Frank Potenza, chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar program, received a four-star review from DownBeat Magazine for his latest album, For Joe. Calling Potenza an “accomplished player,” the review noted that he “reveals touches of his mentor’s brilliance throughout this heartfelt project.” Thornton alumni, New West Guitar Group, also received a positive review for their new […]
The Los Angeles Times previewed and covered two performances of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” that were part of the Britten 100 celebration. Members of the USC Thornton Symphony, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and USC Thornton Concert Choir joined LA Opera music director James Conlon, the Colburn Orchestra, and many other choirs in performances at Walt […]
As part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series, Andrew Norman and Sean Friar were 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 Composition […]
Composition faculty Frank Ticheli’s new CD, Frank Ticheli: The Shore and Other Choral Works, includes his collected choral works and five world premiere recordings with the Pacific Symphony led by conductor John Alexander. The album features “The Shore (Symphony No. 3),” in a world premiere performance with Alexander conducting the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony. […]
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.