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Popular Music alums Annie Dingwall, Barry Harris, and current student Nolan Frank produce holiday song benefiting GRAMMY Camp

January 29, 2015

Popular music alum Barry Harris (BM ’13) and current student Nolan Frank (BM ’15) produced the annual National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ holiday card single. The song, This Time of Year, was written and performed by fellow Popular Music graduate, Annie Dingwall (BM ’13). The proceeds from the single’s sales will benefit the […]


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Ken Cazan reviewed in Los Angeles Times for revival of Tobias Picker’s “Therese Raquin”

January 28, 2015

USC Thornton faculty Ken Cazan, chair of the Vocal Arts program and resident stage director of USC Thornton Opera, revived Tobias Picker’s Therese Raquin last weekend at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro with the Long Beach Opera. A Los Angeles Times article praised Cazan’s production for being “naturalistic, focused and unfussy, true to […]


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Joanna Demers’ book reviewed in journal Echo

January 27, 2015

Associate Professor of Musicology, Joanna Demers’ 2006 book, Steal This Music: How Intellectual Property Law Affects Musical Creativity, received a glowing review from Echo, a music-centered journal. The article praised the book for its exploration of intellectual property law and anti-piracy legislation in addition to “the tangled web” of “how copyright shapes the music we […]


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USC Thornton students Alex Biniaz-Harris and Ambrose Soehn featured in the Los Angeles Times

January 26, 2015

USC Thornton students Alex Biniaz-Harris and Ambrose Soehn perform today in Kraków, Poland, at the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, playing a piano suite they composed based on melodies sung by Holocaust survivors they found in archives of the USC Shoah Foundation. The piano suite and performance […]


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USC Thornton faculty harpist JoAnn Turovsky featured in The Opera League of Los Angeles newsletter

January 26, 2015

USC Thornton harp faculty JoAnn Turovsky, was featured in a piece for The Opera League of Los Angeles newsletter, BRAVO, detailing her career as a harpist in the Los Angeles Opera. In it, Turovsky – who began playing the harp at seven – describes her work in the LA Chamber Orchestra, the LA Master Chorale, […]


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Marilyn Horne presents annual master classes at Carnegie Hall

January 22, 2015

The New York Times reviewed USC Thornton alumna Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, a series of master classes that culminates in a public performance. Three young singers performed for the famed mezzo-soprano. The annual event also features a veteran singer each year. The Times noted: “After offering a few anecdotes, including a […]


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Daniel Carlin a featured guest at San Marino League’s 60th anniversary luncheon

January 21, 2015

Daniel Carlin, chair of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program, was a guest speaker at the San Marino League’s 60th anniversary luncheon last week honoring past presidents at the San Gabriel Country Club. The Pasadena Star News mentioned that Carlin “presented an interesting program on the complexities of scoring music for motion pictures […]


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Courtney Wise releases album with group Duo Bohème

January 20, 2015

USC Thornton alumna Courtney Wise (BM ’10) recently released an album titled Senza Misura with her flute and guitar group, Duo Bohème. Wise founded the group with guitarist Lyle Sheffler, and they specialize in Spanish, Latin, and Bohemian flute and guitar music. Wise, who studied with USC Thornton faculty Gary Woodward, is a proponent of […]


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Roger Myers elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London

January 20, 2015

Thornton alum Roger Myers (BM ’90, MM ’92), a professor of viola at the University of Texas at Austin, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London in November of 2014. The Royal Society of arts describes itself as a worldwide community of achievers from a wide array of backgrounds and […]


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Popular Music student Malia Civetz to perform with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

January 15, 2015

Malia Civetz (BA ’16), current student in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program, performs tonight with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven Meets Coldplay, a symphonic mash-up of Beethoven’s Eroica and several of Coldplay’s most famous songs. Civetz was selected as the female lead alongside Ben Jones of the Grammy Award-winning a capella group Chanticleer and […]


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