Marek Szpakiewicz

Cellist Marek Szpakieiwcz to be featured in Tohuku earthquake memorial concert

February 11, 2016

Cellist and USC Thornton alumnus Marek Szpakieiwcz (MM ’01, DMA ’08) will be featured as a soloist in a March 13 concert with pianist Fuzjko Hemming. The concert, at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Tohuku earthquake and tsunami. Featuring music from Schubert to Mozart to Brahms, the […]

Julie Boardman

Alumna Julie Boardman produces Forest Whitaker debut on Broadway

February 10, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Julie Boardman (BS ’04, music industry) will co-produce the Broadway debut of fellow USC alumnus Forest Whitaker this month in Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie.” The Michael Grandage-directed play is set in a faded hotel in Manhattan where a down-on-his-luck gambler mourns the death of the hotel’s night clerk, Hughie, and recalls his glory […]

Apollo Men's Chorus

Apollo Men’s Chorus releases new album

February 9, 2016

The USC Thornton Apollo Men’s Chorus released an album in December, commemorating the ensemble’s growth and success from 2013 to 2015. In the fall of 2013, the group consisted of just 12 artists, including former conductor Karsten Longhurst. Today, the ensemble has grown to over 50 singers and has become a tight knit group of […]


Julia Adolphe’s N.Y. Philharmonic concerto to premiere next season

February 8, 2016

A new viola concerto by Julia Adolphe, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Composition program, will be premiere as part of the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season in November of 2016. The work, which was commissioned by the Philharmonic in 2015, will be performed Nov. 17 and Nov. 19 by Cynthia Phelps, USC […]


Thornton Tuba Quartet invited to perform at international gathering

February 4, 2016

The USC Thornton Bass Tuba Quartet has been invited to compete at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference from May 30 to June 4 this summer. Made up of DMA candidate Brandon Davis (MM ’13), Masters students James Similuk (’15) and Kyle Richter, and junior Cameron Holt, the ensemble will join hundreds of fellow tuba players at the conference, […]

Ted Hearne

Ted Hearne’s oratorio, “The Source,” to be staged in L.A. and S.F. next season

February 3, 2016

“The Source,” a strikingly contemporary oratorio by Ted Hearne, of the USC Thornton Composition faculty, will receive its west coast premiere in October of 2016 as part of LA Opera’s Off Grand performance initiative. The production, which will be staged at REDCAT, is part of an ongoing collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects to present experimental […]

Dr. Erin Hayden

Physical therapist Erin Hayden talks about preventing injuries for musicians

February 2, 2016

Brittany Seits, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission for USC Thornton, recently published an interview at MajoringInMusic with physical therapist, Dr. Erin Hayden, on the topic of “Preventing injury for instrumental musicians.” An instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy at USC’s Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Dr. Hayden relates the repetitive physical stresses experienced by a […]

Marek Zebrowski

Marek Zebrowski composition featured at chamber music festival

February 1, 2016

A composition by Marek Zebrowski, director of the USC Thornton Polish Music Center, was recently featured at the Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival, which continues through February 13, 2016. The festival celebrates a wide variety of chamber music with a focus Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and other Latin American composers. Zebrowski’s piece, “Music for David,” […]

Robin Buck

Alumnus Robin Buck featured in Long Beach Opera’s “Candide”

January 28, 2016

Baritone and USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumnus Robin Buck (MM ’85) is currently appearing in the Long Beach Opera’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” running Jan. 23 and 30. Buck performs the roles of Pangloss and Voltaire in the operetta, which won four Tony Awards in 1974. Buck has sung extensively as a featured artist […]

Vivian Wang

Amplify names Vivian Wang one of “16 To Watch in 2016”

January 27, 2016

USC Thornton Music Industry faculty member Vivian Wang was profiled recently by Amplify as part of the publication’s “16 To Watch in 2016” series. The series served as a guide to “fast-rising stars in the entertainment industry.” Wang was selected for her work as head of Venue Event Services at AXS, a digital marketing platform […]

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