Brent McMunn receives positive reviews for ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

July 23, 2014

USC Thornton Vocal Arts faculty and musical director of the USC Thornton Opera Brent McMunn earned rave reviews for his conducting of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Summerfest. The Pittsburgh Tribute noted that McMunn “conducted a superb performance” and “was impressive technically,” while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called the opera an”exhilarating theatrical experience.” […]


Glenn Dicterow featured on CBS Evening News

June 30, 2014

Incoming Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music Glenn Dicterow was interviewed by reporter Jim Axelrod on a recent episode of CBS Evening News. Dicterow comes to USC Thornton after 34 years as concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic; his tenure makes Dicterow the longest serving concertmaster in the orchestra’s 172-year history. Watch the interview […]


Keri Hui (BM, ’15) wins Concerto Division of Aloha International Piano Competition

June 26, 2014

Keri Hui, a senior in the Keyboard Studies department studying under faculty Norman Krieger, recently won the Concerto Division of the Aloha International Piano Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. As part of her prize, Hui will perform with the Hawaii Youth Symphony at the winter concert on December 7, 2014 at Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. […]


Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music Glenn Dicterow profiled in Wall Street Journal

June 26, 2014

Glenn Dicterow, incoming Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the USC Thornton School of Music, was profiled by the Wall Street Journal in advance of his final performances as concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic. Dicterow has served the Philharmonic as concertmaster for more than 34 years, the longest tenure of any concertmaster in the organization’s […]


Frank Ticheli Festival to be held in Westminster, UK

June 24, 2014

Composition faculty Frank Ticheli will participate in this week’s Frank Ticheli Festival, taking place Thursday, June 26 in Westminster, England. Ticheli will conduct a combined band and choir in the festival finale, which will feature some of his favorite pieces for band and for choir.  The individual choirs, Los Gatos High School and London Sings, will sing […]


Divya Maus (BM, ’14) profiled by USA Today College

June 23, 2014

Recent alumna Divya Maus, who studied songwriting in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program, discussed her career as a vocalist and composer in an interview with USA Today College. Maus will enroll at NYU to pursue graduate studies in musical theatre composition in the fall. “I’m going into musical theater composition now because that’s all about composing […]


Sara Gazarek featured in Glendale News Press

June 20, 2014

USC Thornton alumna and current Jazz Studies faculty Sara Gazarek was featured in the Glendale News Press in advance of a recent performance in Los Angeles. The article notes that Gazarek is “an early bloomer who has not only shown gratifying determination but also a capacity for artistic growth.”

From L to R:  Daniel Vanchieri, Devon Eisenbarger, Jimmie Vaughan, Corbin Jones, Livia Slingerland, Nolan Frank, Katie Skene.

USC Thornton Popular Music, Jazz Studies students perform at GRAMMY Museum

June 19, 2014

On June 12, 2014, The GRAMMY Museum unveiled Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Students from the USC Thornton Popular Music Program and the Jazz Studies program were invited to serve as the house band exhibit’s opening reception. Stevie’s brother and guitarist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan, even jumped on stage […]

USC Doctoral student Daniel Temkin (top left) was one of two USC Thornton Composition students honored at the BMI Student Composer Awards.

Composition students honored with BMI Student Composer Awards

June 16, 2014

USC Thornton Composition students Saad Nadim Haddad and Daniel Temkin are two of eight young classical composers named winners of the 62nd Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Haddad, an undergraduate student, won for Mai, a work for string quartet and electronics; Temkin was honored for From Distant Dreams, a work for orchestra. Winners are selected for their superior musical compositional ability, […]


Work by DMA student premiered by New York Philharmonic

June 12, 2014

DMA student Julia Adolphe’s “Dark Sand, Sifting Light” was performed at the New York Philharmonic as a part of the NY Phil Biennial. The New York Times called the piece “colorful, mercurial, [and] deftly orchestrated.” USC Distinguished Professor, Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin, Midori Goto, also performed as a soloist during the concert.

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