Annelle Gregory (BM, ’17) records album with USC Thornton DMA candidate Alexander Sinchuk

September 18, 2014

Current USC Thornton Strings student Annelle Gregory (BM, ’17) recently released an album of violin and piano works featuring  USC Thornton DMA student, Alexander Sinchuk. The album, Annelle K. Gregory & Alexander Sinchuk: Grieg, Mozart, Szymanowski, includes Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major by Mozart, Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano by Grieg, and Nocturne and […]


John Russell (DMA,’ 13) named artistic director of San Diego Master Chorale

September 18, 2014

John Russell (DMA,’ 13) was named artistic director of the San Diego Master Chorale. Russell previously worked as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at California State University, San Bernardino. While at CSUSB, he taught applied voice, as well as courses in choral conducting, choral literature and music education. Russell is also […]


DMA student Yoshika Masuda wins first prize at All-Japan VIVA HALL Cello Competition

September 17, 2014

Current USC Thornton doctoral student Yoshika Masuda was awarded first prize at the 11th All-Japan VIVA HALL Cello Competition in July 2014. Masuda, who studies cello under USC Thornton Strings faculty Ralph Kirshbaum, was awarded 1,000,000 Yen ($10,000 USD) and a certificate of commendation for his achievement. Additionally, Masuda will perform several high-profile concerts in Japan in […]


William Cravy (BM, ’14) named National Arts Centre Orchestra apprentice at the Institute for Orchestral Studies

September 17, 2014

Recent USC Thornton alumnus William Cravy (BM, ’14) was selected as a performing apprentice for the Canadian National Arts Centre Orchestra (NAC) as part of the orchestra’s Institute for Orchestral Studies. Cravy, a double bassist who studied with Strings faculty David Allen Moore and was a three-time Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellow at USC, is one of five apprentices for […]

Kate Belshé (MM, '13) will conduct roughly 120 musicians in her new position as conductor of the Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir in Israel.

Kate Belshé (MM, ’13) appointed conductor of Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir

September 16, 2014

USC Thornton Choral and Sacred Music alumna Kate Belshé (MM, ’13) was appointed conductor of the Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir in Israel. The choir sings a varied repertoire of classical liturgical and secular music from the Renaissance to the present, including Israeli and Jewish music and arrangements of songs from around the world. The choir performs regularly […]


Hans Kristian Goldstein (MM, ’15) and Erick Chong (BM, ’18) place in top five at Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition

September 16, 2014

Current USC Thornton students Hans Kristian Goldstein (MM, ’15) and Erick Chong (BM, ’18) triumphed in the final rounds of this year’s Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition held in Harbin, China. Both students competed in the Professional Cello Division, with Goldstein placing third and Chong placing fifth. Chong also took home fourth place in the Chamber Ensemble Division with his […]

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Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane to tour with Maroon 5 in early 2015

September 15, 2014

USC Thornton alumna Rozzi Crane will open for the popular rock band Maroon 5 and Canadian band, Magic! on a 2015 North American tour. Crane, a former student in USC Thornton’s groundbreaking popular music program, was the first artist to be signed to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s record label, 222 Records. She has since worked and toured with […]


USC Thornton Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen honored at Bay Area choir festival

September 15, 2014

USC Thornton Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen was the guest of honor at this May’s “Morten Lauridsen Festival” in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event was held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Valley Concert Chorale. The 2007 National Medal of Arts recipient hosted workshops for local high school and college choirs, as well as for […]


Matthew Nielsen (DMA ’16) awarded Barlow Endowment Foundation commission

September 11, 2014

Current USC Thornton DMA student in Choral Music, Matthew Nielsen (DMA ’16), was awarded a Barlow Endowment Foundation commission to craft new work that will premiere in 2016 as a part of the Endowment’s performing consortium. Nielsen, who is currently studying under the tutelage of USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen, was selected from […]


Ken Cazan’s staging work on “As One” reviewed by New York Times, Wall Street Journal

September 11, 2014

Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts department and resident stage director of USC Thornton Opera, recently directed Laura Kaminsky’s “As One” — a chamber opera commissioned by American Opera Projects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fishman Space. Hailed by both The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal for its […]

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