Jules Pegram receives award at ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop

December 5, 2016

Alumnus Jules Pegram (BM ’13, Composition) received the Harold Arlen Film & TV Award at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Film Scoring Workshop this past summer. The workshop gives selected composers the opportunity to learn about music in the film industry from mentors who are studio executives, agents, attorneys, editors, and […]


Kristof Van Grysperre conducts New York City Opera production of “Fallujah”

December 2, 2016

Kristof Van Grysperre (MM ’02, Conducting, DMA ’05, Keyboard Collaborative Arts, ) made his New York City Opera debut conducting the November production of Fallujah, an opera by composer Tobin Stokes inspired by a U.S. Marine’s struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder after a tour of duty in Iraq. Van Grysperre also conducted the opera’s world […]


Eric Abramovitz joins alumnus Donald Foster in the Santa Barbara Symphony clarinet section

December 1, 2016

Clarinetist Eric Abramovitz, a USC Thornton Winds & Percussion graduate student of faculty member Yehuda Gilad, has won the 2nd/Eb clarinet position with the Santa Barbara Symphony. The ensemble also includes Thornton alumnus Donald T. Foster (MM ’96) as the principal clarinet.

Elizabeth Pitcairn

Violinist, alumna Elizabeth Pitcairn performs on Trojan Vision

November 30, 2016

Violinist and USC Thornton Strings alumna Elizabeth Pitcairn (’02) recently appeared on Trojan Vision’s nightly talk show, CU@USC. Pitcairn discussed the history behind her legendary 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius violin and then performed with the instrument. close In her career as a soloist, Pitcairn has performed in concert halls such as the Kimmel Center, Carnegie […]


Joanna Demers quoted on the copyright lawsuit against Bruno Mars

November 29, 2016

Joanna Demers, chair of the USC Thornton Musicology program, was quoted in a Pitchfork article about a recently filed lawsuit against Bruno Mars for his song “Uptown Funk.” Demers argues that “intention really does matter” when it comes to whether or not Mars plagiarized Collage’s song, “Young Girls”. Demers, whose research and teaching interests include […]

Michael Lee

Michael Lee to participate in the Red Note Music Festival

November 28, 2016

USC Thornton Composition doctoral candidate Michael Lee has been selected as one of 8 composers to participate in the 2017 Red Note New Music Festival. The festival, organized by Illinois State University, is a week-long composition workshop and performance series, at which student works are developed and performed in collaboration with professional musicians, including the […]


Daedelus creates original score for Chaplin film

November 21, 2016

USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Alfred Darlington (’00), known professionally as Daedelus, recently presented an original electronic music score to Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 silent film, “Easy Street.” The live performance was part of a film series at Fig@7th known as UnSilent Cinema, in which contemporary musicians perform original accompaniment to silent films.


Alumnus Marcello Dubaz receives Emmy nomination for sound editing

November 18, 2016

USC Thornton Music Industry alumnus Marcello Dubaz (BS ’12) and his production team received a nomination for Outstanding Sound Editing at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for their work on the 2016 History Channel production of Roots. Dubaz was a sound effects editor on the miniseries and has also been involved in post-production of The […]

Patrick Kirst

“Variety” quotes Patrick Kirst on the evolution of film scoring

November 17, 2016

Screen Scoring faculty member Patrick Kirst was recently quoted by Variety in an article on shifting trends in film scoring. Noting that the “sonic world” is one of the most compelling approaches available to contemporary film composers, Kirst concluded that “the tradition that comes from a pitch-oriented score has been replaced by a sound-oriented world. […]


International Artist Fellow Wesley Chu featured in web profile

November 16, 2016

Wesley Chu, an International Artist Fellow studying in the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies department, was recently profiled on the website of the USC Office of International Services in a piece titled “Coffee with ‘SC Celebrity Wesley Chu.” A piano prodigy born in Calgary, Canada, Chu had performed for Nelson Mandela and completed the entire Canadian […]

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