USC Thornton School of Music

As a new academic year begins once again, we are overjoyed that after a year of remote learning USC Thornton students are back on campus, filling our halls with exceptional music! 


COVID-19 and Performance Streaming Updates

This fall the Thornton School has instituted a matrix of safety measures designed to allow us to continue in our in-person, musically collaborative environment. In addition to being in full compliance with greater USC’s health and safety guidelines including COVD-19 vaccination and masking indoors, USC Thornton students, faculty and staff that are participating in in-person aerosol-producing activity—including singing, wind playing and related activities— will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with no exceptions.

Because we may not be able to accommodate in-person audiences until later in the semester, the Thornton School is exploring streaming options for friends and family to view student performances online. We will continue to offer updates as they are available. 


New and Improved Facilities

While the COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with tremendous challenges, it has also given us a unique opportunity to address persistent shortcomings in Thornton’s physical spaces. Considering most of our instruction and administrative functions were remote, this summer we began embarking on perhaps the most significant re-configuration to our physical space ever. Aside from the overarching goal of better meeting our students’ needs, this plan addresses some of our most pressing instructional and administrative needs as well. We could not have accomplished this without the generous support of donors who made much of this new construction and remodeling possible. We thank each of you! 


USC Thornton Welcomes New Faculty


This fall, USC Thornton welcomes new faculty members! We welcome our new full-time faculty Camae Dennis, Assistant Professor of Composition and William Coppola, Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning. 

Additionally, we welcome our new part-time faculty Catherine Karoly, Adjunct Instructor of Flute Performance; Melissa Treinkman and Daniel Lincoln, PT Lecturers in Musical Theatre; Douglas Petty, Adjunct Instructor in Popular Music; Sophie Reeves, Adjunct Instructor in Music Industry; and Daniel Allas, Nicolas Benevides and Juan Pablo Contreras, PT Lecturers in Music Theory and Aural Skills. 

And finally, we welcome our one-year visiting faculty Christopher Trapani, Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition. 


Our Goal

Our students are offered unique real-world opportunities by studying in Los Angeles, and we are so excited to be able to welcome them back to campus this fall. 

The unbelievable opportunities that our students have at Thornton would not be possible without support from our generous donors, like you. Every gift to Thornton, no matter the size, directly impacts the lives of our students and ensures Thornton is a leading force in music for the 21st century. 

Together, we can make a lasting impact that will forever change the landscape for the USC Thornton School of Music, the community and the world of music.