond, composer and conductor
- William Eddins, conductor
- Taylor Eigsti, jazz pianist
- Jack Eskew, arranger/orchestrator
- Flea (Michael Balzary), bassist, trumpeter and actor
- Grace Fong, pianist and music educator
- Nmon Ford, baritone
- John Frizzell, film and television score composer
- Neil Galanter, concert pianist
- Kathryn Gallagher, singer and actress
- Sara Gazarek, jazz musician and singer
- Grant Gershon, conductor and pianist
- Rod Gilfry, opera baritone
- Renée Elise Goldsberry, actress
- Jerry Goldsmith, film score composer
- Ludwig Göransson, composer and conductor
- Annie Gosfield, composer
- Donald Grantham, composer and music educator
- Maria Grenfell, composer
- Danny Grissett, jazz pianist
- Tina Guo, cellist
- Thomas Hampson, lyric baritone
- Lionel Hampton, jazz musician
- Lisa Harriton, singer, songwriter and keyboardist
- Jane Henschel, soprano
- Wataru Hokoyama, composer
- Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
- James Horner, film score composer
- James Newton Howard, film score composer
- Matthew Howard, principal percussion Los Angeles Philharmonic
- Paul Jackson Jr., jazz fusion guitarist
- Tommy Johnson, film and television tubist, tuba pedagogue
- Martin Katz, piano accompanist, conductor and music educator
- King Princess, singer and songwriter (incomplete degree)
- Rudolf Koelman, violinist, professor and recording artist
- Thomas Kotcheff, composer
- Robert Kral, film score composer
- Giorgi Latso, concert pianist and composer
- Morten Lauridsen, composer
- Benjamin Lees, composer
- Christopher Lennertz, film and television score composer
- Charles Lloyd, jazz musician
- Bear McCreary, television score composer
- Mark McKenzie, composer
- Angela Meade, Metropolitan Opera principal artist, soprano
- Moontower, electro-pop trio
- Ronald Muldrow, jazz musician
- MUNA, electronic pop band
- Roger Neill, film and television score composer
- Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano
- Martin O'Donnell, composer for video games
- Dwight Parry, principal oboe, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
- Christopher Parkening, classical guitarist
- Leonard Pennario, pianist
- Jeff Peterson, slack key guitarist
- P. Q. Phan, composer of contemporary classical music
- Cynthia Phelps, principal violist, New York Philharmonic
- Elizabeth Pitcairn, violinist
- Harvey Pittel, saxophonist
- Gene Pokorny, principal tuba, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
- Basil Poledouris, film score composer
- Harve Presnell, singer and actor
- Brian Ralston, film score composer
- Robert Ralston, pianist and organist
- Lee Ritenour, session musician
- Jessica Rivera, soprano
- Leroy Robertson, composer and music educator
- Douglas Romayne, film and television score composer
- Nathaniel Rosen, cellist
- Elizabeth Rowe, principal flute, Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Patrice Rushen, R&B singer, songwriter, composer and pianist
- Stefan Sanderling, conductor
- Andrew Sandwick, bass clarinet Boston Symphony Orchestra
- William Schmidt, composer
- Garry Schyman, composer for film, television and video games
- Tom Scott, session musician
- Jason Solowsky, film score composer
- Lya Stern, violinist
- Thomas Stevens, trumpeter, composer and educator
- Tomas Svoboda, composer and music educator
- Salli Terri, singer and songwriter
- Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor, composer and pianist
- Fiona Thompson, cellist
- Martin Tillman, composer and cellist
- Oleg Timofeyev, musicologist and classical guitarist
- Dale Turner, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer/arranger
- Zeynep Üçbaşaran, pianist
- Video Game Pianist (Martin Leung), classical pianist
- Walter Werzowa, composer and founder of Musikvergnuegen
- Mack Wilberg, conductor, composer and arranger; director, Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- Remi Wolf, singer and songwriter
- Andrew York, classical guitarist and composer
- 24kGoldn, artist and rapper (incomplete degree)
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- USC Thornton Polish Music Center website
- Screen Scoring website
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