Harpist Katherine Redlus to perform with the Four Larks theater troupe

August 26, 2016

Harpist and USC Thornton Strings alumna Katherine Redlus (MM ‘16, harp performance) will perform with the musical theater troupe The Four Larks when their original production, The Temptation of St Antony, returns to the stage this month. Redlus performed in the production’s debut last year, which was featured in L.A. Weekly’s “Best of L.A. 2015.”


Strong Thornton presence among performers and composers at Carlsbad Music Festival

August 25, 2016

USC Thornton alumni will be widely represented at the annual Carlsbad Music Festival in the San Diego area this weekend (August 26-28). Among the festival’s main stage artists is the HOCKET piano duo, which includes current Composition DMA candidate Thomas Kotcheff (MM ’12, Composition) and Composition faculty member Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15, Composition). […]

Sean Holt

Sean Holt contributes tips for vocal health on tour

August 23, 2016

Popular Music faculty member Sean Holt (MM ’91, jazz studies) was recently quoted in Reverb about his “5 Tips For Vocal Health While On Tour.” The USC Thornton alumnus and professional vocalist with 25 years of performing experience compared the physical challenges of touring as a vocalist to those faced by professional athletes. “When you […]

Garry Schyman

Garry Schyman to premiere concerto with the L.A. Jewish Symphony

August 17, 2016

Garry Schyman, alumnus and USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, will premiere a new viola concerto, Zingaro, with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony on August 21. The program, conducted by Noreen Green and featuring violist Matthew Cohen, highlights music by composers from the film and gaming industries, including selections from Schyman’s scores for the BioSchock […]


Musicians uncover jazz gems at USC Thornton’s Polish Music Center

August 15, 2016

Polish jazz pianist Kuba Stankiewicz and USC Thornton faculty bassist Darek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz recently visited USC’s Polish Music Center (PMC) to explore the archival collection of music by Henryk Wars, whose jazz tunes will be featured on their next recording. While visiting, they sat down with PMC assistant director Krysta Close for a chat about […]


Organist Thomas Mellan takes first place at San Diego competition

August 9, 2016

Thomas Mellan, a USC Thornton junior double-majoring in Organ Studies and Composition, recently took first place in the keyboard division of the Musical Merit Foundation’s competition for instrumentalists and vocalists, earning the distinction of Fenstermaker Scholar. Mellan, who also took the top prize in the 2015 competition, performed at the foundation’s 70th Annual Awards Concert […]


Thornton alumni perform at the Salzburg Festival

August 5, 2016

Several USC Thornton alumni are performing at the celebrated Salzburg Festival this summer, including the Calder Quartet (violinists Benjamin Jacobson BM ’01, MM ’07 and Andrew Bulbrook BM ’02; violist Jonathan Moerschel BM ’01, MM ’03; and cellist Eric Byers BM ’03), which presented a program of works by Thomas Adès, György Kurtág, and Franz […]


Eunghee Cho takes 2nd prize at Schoenfeld Competition

August 4, 2016

Cellist Eunghee Cho (BM ’16, cello), a recent USC Thornton graduate, has won 2nd Prize – Cello Division – at the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China. Cho was also awarded a special prize for his performance of a new work by Chinese composer Damin Ren, as seen in the video […]


DMA candidate Irene Apanovitch awarded prestigious CET Fellowship

August 2, 2016

Irene Apanovitch, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has been appointed as a Teaching Assistant Fellow with the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) for the 2016-17 academic year. CET Fellows take an active role in guiding the work and objectives of Teaching Assistants across the university. In […]


Alumnus George Shaw composes ballet

August 2, 2016

The I.C. Movement Project contemporary ballet company has commissioned USC Thornton Composition alumnus George Shaw to compose a ballet. The work, “Through the Glass Ceiling,” explores issues of gender inequality and will receive its premiere in the Washington D.C area on August 6th. Shaw recently scored the theme and music for the web video series […]

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