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Kevin Brown wins position of principal bass with Detroit Symphony Orchestra

November 24, 2014

USC Thornton graduate certificate student Kevin Brown won the position of principal bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he began playing this summer. Brown has performed with the Houston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony, in addition to performing in dozens of music festivals throughout America and abroad. A student of USC […]


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The Hollywood Reporter ranks USC Thornton in top three of music schools

November 21, 2014

In the November 14th issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the USC Thornton School of Music was ranked third on their list of the “Top 25 Music Schools of 2014.” Among the descriptions of notable faculty and alumni, THR included DJ-producer Young Guru and USC Thornton alumni Bear McCreary, who has garnered critical acclaim for scoring […]


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Classical Guitar alum Colin Davin to perform on Late Show with David Letterman

November 20, 2014

Classical Guitar alum Colin Davin (BM ’09) will perform the folk-blues classic “Midnight Special” with GRAMMY Award-winning contemporary opera singer Jessye Norman on the Late Show with David Letterman this Thurs., Nov. 20. Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide), […]


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Happy Birthday, Hurricane Mama! USC Thornton faculty and alumni celebrate the LA Phil’s famed organ this weekend

November 19, 2014

Beginning on Thursday and running through the weekend, the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrates the anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s famous organ, Hurricane Mama, with a series of concerts. As Mark Swed wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “But no other organ looks like French fries, a thrilling trademark of the Frank Gehry hall’s […]


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Paul Young wins 2014 Steven B. Sample Teaching & Mentoring Award

November 18, 2014

Paul Young, USC Thornton faculty and director of the Music Industry Minors program, has been selected as one of this year’s recipients of the 2014 Steven B. Sample Teaching & Mentoring Award. In conjunction with USC Trojan Family Weekend, the award honors faculty members who have been nominated by parents and symbolizes “an important aspect […]


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Masters student Sarah Rommel wins third prize at The George Enescu International Cello Competition

November 17, 2014

Sarah Rommel, current Masters student studying with Ralph Kirshbaum, won third prize at The George Enescu International Cello Competition in Bucharest, Romania. Rommel also took home the Kronberg Prize from the competition. The young cellist has previously given solo performances and recitals in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Seattle, Aspen, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, France, England and […]


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USC Thornton welcomes parents for Trojan Family Weekend

November 14, 2014

USC Trojan Family Weekend is underway! Thornton has a number of events planned including campus tours, a Popular Music Forum, and concerts featuring the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra at Bovard Auditorium and University Chorus at Alfred Newman Recital Hall. For a list of Thornton events, please download the schedule. Dean’s Reception Friday, November 14, 2014, […]


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Percussion students and alumni join Los Angeles Philharmonic for Varèse’s Amériques

November 12, 2014

Winds & Percussion faculty James Babor, acting principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, brought in a group of current students and alumni to join the orchestra in performances of Varèse’s monumental Amériques on Nov. 6, 7, and 9. Esa-Pekka Salonen led the orchestra through three performances that featured the work of video artist Refik […]


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Cynthia Munzer leads Lung Force Walk; named artistic director of Musiktheater Bavaria

November 11, 2014

USC Thornton Vocal Arts faculty Cynthia Munzer led and completed the inaugural Lung Force Walk in Los Angeles on November 1. Sponsored by the American Lung Association, the event supported a nationwide initiative against lung cancer. Munzer spoke about the importance of raising awareness for lung cancer and working to focus resources on lunch cancer […]


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Calder Quartet to perform with Bear McCreary (BM ’02), Melanie Henley Heyn (BM, ’04)

November 7, 2014

The Broad Stage’s ensemble-in-residence, the Calder Quartet – originally formed at USC Thornton by alumni Benjamin Jacobson (BM ’01, MM ’07), Andrew Bulbrook (BM, ’02), Jonathan Moerschel (BM ’01, MM ’03), and Eric Byers (BM, ’03) – will be joined by fellow alumni Emmy Award-winning composer Bear McCreary (BM ’02) and soprano Melanie Henley Heyn (BM, ’04) for two […]


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