Andrew Stenvall (MM, ’15) awarded position of Principal Percussion with Illinois Symphony Orchestra

October 20, 2014

Current USC Thornton Percussion student, Andrew Stenvall (MM, ’15), recently won the position of Principal Percussion with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. A student of USC Thornton’s Joseph Pereira and Jim Babor, Stenvall also participated in a trial week with the Winston Salem Symphony for a section percussion position. Additionally, he was also a runner-up for […]


Tess Remy-Schumacher (MM ’89, DMA ’98) co-founds Center for Historical Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma

October 17, 2014

Tess Remy-Schumacher (MM ’89, DMA ’98) co-founded the first Center for Historical Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma with Dr. Ted Honea. Remy-Schumacher, who first attended USC Thornton as a Fulbright Scholar, completed her doctoral studies in Cello Performance under the supervision of celebrated USC Thornton faculty, the late Eleonore Schoenfeld. Remy-Schumacher currently serves as Professor […]

Mak Grgic

Album by current student Mak Grgic receives praise from New York Times, Independent

October 16, 2014

Cinema Verisimo, the newest album by USC Thornton Classical Guitar doctoral candidate Mak Grgic, received praise from both the New York Times and the Independent (UK). The album features original arrangements of classical works written specifically for, or featured prominently in popular films, which the Inedependent called both “cleverly compiled” and “ingeniously arranged.”  Among the […]

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USC Thornton Chamber Singers featured on Chinese State Television

October 15, 2014

The USC Thornton Chamber Singers, one of the longest-running performance ensembles at the USC Thornton School of Music, was featured on Chinese State Television as a part of their trip to the 12th China International Choral Festival in Bejing during Summer 2014. In addition to being inclued in video coverage of the event, available to […]

Dana Gioia

Opera featuring libretto by Dana Gioia to premiere in Virginia on October 16th

October 14, 2014

The Three Feathers, a new opera featuring a libretto by USC Thornton faculty and Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, Dana Gioia, is set to premiere on Thursday, October 16 at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The one-act opera is based on a Grimm’s fairytale […]

Composer Karim Elmahmoudi

Karim Elmahmoudi (GCRT, ’07) to participate in the Dark Skies Festival in Arizona

October 13, 2014

“Orbit: A Symphonic Fantasy,” composed by SMPTV alumnus Karim Elmahmoudi (GCRT, ’07) will be performed by the Orchestra Northern Arizona on October 18 as part of the Dark Skies Festival. The orchestra will be conducted by former principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra, David Cripps. As part of the festival, Elmahmoudi will conduct talks about music […]


Szu-Yun (Chloe) Chiu (GCRT, ’15) awarded position with Santa Barbara Symphony

October 9, 2014

Current USC Thornton Strings student Szu-Yun (Chloe) Chiu (GCRT, ’15) won a position as section violinist in the Santa Barbara Symphony. Additionally, Chiu, who is a student of Glenn Dicterow, USC Thornton Robert Mann Endowed Chair in Strings and Chamber Music, and her string quartet – consisting of fellow USC Thornton grads Hwi-Eun Kim, Stella Cho and […]


Whajung Kim (DMA, ’15) wins 2014 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition

October 8, 2014

Current USC Thornton Keyboard Studies doctoral candidate Whajung Kim (DMA, ’15), who is a student of USC Thornton faculty Daniel Pollack, received First Prize at the 2014 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Kim is the third USC Thornton student to take home top honors at the competition. The annual event, part of the International Summer Academy […]


Vincent Meklis (BA, ’14, GC, ’16) invited to perform at International Holland Music Sessions

October 7, 2014

Strings student Vincent Meklis (BA, ’14, GC, ’16), who currently studies under USC Distinguished Professor Midori Goto, performed in the Netherlands this past summer as part of the International Holland Music Sessions. Meklis, who specializes in the violin, performed seven times at the festival and received intensive coaching and personalized instruction from internationally renowned musicians […]


Play scored by Jazz Studies faculty Ron McCurdy to have East Coast debut

October 7, 2014

Letters from Zora, the play featuring music by Jazz Studies faculty Ron McCurdy, will have its East Coast debut run beginning October 9 at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The play, which received a nomination for a 2014 NAACP Image Award, was written by McCurdy’s wife, Gabrielle Pena, who teachers in USC’s […]

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