Sean Nye

Sean Nye publishes paper on influential Apple designer

April 20, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology professor Sean Nye recently released a scholarly publication about Hartmut Esslinger, the first lead designer for the Apple corporation. Esslinger worked at Apple with Steve Jobs from 1982-1986 and also designed with companies such as Sony and Microsoft. Sean Nye is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities in the USC Thornton […]


Kiven opens for indie band Sad Robot on recent tour

April 20, 2015

The rock band Kiven, which features several USC Thornton alumni, recently completed a series of performances opening for the indie rock group Sad Robot. Kiven is comprised of alumni Daniel Schnair (BA ’11), Tyler Demorest (BS ’11), Jake Reed (MM ’10, DMA ’13) and USC alumnus Matt Cohen (BS ’11). The band released its debut […]


Percussion students win placements with summer festivals

April 17, 2015

Several USC Thornton percussion students have been awarded placements with summer festival ensembles. Steve Logan (GRCT’ 15) won the position of principal timpani with the National Repertory Orchestra, while Johnathan Wisner (MM’16) won the principal timpani position with Bard College’s Orchestra Now in addition to a percussion spot with the National Repertory Orchestra. Brice Burton […]

Ronald McCurdy

Ron McCurdy composes jazz soundtrack for new stage play

April 16, 2015

Music composed by USC Thornton Jazz Studies professor Ron McCurdy served as a backdrop for Dreaming of Harlem Under a Southern Sky, a new play by Gabrielle Pina that premiered at USC’s Bovard Auditorium on March 28th. The play, which tells the story of three women from New Orleans who travel to Harlem during the […]

Joanna Demers

Joanna Demers shares insight into the history of Sci-Fi music

April 16, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology professor Joanna Demers was recently featured on NPR affiliate WBUR Boston speaking about the history of musical composition in science fiction film and television. On the Stylus radio show “The Sound of Science Fiction”, Demers spoke about composer Vangelis’ soundtrack for the 1982 film Blade Runner, noting that “The soundtrack … is […]

Rozzi Crane

Popular Music alum Rozzi Crane featured in Today Show appearance

April 16, 2015

Vocalist and Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane was featured as a musical guest on the Today Show, accompanied on guitar by alumnus Brandon Bae (BA ’12, Studio/Jazz Guitar). Crane is the first artist signed to the record label of Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine and will tour with the band this summer. She will […]

SoCal VoCals

A cappella ensemble featuring Thornton students heads to New York City competition

April 16, 2015

The SoCal VoCals, a USC a cappella group, won the A Capella Western Semifinals at the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella. The group will be traveling to New York City on April 18th to compete in the ICCA finals. Of the 15 group members, five are USC Thornton music majors and four are music […]

The Calder Quartet

Calder Quartet featured on the cover of Strings Magazine

April 15, 2015

The Calder Quartet, which was formed by USC Thornton alumni Benjamin Jacobson, Johnathan Moreschel, Eric Beyers and Andrew Bulbrook, is featured on the May 2015 cover of Strings Magazine. The feature article explores the changing performance landscape for chamber quartets and the increasing role that music schools play in equipping students for successful careers. Bulbrook […]

Julie Boardman

Alumna Julie Boardman produces new broadway musical

April 15, 2015

USC Thornton alum Julie Boardman (BS ’04, music industry) is currently producing her first Broadway musical, An American in Paris. Adapted from the 1951 film of the same name starring Gene Kelly and with music and lyrics by George & Ira Gershwin, the musical tells the story of a romance between a French girl and […]

Saint Motel

Students join band for late night TV performances

April 15, 2015

USC Thornton students Dan Fox (BM ’15), Jeremy Trezona and Greg Johnson (MM ’12, DMA) performed on two late night TV shows recently with the band Saint Motel. They appeared on the March 24th episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live and the April 7th episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden. A clip of […]

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