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SMPTV alum Ramesh Kumar Kannan and faculty Bruce Broughton nominated for awards

November 24, 2015

A score by Ramesh Kumar Kannan (GCRT ’13), alumnus of the USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program, for the independent film Labyrinth, has been nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media awards. SMTPV faculty member Bruce Broughton was also nominated for the score for the series Texas Rising, which he co-wrote […]

Norman Krieger

Norman Krieger performs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

November 24, 2015

Pianist Norman Krieger, of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty, recently performed as part of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s UAB Piano Series, which was reviewed by ArtsBHAM as “a chance to hear a mature virtuoso in an intimate setting.” The review noted that “Krieger immediately captured the nature of [Beethoven’s] ‘The Tempest’ sonata […]

Alan Chan

Composer and alumnus Alan Chan awarded George Duke Commissioning Prize

November 23, 2015

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Alan Chan (DMA ’08) was selected as the recipient of George Duke Commissioning Prize, co-created by the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra and The ASCAP Foundation to honor the trailblazing musician, George Duke. Alan Chan’s music has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the American Composers Forum, New Music USA, and the […]

Paul Young

Paul Young visits University of the Pacific for lectures and masterclasses

November 20, 2015

Paul Young, trombonist and director of the USC Thornton Music Industry Minors program, visited his alma mater, the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California, for a series of lectures and masterclasses this week. In addition to working with UOP students on brass technique, Young also contributed to an Artist Management class, […]

Will Cravy

Bassist Will Cravy wins prize in Pasadena Showcase House competition

November 19, 2015

Double Bassist and current USC Thornton graduate student William Cravy (BM ‘14, MM ‘16) was awarded second prize and the accompanying $2,500 award in the 30th Annual Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. The competition was judged by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Cravy also has advanced to finals for the 2016 Jefferson International […]

Peter Bradley Adams

Singer-songwriter Peter Bradley Adams featured in Oklahoma concert

November 19, 2015

Singer-songwriter Peter Bradley Adams, a non-degreed USC Thornton alumnus, will be the featured performer at the Norman, Oklahoma, Winter Wind Concert this week. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Adams was drawn to Los Angeles in the mid-90s to study at USC Thornton’s famed Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program. He has since become […]


Composition students and alums win orchestral competitions

November 18, 2015

USC Thornton Composition students and alumni continue to garner accolades. Two major Midwestern orchestras will feature compositions by USC students and alumni. “Even in Paradise,” by Patrick O’Malley (MM ’15, DMA candidate), and “Kaman Fantasy,” by Saad Haddad (BM, ’14), will be performed as part of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Earshot program, under the baton […]

Peter Erskine

Peter Esrkine featured on the cover of “JAZZed” magazine

November 17, 2015

“One of the most celebrated jazz drummers of the past half century,” Peter Erskine, USC Thornton Jazz Studies professor and director of Drumset Studies, was featured as the cover story for the October issue of JAZZed magazine, one of the premier resources for jazz educators and music education advocacy for the past decade. In the […]

Ted Hearne

Ted Hearne’s oratorio, “The Source,“ released as album

November 16, 2015

Composer Ted Hearne, a faculty member of the USC Thornton Composition department, has released a new album of his oratorio, “The Source.” Built around short samples of spoken language, snippets of popular music, and disjointed instrumental riffs, the 2014 work examines the experience of US Army Private Chelsea Manning, who infamously leaked classified military documents […]

Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli’s “Radiant Voices” to be performed by Long Beach Symphony

November 13, 2015

An orchestral work by USC Thornton Composition professor Frank Ticheli will be performed by the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8:00pm. Ticheli’s bold and percussive “Radiant Voices,” composed in the after-light of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, will feature violin soloist Heather Clark, under the baton of conductor Edward Cumming. […]

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