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Alumna Angela Meade featured on cover of Opera News

December 16, 2014

Vocal Arts alumna Angela Meade (MM ’04) was featured on the cover of Opera News magazine, published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. The former student of Vocal Arts professor Gary Glaze and November cover star was featured in the 13th annual diva issue as a young, powerful, and undeniably talented soprano. Her voice was described […]


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Jeffrey Kahane interviewed in the Los Angeles Times about new faculty appointment at Thornton

December 10, 2014

The Los Angeles Times interviewed the acclaimed pianist and music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra about his new appointment as faculty in Thornton’s Keyboard Studies department beginning in fall 2015. He steps down from his LACO post in 2017. “I love the orchestra and things are going very well, but it’s been 18 […]


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The Los Angeles Times commends Grant Gershon and Morten Lauridsen in review of Music Center gala

December 9, 2014

The Los Angeles Times mentioned Thornton alum Grant Gershon (BM ’85), artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and resident Conductor of LA Opera, and USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen in a review of the Music Center’s 50th Anniversary Spectacular at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Dec. 6. The Times mentioned one bright spot […]


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Composition alum David Werfelmann named assistant professor of music at Webster University

December 8, 2014

David Werfelmann (DMA ’14, Composition) has been appointed assistant professor of music at Webster University, where he will teach music theory and composition in addition to leading the BA in Music program beginning in August, 2015. Werfelmann is an award-winning composer whose work has been performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the IU Jacobs School […]


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Karen Dreyfus and Glenn Dicterow perform at homeless shelter with Music Kitchen, Los Angeles

December 5, 2014

Violinist Kelly Hall-Thompkins launched the grand opening of the Music Kitchen, Los Angeles on Dec. 4 with a performance featuring USC Thornton faculty Karen Dreyfus and Glenn Dicterow. The concert at the Good Shepherd Center near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles was the 73rd concert in the series, but the first in Los Angeles. […]


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Peter Erskine interviewed in KCET’s Artbound about film “Whiplash”

December 5, 2014

Acclaimed drummer and Jazz Studies faculty Peter Erskine was interviewed in KCET’s Artbound about the recent film Whiplash that depicts the relationship between a young drummer (Miles Teller) and an intense band leader (J.K. Simmons). Erskine said: “…the big band chart titled Whiplash which serves as inspiration and background to the movie — is a […]


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Archival materials found in Gregor Piatigorsky’s Brentwood home before demolition

December 4, 2014

The Los Angeles Times recently featured an article describing the demolition of famed cellist and USC Thornton faculty Gregor Piatigorsky’s Brentwood home and the discovery of various archival materials never seen before. From a December 1955 edition of The New Yorker to personal letters written between Piatigorksy and his wife Jacqueline, an archive of keepsakes […]


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Young Guru participates in Tech808 conference for entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds

December 2, 2014

Young Guru, a USC Thornton artist in residence, was a featured guest at last week’s Tech808 conference in New York for entrepreneurs who love hip hop. “The crowd of fans thrust their cellphones toward him. They didn’t want autographs. They wanted app advice,” an article in re/code stated. “And one by one, 10 minutes by […]


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Organ Studies faculty Cherry Rhodes and alum Christoph Bull reviewed in the Los Angeles Times

December 2, 2014

Organ Studies faculty Cherry Rhodes and alum Christoph Bull (MM ’93, organ performance) joined an elite group of organists for a birthday celebration of the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s organ, Hurricane Mama, with a concert on Nov. 23. The program, which featured nine performers, was reviewed by music critic Mark Swed in the Los Angeles […]


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Ken Cazan interviewed in Crescent Valley Weekly on Hans Werner Henze’s “The English Cat”

December 1, 2014

Ken Cazan, chair of the Vocal Arts program and resident stage director of USC Thornton Opera, was interviewed in the Crescent Valley Weekly about the West Coast premiere of The English Cat, the 1983 opera written by famed 20th-century composer Hans Werner Henze featuring a libretto by controversial British playwright, Edward Bond. “Opera was not […]


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