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The New York Times calls “Play” by Andrew Norman “a revolution in music”

January 20, 2017

Play, a 47-minute orchestral work by celebrated composer and USC Thornton faculty member Andrew Norman (’02, MM ’04), was the subject of “Andrew Norman’s ‘Play,’ a Symphony That Levels Up,” an article in the January 16 issue of The New York Times. Music critic David Allen wrote admiringly of Norman’s “wizardry” and “achievement”, calling his […]


Pianist Daniel Pollack receives the first Ambassador of Cultural Forum honor in Russia

January 18, 2017

Throughout his career, USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Daniel Pollack has been working to bring together the cultures of Russia and the United States. In December, the world renowned pianist was awarded the honorary diploma of Ambassador of Cultural Forum at the Saint Petersburg International Cultural Forum. He is the first person to receive […]


USC Thornton faculty and musicians attending music education camp in Brazil

January 17, 2017

USC Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta is currently attending GLOMUS, a gathering of international music and arts education professionals in Natal, Brazil, along with several Thornton students and faculty. The biennial event, which is hosted by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, aims to “create a forum for intercultural exchange in the fields of […]


Bassist Brian Robert Jones joins Gwen Stefani on the road

January 13, 2017

Bassist Brian Robert Jones (BM ’15), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, recently performed with singer Gwen Stefani at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The special engagement followed Stefani’s 28 city “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” tour, on which Jones performed from July through October of 2016. […]


Scott Tennant named to list of “Top 10 Music Professors Who Inspire Us”

January 12, 2017

College Magazine has named USC Thornton faculty member Scott Tennant as one of its “Top 10 Music Professors Who Inspire Us.” The GRAMMY Award-winning classical guitarist and founding member of the the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet was recognized for his uncompromising work ethic. “His professionalism is on a whole different level,” noted Classical Guitar student […]


Cellist Peter Myers wins position with San Francisco Opera orchestra

January 11, 2017

USC Thornton alumnus Peter Myers (MM ’10, GCRT ’13) is the new associate principal cello of the San Francisco Opera. In November, he was selected from a pool of over 50 invited cellists to join the company’s orchestra. A founding member of both the Saguaro Piano Trio and the SAKURA cello quintet, Myers has served […]


Vincent Ho appointed music advisor for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

January 9, 2017

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Vincent Ho (DMA ’05) has been named music advisor for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. As the advisor, he will consult with members of the orchestra’s planning team to discuss the new music repertoire. Paul Dornian, President and CEO of the of the orchestra, noted that “Vincent is a very well-known Canadian […]


Alumni Micah Wright and Jason Lo to compete at MTNA

January 5, 2017

USC Thornton alumni Micah Wright (DMA ’15, clarinet) and Jason Lo (MM ’12, DMA ’16, piano) recently won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Woodwind State Competition. This month, they will perform in the Regional Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. Outside of the competition, Wright currently performs with Trio Brillante and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. […]


David Allen Moore featured on “Contrabass Conversations” podcast

January 4, 2017

Bassist and USC Thornton Strings faculty member David Allen Moore was recently featured on the Contrabass Conversations podcast, hosted by musician Jason Heath. Moore was a guest on the podcast in 2009 and returned to the series by popular demand. Heath led Moore in a conversation about the creative process of practicing, reveling in successes, […]


Grant Gershon to be honored at 84th USC Alumni Awards

December 22, 2016

On April 22, 2017, the USC Alumni Association will honor seven distinguished alumni, including conductor and USC Thornton Board of Councilors member Grant Gershon (’85, piano), at the 84th annual Alumni Awards. Gershon is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Resident Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera, and has emerged as one of […]


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