Jon Burlingame and Daniel Carlin interviewed on NPR about score for Academy Award-winning film “Birdman”

February 25, 2015

USC Thornton faculty Jon Burlingame and Daniel Carlin were interviewed on NPR about the ineligibility of the score for the film, “Birdman.” The movie picked up several major Academy Awards Sunday night, including Best Picture, but the score, propelled by the unaccompanied jazz drumming of Antonio Sanchez, was declared ineligible for Oscar consideration. Burlingame, a […]

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Rozzi Crane featured on NBC during tour with Maroon 5

February 25, 2015

USC Thornton alumna Rozzi Crane was interviewed on NBC in South Florida about her current tour in support of Maroon 5 and her new EP “Space” that was released on February 16th. She also performed her new single, “Psycho.” “Space” features the first four songs off her debut album due out later this year. The […]

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Joanna Demers featured on the Today Show

February 24, 2015

NBC’s Joe Fryer interviewed Joanna Demers, chair of the Musicology program, in a segment for the Today Show about the pending trial to answer whether the Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams hit “Blurred Lines” sounds too much like soul singer Marvin Gaye’s 70’s hit “Got to Give It Up.”

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Yoon-Hee Jung performs with Los Angeles Opera

February 24, 2015

USC Thornton DMA student Yoon-Hee Jung performed with the Los Angeles Opera as principal Baroque flute in the production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The show ran for six weeks last fall and was praised by the Los Angeles Times for its “exquisite Baroque miniature” that was “as gorgeous to behold as anything the company […]

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Vicente Chavarria awarded Belgian American Education Foundation Fellowship

February 23, 2015

USC Thornton DMA student in early music, Vicente Chavarria, was awarded a Belgian American Education Foundation Fellowship. Chavarria will study for a one-year postdoc at KU Leuven in Belgium with Professor David Burn, one of the foremost scholars of Renaissance polyphony in Europe. Chavarria serves as artistic director of Flos Campi, an early music ensemble […]


Alison Maggart presents paper at American Musicological Society

February 20, 2015

USC Thornton student Alison Maggart (PhD ’15) presented her paper “America’s Past(time): Baseball, Atemporality, and Milton Babbitt’s Whirled Series,” at the American Musicological Society as a part of the American Modernisms portion of the annual meeting. Maggart, currently in pursuit of a PhD in Historical Musicology, is a recipient of a University of Southern California […]

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Andrew Norman and Ted Hearne profiled in article on the influence of composer Thomas Adès

February 18, 2015

Composition faculty Andrew Norman (BM ’02, MM ’04) and Ted Hearne were profiled in The New York Times about the influence of British composer Thomas Adès. Norman will see one of his works performed with a piece by Adès in a concert sponsored by Carnegie Hall at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library on February […]

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Robert Istad named artistic director of Pacific Chorale

February 18, 2015

Choral and Sacred Music graduate, Robert Istad (DMA ’06) will become artistic director of the Pacific Chorale. Istad has served 10 years as assistant conductor under the current artistic director, John Alexander, who will retire in 2017. Istad currently holds the position as artistic director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and the Long Beach […]

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Garry Schyman nominated for BAFTA for Best Original Music for video-game “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor”

February 17, 2015

Garry Schyman, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television faculty member and Thornton alum, received a British Academy of Film and Television Award nomination for Best Original Music for his work for video-game “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.” The game is set in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe. Schyman previously won the BAFTA for […]

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David Howard, Joseph Pereira featured in Los Angeles Times series “Inside the L.A. Phil”

February 13, 2015

USC Thornton faculty David Howard and Joseph Pereira were featured in the Los Angeles Times weeklong look at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Inside the L.A. Phil. Howard, bass clarinet in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was featured in a video discussing his instrument. “The most important thing about playing a wind instrument is the wind. It’s […]

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