As part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series, Andrew Norman and Sean Friar will be featured with fellow composers Andrew McIntosh and Julia Holter as part of the concert, L.A. Now: New Angeleno Composers, on Tuesday, December 3 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Norman and Friar, both Rome Prize winners, recently joined the […]
Musicology Chair Joanna Demers’ essay, “Tim Hecker and Revisited Tragedy,” recently appeared in Headphone Commute, a periodical devoted to electronica. In addition to electronic musician and sound artist Tim Hecker’s latest album, Virgins, the essay also addresses tragic art. Demers is the author of two books, Listening Through the Noise: the Aesthetics of Experimental Electronic Music (Oxford University Press, October […]
Chris Sampson, Vice Dean of the Contemporary Music Division and Founder of Popular Music Program, will participate in the American Voices Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on November 22-24. Incorporating master sessions, panel discussions and performances, the festival will bring together some of the nation’s top vocalists and industry professionals in pop, […]
The Hollywood Reporter listed the USC Thornton School of Music as one of the top music schools in the country, and a “springboard to the industry.” The story noted that Elton John performed twice with Thornton students in September, including on stage at the Emmys. “USC has the finest film/TV music program in the country,” […]
The Portland Tribune and The Oregonian announced that composition faculty Morten Lauridsen completed a residency in Portland, Oregon, including a large-scale performance of his Lux Aeterna and other significant choral repertoire with the choirs of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Lewis & Clark College and Marylhurst University, along with members of the Oregon Symphony, on November […]
Composition faculty Veronika Krausas won the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition, for Analemma for 11 Musicians, at Indiana State University’s 47th Contemporary Music Festival. Krausas also gave a lecture about her music to the students at Indiana State University.
Thornton alumnus Troy Armstrong recently won the Marilyn K. Glick Young Composers Competition at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for his piece, Supercell. Part of his reward includes subscription performances in April 2014 with ISO. Armstrong is the third Thornton student in four years to win the competition.
Robert Cutietta, Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, was included in the U.S. State Department’s eJournal USA magazine article on why international music students choose to study at American universities.
Popular music sophomore Malia Civetz recently performed at the Dream Foundation Gala in Santa Barbara which honored Barry Manilow with its Humanitarian Award. Malia also performed the Canadian and U.S. national anthems at the Staples Center, when the L.A. Kings took on the Edmonton Oilers.
USC Thornton Popular Music students Rees Finley (junior), Divya Maus (senior), Anna Schulze (senior), Austin Smith (sophomore), and Jimmy Villaflor (junior) were selected to perform their original music as opening acts for The Beach Boys’ October 25th concert at Bovard Auditorium. These students opened the sold-out concert with five songs related to the style or themes of […]