Ted Hearne featured in The Wall Street Journal

October 31, 2014

Ted Hearne, assistant professor of composition at USC Thornton, was featured in an article by The Wall Street Journal for his work, The Source. The composition is based on text by the activist group WikiLeaks and former United States Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, famous for releasing the largest set of classified documents ever leaked […]


Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet, featuring Jazz Studies alumni, release debut album

October 30, 2014

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet – which features USC Thornton alumni Andrew Boyle (BM ’12, MM ’14), Misha Adair Bigos (MM, ’14), JJ Kirkpatrick (MM, ’14), and Gary Wicks (MM, ’13) – released their debut album in September 2014 via Yarlung Records. The self-titled album was recorded on campus at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute in Camilleri Hall and was praised by The […]


Morten Lauridsen honored at “Shining Night Festival” in Toronto

October 29, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Composition and USC Thornton School of Music alumnus Morten Lauridsen was the subject of a recent day-long festival held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada. The Shining Night Festival, which took place on October 25, included a gala concert, a screening of the 2012 Lauridsen documentary Shining Night, and a one-on-one conversation with […]


Weicheng Zhao (MM ’14, DMA ’16) and Fang Gao (GCRT, ’16) to perform at Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium

October 28, 2014

Current USC Thornton doctoral candidate Weicheng Zhao (MM ’14, DMA ’16) is one of two organists to perform on the Young Artists’ Platform during the Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium.  His wife Fang Gao (GCRT, ’16), who is currently a student in the Early  Music program, will join him in a concert at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in […]


Leland Sun (BM ’86, MM ’91) to perform works by Ren-Liang Wong (MM, ’83) at Tianjin Conservatory of Music

October 27, 2014

Leland Sun (BM ’86, MM ’91) will perform in a retrospective of works by fellow USC Thornton alumnus Ren-Liang Wong (MM, ’83) at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in Tianjin, China on November 12. This concert will feature works written following the composer’s immigration to the United States including Six Sketches (1983), which Sun premiered at USC, […]


Francine Nguyen-Savaria (GCRT, ’13) to perform at Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium

October 24, 2014

Francine Nguyen-Savaria (GCRT, ’13) is one of two organists selected to perform on the Young Artists’ Platform during the Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium in Canada. She will perform the complete works for organ by Brahms over two recitals: at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary on October 29, and at the Wyatt Recital […]


Bradley Sroka (PhD, ’14) participates in USC research on popular music

October 22, 2014

Bradley Sroka (PhD, ’14) led a team of USC Thornton graduate students in a project that analyzed the psychology of music and what makes a “hit song.” The researchers analyzed over a thousand No. 1 songs on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 list between 1958 and 2012, in addition to the 1,451 songs that never climbed above No. […]


Cherry Rhodes to perform at Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh

October 21, 2014

USC Thornton faculty member Cherry Rhodes will play the opening recital on the Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh, presented by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, on October 26 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rhodes will play selections by Brahms, Bach, Moussorgsky and Antalffy-Zsiross. The series is dedicated to promoting the performance, recognition and appreciation of organ music as an art form.


Andrew Stenvall (MM, ’15) awarded position of Principal Percussion with Illinois Symphony Orchestra

October 20, 2014

Current USC Thornton Percussion student, Andrew Stenvall (MM, ’15), recently won the position of Principal Percussion with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. A student of USC Thornton’s Joseph Pereira and Jim Babor, Stenvall also participated in a trial week with the Winston Salem Symphony for a section percussion position. Additionally, he was also a runner-up for […]


Tess Remy-Schumacher (MM ’89, DMA ’98) co-founds Center for Historical Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma

October 17, 2014

Tess Remy-Schumacher (MM ’89, DMA ’98) co-founded the first Center for Historical Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma with Dr. Ted Honea. Remy-Schumacher, who first attended USC Thornton as a Fulbright Scholar, completed her doctoral studies in Cello Performance under the supervision of celebrated USC Thornton faculty, the late Eleonore Schoenfeld. Remy-Schumacher currently serves as Professor […]

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