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USC Thornton School of Music

shsjjshsjj Posts: 31Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2012 in Music Major
Hi I was wondering which professors were good at USC for piano performance and how many transfer students do they usually take for the fall semester? Is it harder to get in as a transfer student than as a freshman?
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  • violadadvioladad Posts: 6,640Registered User Senior Member
    Not relevant to your questions, but I just wanted to mention the recent Thorton visit post here http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/1061200055-post108.html
  • mamenyumamenyu Posts: 1,520Registered User Senior Member
    three possibilities: John Perry, Antoinette Perry, Daniel Pollack.
    John Perry is probably not really available for the undergrads -- he also is the sole piano professor at Colburn.
  • USCmusicianUSCmusician Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    (I disagree with the three choices above.)

    All teachers are great here. Remember, it's not important WHERE you are, but what you DO. I don't think it really matters whether you're transferring or new. They just want a good performer.
  • mamenyumamenyu Posts: 1,520Registered User Senior Member
    it would be more helpful to say why you disagree or give some positive suggestions...hard to see how it could be negative to study with someone as prominent as John Perry though.
  • USCmusicianUSCmusician Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    I was just saying that I disagree to those three (or anyone else for that matter) being labeled as the best. All teachers are good-- and they're all different. I never said anything negative about Mr. Perry.

    There are more choices than three teachers: In fact, there are 8 who teach undergraduate piano performance majors. (excluding Mr. Perry, he is no longer around much.)
    USC Thornton School of Music : Academic Programs: Keyboard Studies
  • mamenyumamenyu Posts: 1,520Registered User Senior Member
    3 possibilities was not meant to exclude anyone else -- I've heard good things about those three and know nothing about the others. John Perry is one of the best-reputed piano teachers in the U.S. He is now at Colburn, though, and had been teaching mostly graduate students at USC.
  • Georgia GirlGeorgia Girl Posts: 3,744Registered User Senior Member
    If you have a few moments it might be interesting to visit the Thornton School of Music website and see the accomplishments of the piano teachers who are not familiar to you.
    Lucinda Carver has been with the Thornton School about 10 years. Below are a few highlights from her extensive biography, with emphasis on her career as a harpsichordist and pianist. (From Faculty Profiles-Thornton School of Music)
    Lucinda Carver-Senior Lecturer-Keyboard Studies and Conducting
    Piano, Harpischord, Instrumental Conducting

    As a Fulbright Fellow she concertized extensively throughout Europe. She has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Musica Angelica, Capella Salisburgensis and Manhattan Philharmonic. Frequently took dual role as soloist/conductor in Mozart piano concerti with the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. Performed at various music festivals as featured soloist including Carmel Bach Festival and Prince George Music Festival. Her performances have been broadcast across the U.S. on NPR.
    Active in in both the symphonic and operatic arenas, she has been proclaimed by Bernard Holland of the N.Y. Times "a find....a first-rate conductor". She was music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra from 92 to 01.
    Ms. Carver earned her doctor of musical arts from USC Thornton, an Artist Diploma from the Salzbrug "Mozarteum" and a master of music from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include pianists Murray Perahia, Gary Graffman and John Perry.
  • MsMzPaMsMzPa Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    Does anyone know how many USC piano performance teachers take graduate students?

    Also, what are you guy's thoughts on USC and UCLA, level wise/opportunities etc. Not sure hwich is the best choice for MM piano performance.
  • BassDadBassDad Posts: 5,381Registered User Senior Member
    MsMzPa, if this question is more than theoretical and you have acceptances to either or both of those schools, please let us know over on the http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/music-major/1260441-master-list-music-school-acceptances-fall-2012-a.html
  • pointegirlpointegirl Posts: 125Registered User Junior Member
    I may be wrong. D informed me last week that USC let go of John Perry. Can someone from USC confirm this.
  • Georgia GirlGeorgia Girl Posts: 3,744Registered User Senior Member
    Listed on the website for Keyboard Studies are:

    Bernadene Blaha
    Lucinda Carver
    Kevin Fitz-Gerald
    Stewart Gordon
    Aron Kallay
    Norman Krieger
    Sung Hwa Park
    Antoinette Perry
    John Perry
    Daniel Pollack

    Chair: Alan L. Smith

    There was no announcement on the university website as of today.

    Thornton Collaborative Arts

    Alan L. Smith--Director
    Kevin Fitz-Gerald
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