Trustee Conference

Thornton faculty and student performers featured at 2015 USC Trustee Conference

March 30, 2015

The USC Thornton Latin Jazz Ensemble and USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra were featured as part of the university’s 2015 Trustee Conference, which was held in La Quinta, California, during the last weekend of March. The Thornton Latin Jazz Ensemble presented an evening of Brazilian bossa nova under the guidance of Jazz Studies lecturer Aaron Serfaty
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Trevor Thompson

Alumni-produced film scoring documentary exceeds fundraising goals

March 30, 2015

“The Score,” a documentary film being produced in collaboration between USC Thornton and Annenberg School of Communication alum Trevor Thompson and notable alumni from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, recently secured over $120,000 in a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. The project exceeded its initial crowd-funding goal by over 200% and will begin pre-production. In an […]

Stefani Feldman

USC Thornton senior Stefani Feldman awarded Fulbright Scholarship

March 27, 2015

Clarinetist Stefani Feldman (BM ’15) has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. A student of USC Thornton faculty Yehuda Gilad and a USC Trustee Scholarship recipient, Feldman will travel to Oslo, Norway, to study with Björn Nyman, principal clarinetist of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, at the Norwegian Academy of Music for the […]

Jessica Hall

Keyboard Collaborative Arts alum Jessica Hall takes on coaching role with Minnesota Opera

March 27, 2015

Jessica Hall (MM ’09, GCRT ’11, DMA ’14, Keyboard Collaborative Arts), a graduate of the USC Thornton Keyboard Collaborative Arts program, will serve as Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist pianist and coach for the 2015-16 season. The highly competitive Resident Artist Program is a professional training ground for exceptional artists and musicians. Hall previously worked as […]

Morten Lauridsen

Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna heard around the world in a single week

March 26, 2015

USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen’s beloved choral work, Lux Aeterna, spanned the globe this week. On Sunday, March 22, Lauridsen’s work was performed by members of the Fairfax Choral Society at Carnegie Hall. On Friday, March 27, the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir, led by Choral & Sacred Music professor Suzi Digby, will perform Lux […]

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet releases new album

March 26, 2015

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, which features John Dearman, USC Thornton alum Matthew Greif, and USC Thornton faculty Scott Tenant and William Kanengiser, has released a new album, entitled New Renaissance. The recording, which evokes 16th century La Mancha with a distinctly modern aesthetic, was partially funded through a crowd-sourced Kickstarter campaign, which […]

Alan Chan

Alan Chan leads his ensemble in performance at El Camino College

March 25, 2015

USC Thornton alumni Alan Chan (DMA ’08), founder of the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, led the group in a performance at the El Camino College Center for Performing Arts on March 6. The band’s debut album Shrimp Tale received rave reviews from several critics. “Quick, clever, and well-executed shifts in mood, meter, and musical language […]

Joanna Demers

Musicology chair Joanna Demers speaks about “Blurred Lines” verdict on NPR radio

March 25, 2015

Joanna Demers, USC Thornton chair of Musicology, was a featured guest on the NPR radio show, “On Point with Tom Ashbrook.” Demers, whose research and teaching interests include popular and experimental music since 1945, weighed in on the music copyright fight involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell William’s 2013 mega-hit, “Blurred Lines.” A Los Angeles jury […]

Music industry

Members of the USC Thornton Board of Councilors offer career advice for aspiring professionals

March 24, 2015

The USC Thornton Alumni Association and Board of Councilors recently presented an interactive career panel for aspiring music industry professionals. Moderated by musician and producer Randy Jackson, the panel of industry veterans and members of the USC Thornton Board of Councilors offered Thornton students insight and advice about pursuing careers in artist management, music licensing […]


Doctoral student Eun Cho publishes two music education articles

March 24, 2015

USC Thornton Music Education doctoral candidate Eun Cho has had two articles published in music education journals. “What do mothers say? Korean mothers’ perceptions of children’s participation in extra-curricular musical activities” was published in Music Education Research, while The Korean Journal of Research in Music Education, published “Music education and intelligence: A literature review.” Cho […]

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