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USC Thornton alumni receive ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

April 18, 2014

Alumni Eric Guinivan and Sarah Rimkus were recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The program provides recognition and cash awards to talented young composers in the concert music field.  The recipients will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May […]

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The Calder Quartet awarded Avery Fisher Career Grant

April 9, 2014

The Calder Quartet (Benjamin Jacobson, violin; Andrew Bulbrook, violin; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; Eric Byers, cello) was named as one of the recipients of the Avery Fisher Career Grants for 2014. The grants give professional assistance to instrumentalists judged to have exceptional career potential. Founded at USC, the Calder Quartet is known for the discovery, commissioning, […]

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New album from Adam and Rotem Gilbert named “Editors Choice” by Early Music Today

April 4, 2014

Early Music faculty Adam and Rotem Gilbert’s group Ciaramella was honored by Early Music Today for their recent CD Dances on Movable Ground. The publication gave the album the designation of “Editor’s Choice,” and lauded the release for its “expressive fluidity and rhythmic vitality.” Ciaramella is a Renaissance ensemble that has recorded for the Naxos […]


Kathleen Grace’s album “No Place to Fall” receives positive reviews

April 4, 2014

Arizona Daily Star featured No Place to Fall, the latest album by Kathleen Grace, USC Thornton alumna and current Jazz Studies faculty. The album was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Sheldon Gomberg. Though Grace has a jazz background, No Place to Fall features some songs with a more country and folk appeal inspired by her Tucson […]


Garry Schyman wins British Academy of Film and Television Arts award

April 4, 2014

Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television faculty Garry Schyman won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for his work on the video game Bioshock Infinite. Schyman has also received the D.I.C.E. award for “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition” from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in addition to the […]


Jenny Ching Yee Wong, DMA, selected to attend Oregon Bach Festival

March 25, 2014

Jenny Ching Yee Wong, DMA student in Choral Music, has been selected as one of 6-8 conductors worldwide to attend the prestigious Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon this summer. For three weeks, Jenny will be studying four major Bach choral-orchestral works and more with Helmuth Rilling and new artistic director Matthew Halls. Jenny will conduct the Festival Orchestra, choruses and […]

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Bear McCreary, Calder Quartet profiled by LA Times

March 21, 2014

USC Thornton alumnus Bear McCreary and the Calder Quartet — comprised of alumni Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook, Jonathan Moerschel and Eric Byers — were interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for a feature on McCreary’s work as the composer for the Starz series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” McCreary and the members of the Calder Quartet met while freshmen at USC […]


Los Angeles Master Chorale “Tribute to Lauridsen” reviewed by LA Times, Class Act

March 21, 2014

Last weekend’s sold-out Los Angeles Master Chorale event “Tribute to Lauridsen,” which honored the life and works of USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen, received positive reviews from a variety of local news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and classical music blog, Class Act. Times critic Richard Ginell called the evening an “extravagant gesture that […]


Bruce Forman’s band Cow Bop profiled in Monterey County Weekly

March 19, 2014

Jazz/Studio Guitar faculty Bruce Forman was recently interviewed by Monterey County Weekly for a profile on Cow Bop — the jazz-cowboy swing combo fronted by Forman and his wife, who performs under the name Pinto Pammy. Since forming a decade ago, Cow Bop has performed at the Montreal & Monterey Jazz Festivals, the Sisters Folk Festival, as well […]


Ambrose Akinmusire profiled by NPR Music, DownBeat Magazine

March 17, 2014

Jazz Studies faculty and USC Thornton alumnus Ambrose Akinmusire was recently interviewed by NPR Music to promote the release of his upcoming album, the imagined savior is far easier to paint. Akinmusire is also features on the cover of the April 2014 edition of DownBeat Magazine.

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