Roger Zare

Composition alumnus Roger Zare awarded Copland residency

October 7, 2015

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Roger Zare (BM ’07) was selected for a 2015-16 Copland House Residency Award. The residency, which takes place at composer Aaron Copland’s historical home and studio in Westchester County, New York, invites emerging and mid-career composers to live and work at the residence for three to eight weeks. Zare recently won […]

Donald Crockett

Donald Crockett’s album, “Blue Earth” reviewed in Gramophone Magazine

October 6, 2015

“Blue Earth,” a recent album of original works by Donald Crockett, chair of the USC Thornton Composition program, has been reviewed in the September 2015 issue of Gramophone magazine. Reviewer Kate Vincent noted that the album’s three works, which were recorded by Boston Modern Orchestra Project under conductor Gil Rose, “show the American composer fully […]

Brandon Davis

Tuba student Brandon Davis receives Tommy Johnson Scholarship

October 5, 2015

Tuba player Brandon Davis (MM ’13), currently a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion program, has received the 2015-16 Tommy Johnson Tuba Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an outstanding graduating student. Davis, a native of Washington State, also studies conducting and composition at Thornton. The scholarship honors the legacy of Tommy […]

Alin Melik-Adamyan

Doctoral candidate Alin Melik-Adamyan shines at Centrum Chamber Music Workshop

October 2, 2015

Alin Melik-Adamyan (’12, MM ’14, piano), a doctoral candidate in USC Thornton’s Keyboard Collaborative Arts program, was one of two pianists invited to participate in the 2015 Chamber Music Workshop hosted by the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington. Melik-Adamyan was nominated for the posting by Lucinda Carver, Vice Dean of Thornton’s Division of Classical […]

Malia Civetz

Popular Music vocalist Malia Civetz performs with several orchestras

October 1, 2015

Malia Civetz, a senior in the USC Thornton Popular Music program, will perform as a vocal soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in a special concert of composer Steven Hackman‘s symphonic mash-up, “Beethoven + Coldplay.” Civetz also performed the work with the Indianapolis Symphony in January and was featured in Hackman’s “Bartok + Bjork” piece at […]

HyeJung Shin

Keyboard Collaborative Arts student HyeJung Shin performs in Austria and Japan

September 29, 2015

HyeJung Shin, currently a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Keyboard Collaborative Arts program under Alan Smith, attended the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria this past summer. The annual program is a highly competitive training ground for musicians, with performances, masterclasses, and intensive study. Shin also performed at the International Double […]

Ken Butler

Reflecting on Ken Butler’s extraordinary instruments

September 28, 2015

The USC News website has posted a brief article about artist/musician/inventor Ken Butler’s Visions & Voices presentation, “Hybrid Visions, Anxious Objects,” which was was organized by USC Thornton Composition faculty member Veronika Krausas and USC Roski ceramicist Karen Koblitz. The news story about the September 21 event noted that Butler “plucks, bows, strums and taps […]

Emily Browne

Student Emily Browne takes principal position with Spokane Symphony

September 25, 2015

USC Thornton masters student Emily Browne has won the position of Johnston-Fix Principal Chair, Horn, with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, under music director Eckart Preu. Browne currently studies with Kristy Morrell in the Winds and Percussion program.

Greg Reitan

Greg Reitan alumni jazz trio reviewed in ArtsJournal

September 24, 2015

Jazz pianist and USC Thornton alumnus Greg Reitan (’96, composition) was reviewed on the ArtsJournal blog for his new album, Post No Bills, which features fellow alumni Jack Daro (BA ’93, MM ’99) on bass and Dean Koba (MM ’93) on drums. The album has been well-received by critics. Reitan studied composition at USC Thornton […]

Vijay Venkatesh

Vijay Venkatesh wins prize in Seattle piano competition

September 23, 2015

Vijay Venkatesh (BM ’17, piano performance), currently a student in the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program under Norman Krieger, has won second prize in the Seattle Symphony Piano Competition, earning $5000 and the opportunity to perform in concert with the symphony. Venkatesh will next perform in a chamber music recital with clarinetist Micah Wright at […]

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