In Thursday (4/2) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, David Ng reports, “The USC Thornton School of Music announced today that it is expanding its physical presence by 50% with the acquisition of three buildings on the university’s main campus. The buildings, which belonged to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, will transition to USC Thornton over the next two years and will be used as classrooms and rehearsal and performance spaces. … The school also confirmed today that four new undergraduate programs will launch in the fall 2009 semester. The programs will offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in popular music performance, choral music, vocal jazz and performing and visual arts studies, which is an interdisciplinary degree. The news was announced today … as part of USC Thornton’s 125th anniversary, which the school is celebrating this year with 125 days of performances and other events that will kick off in August. A webpage detailing the various festivities will launch in the next several days, according to the school.”

Posted April 3, 2009