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Alumnus named Conducting Fellow for Long Beach Symphony

March 29, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music alumnus Daniel Gee (MM ’15, Choral Music) was recently appointed Conducting Fellow for the Long Beach Symphony. Gee will work closely with exceptional conductors and musicians, including incoming music director Eckart Preu, to learn the inner workings of a professional orchestra. A cellist, educator, and composer, Gee recently premiered […]


Vice Dean Chris Sampson remembers legendary guitarist Chuck Berry

March 28, 2017

USC Thornton Vice Dean of Contemporary Music, Chris Sampson, was recently quoted in a Los Angeles Wave article honoring the life of legendary guitarist Chuck Berry, who passed away earlier this month. Describing Berry as “a great rock poet” whose lyricism and stage presence brought a new interpretation to R&B music, Sampson explained that Berry’s […]


Lindsay Wolfington and Music Industry alumni receive Guild of Music Supervisor nominations

March 27, 2017

A number of USC Thornton Music Industry faculty and alumni were nominated for 2017 Guild of Music Supervisor Awards. Faculty member Lindsay Wolfington and alumna Heather Guibert (’06, music industry) were each nominated for Best Music Supervision in a Television Drama – for The Royals and Rosewood, respectively – while Guibert was also nominated for […]


Peter Erskine quoted in LA Times article about “La La Land”

March 24, 2017

Peter Erskine, legendary jazz drummer and director of Drumset Studies at USC Thornton, was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times article about his work as a session musician for the award-winning film, La La Land. The film explores a musician’s crisis of conscience about performing music simply to earn a paycheck. “I look at […]


Jo-Michael Scheibe authors “Teaching Music through Performance in Choir”

March 23, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music chair Jo-Michael Scheibe (DMA ’85) is the editor and author of the 4th volume of GIA Publications’ Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir. In it, Scheibe discusses the importance of consonants in choral music and the shaping of healthy, vibrant tones. The volume, which was recently released at the […]


Choral Music alumna combines music and neuroscience to treat Parkinson’s

March 22, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music alumna Bronte Ficek (’15, Choral Music) explores the effects of group singing on patients with Parkinson’s Disease in her work as a clinical neuroscience researcher at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. As part of her research, Ficek acts as assistant and accompanist for the Parkisonics, a choir for […]


Julia Adolphe premieres new work with LACO

March 21, 2017

Julia Adolphe (MM ’12, composition), a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Composition program, premiered a new work with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) last week as part of the ensemble’s Sound Investment commission series. The 13-minute piece, Shiver and Bloom, which the Los Angeles Times described “beautifully scored,” was conducted by LACO music […]


Choral alumnus David Means leads South Texas choir

March 20, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music alumnus David Means (DMA ’97, choral music) is the founder of the Valley Choral Artists, South Texas’s first semi-professional chamber choir. He formed the ensemble in 2013 after he was appointed Director of Choral Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Following a highly successful 2015 performance […]


Strong USC Thornton showing in LA Phil’s 2017-18 season

March 17, 2017

The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) recently announced its 2017-18 concert season, which includes featured performances by numerous USC Thornton faculty and alumni. In December, the Calder Quartet, which includes Thornton alumni Benjamin Jacobson (BM’01, MM’07, violin), Andrew Bulbrook (BM ’02, violin), Jonathan Moerschel (BM ’01, MM ’03, viola) and Eric Byers (BM ’03, cello), […]


Frank Potenza to be honored in native Rhode Island

March 16, 2017

Frank Potenza, a member of USC Thornton’s Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. The Providence native lived in Rhode Island until the 1980’s and formerly taught at the Rhode Island School of Music. Potenza, who is an active performer, composer and arranger, has released 9 solo albums […]


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