Student Lani Renaldo opens for Halsey at the Shrine

September 30, 2016

This past summer, USC Thornton Music Industry student Lani Renaldo performed as the opening act for the singer Halsey at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Renaldo and Halsey first met through through the web video series Samsung Level Music Lab in February. After writing for Halsey, Renaldo was asked to open for the artist […]


Cellist Marek Szpakiewicz appointed as Assistant Professor at APU

September 30, 2016

USC Thornton alumnus Marek Szpakiewicz (MM ’01, DMA ‘08) has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Cello Studies at Azusa Pacific University’s (APU) School of Music. Szpakiewicz has been teaching cello at APU since 2005 and is the Director of Chamber Music. Szpakiewicz’s students have performed as soloists with the APU Symphony Orchestra and have […]


Thornton celebrates new music from “Noon to Midnight” this Saturday with the LA Phil

September 29, 2016

On Saturday, October 1st, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will welcome the city’s most adventurous music audiences to Walt Disney Concert Hall (WDCH) for a day-long celebration of contemporary composition, Noon to Midnight. In addition to performances by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, wasteLAand, Monday Evening Concerts, Chris Kallmyer, gnarwhallaby, and Lucky Dragons, six cutting-edge ensembles […]


Alumna Julia Newmann’s “Bones Orchestral Suite” performed live

September 28, 2016

A work by Composition alumna Julia Newmann (BM ’03) was recently performed by a 55-piece orchestra as part of “The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live.” A collaboration between Grand Performances and The Alliance for Women Film Composers, the event was a celebration of 21 film, television, and videogame scores by female composers. Newmann, who has […]


Kaleidoscope 2016-17 season includes several Thornton premieres

September 26, 2016

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra has released plans for its 2016-17 season. Following an ambitious international call for scores, the ensemble will premiere works by USC Thornton alumni Saad Haddad (BM’14, composition), Patrick O’Malley (MM’15, composition), and Gernot Wolfgang (GCRT ’94, film scoring), as well as Thornton doctoral candidate, Julia Adolphe, among others. Currently in its […]


Alum Toby Sherriff recognized for work on animated film

September 23, 2016

Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Toby Sherriff (GCRT ’15, scoring for motion pictures and television) recently received a SOCAN Foundation Award for his music for Charles Kenhao Mai’s animated film, Parkability. The SOCAN Foundation recognizes Canadian composers aged 30 years or younger for specific musical works in five categories of concert music. Sheriff took 3rd […]


Jazz Studies alumni contribute tips for a successful music career

September 22, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Amber Navran (BM ’12, jazz studies) has contributed to a feature article on that presents jazz majors with advice for building a music career after college. Navaran suggests that it’s important to stay positive, to support peers in the music industry, and to be open to performing different types of music. […]


Winds & Percussion alumni enjoy strong presence in Mexican orchestra

September 21, 2016

Three USC Thornton Winds & Percussion alumni are currently performing in the Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río in Veracruz, Mexico. Katie Upton (MM ’16) has been the co-principal horn for the orchestra since last year. This year, Jayson Heubusch (GCRT ’16) is the orchestra’s new principal bassoonist, while Zack Borowiec (MM ’16) is the […]


Alex Hahn and Jon Hatamiya join the Thelonious Monk Institute

September 20, 2016

Two USC Thornton Jazz Studies alums, saxophonist Alex Hahn (’16, jazz studies) and trombonist Jon Hatamiya (’16, jazz studies), have been admitted to the highly-regarded Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. Each fall, the two-year, full-scholarship program admits an ensemble of seven talented jazz musicians to study both individually and as a group. Jon Hatamiya […]


Strings students shine in competition

September 19, 2016

Students of the USC Thornton Strings department have shown excellent performance in recent competitions across the United States. Cellist Gabriel Martins, a student of Ralph Kirshbaum, won the concerto competition at the Aspen Music Festival and School last summer, performing Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1. Martins was also selected to perform the Hidemith Cello Concerto […]

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