Argus Quartet

Argus appointed quartet-in-residence at Yale School of Music

September 3, 2015

The Los Angeles-based Argus Quartet, which includes three USC Thornton students and alumni – Clara Kim (DMA ’15, violin), Jason Issokson (MM ’10, violin) and Diana Wade (GCRT ’13, viola) – has been appointed the quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music. The ensemble will be mentored by the Brentato Quartet and will coach undergraduate […]

Laura Brenes

Horn alumna Laura Brenes releases debut album

September 2, 2015

French Horn player and USC Thornton alumna Laura Brenes (MM ’02) has released her debut album, “a Time and a Place,” which features original music composed for her by fellow alumni Bear McCreary (BM ’02, composition), Daniel James Chan (GCRT ’08, SMPTV), Chris Bacon (GCRT ’05), SMPTV, and Damian Montano (MM ’02, bassoon). Supporting ensembles […]

JoAnn Turovsky

JoAnn Turovsky receives Lifetime Achievement Award from American Harp Society

September 1, 2015

Harpist JoAnn Turovsky, who has taught on the USC Thornton Strings faculty for over 30 years, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her extraordinary service to The American Harp Society, Inc. Turovsky also serves as principal harpist with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale […]


HOCKET new music ensemble makes waves at Carlsbad Music Festival

August 31, 2015

The new music duo, HOCKET, which includes current USC Thornton D.M.A. Composition student, Thomas Kotchef (M.M. ’12, composition) and Composition faculty member Sarah Gibson (M.M. ’10, composition; D.M.A. ’15, composition), recently performed in a series of concerts at the Carlsbad Music Festival. The duo performed compositions by David Lang, Alex Weiser, Aaron Holloway-Nahum, and Tristan […]

Timur Bekbosunov

Vocal Arts alumnus Timur Bekbosunov featured on PRI’s The World

August 28, 2015

USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumus Timur Bekbosunov (GCRT ’06) was recently profiled by Public Radio International (PRI) for it’s radio program, The World. The operatic tenor and glam-rock band-leader has found great success in Southern California, performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, REDCAT, wildUp, Long Beach Opera and the Industry – […]

Vijay Venkatesh

Student Vijay Venkatesh to perform in Parnassus Society Award Concert

August 27, 2015

Vijay Venkatesh (BM ’17, piano performance), currently a student in the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program under Norman Krieger, is also winning international acclaim as a concert soloist. The Orange County Register recently published a profile of Venkatesh, who will perform at the Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo on August 30 as part […]

Bruce Forman

Bruce Forman’s jazz trio profiled in Glendale News-Press

August 26, 2015

USC Thornton faculty member and internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Bruce Forman will perform with his jazz trio on Aug. 26, at Burbank’s Viva Cantina. The group, known as Bruce Forman’s Trio, will perform songs from their latest album entitled “The Book of Forman,” which the Glendale News-Press has already lauded for its fierce and authentic […]

TJ Tesh

T.J. Tesh joins fellow trumpet alumnus in U.S. Naval Academy Band

August 25, 2015

Trumpeter and USC Thornton alumnus T.J. Tesh (DMA ’12) was recently awarded membership in the United States Naval Academy Band, a premiere, Washington D.C.-based military ensemble. Tesh will perform with the organization’s concert band, jazz ensemble, brass quintet, brass ensemble, and ceremonial units. Tesh also joins fellow Thornton alumnus Matt Harriman (DMA ’12, trumpet), who […]

Lorna Zemke

Music education and choral alumni win professional awards

August 24, 2015

Several USC Thornton alumni have won significant awards in recent months. Dr. Lorna Zemke (MM ’68, DMA ’73, music education), formerly the Director of Graduate Music at Silver Lake College in Wisconsin, was awarded the International Katalin Forrai Award by the International Kodaly Society (IKS) for her contributions to Early Childhood Music Education. Fellow Music […]

Walt Simonsen

Jazz alumnus featured guest on Jazz Access podcast

August 21, 2015

Trumpeter and USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Walt Simonsen (MM ’06, DMA ’10) was a featured guest on the Jazz Access podcast, on which he talked about the experience of being a professional jazz musician in Los Angeles and reflected about his time at USC. Simonsen leads a trumpet quintet called Trumpetology, which will release […]

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