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Ebony teams with Thornton for a music industry discussion

February 16, 2018

Ebony recently published photos and videos from its fall visit to the USC Thornton Contemporary Music Division, featuring Ethiopia Habtemariam, president of Motown Records, and singer-songwriters Sebastian Kole and BJ The Chicago Kid, in collaboration with the Universal Music Group. The trio spoke with Popular Music and Music Industry students at Carson Center about the […]


March 6th memorial service for Ndugu Chancler

February 15, 2018

A funeral service has been announced for Ndugu Chancler, who passed away on February 3rd at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Memorial for Ndugu Chancler Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 11:00AM Faithful Central Bible Church in the Tabernacle building (Map) 321 N. Eucalyptus Avenue Inglewood, CA 90302


Mak Grgić releases new album

February 14, 2018

Mak Grgić (MM ’12, DMA ’16), an Artist Diploma candidate in the USC Thornton Classical Guitar program, has released an album, MAKrotonal, which uses specially re-fretted instruments to reexamine standard repertoire and to present newly commissioned works. Excerpts can be heard on Grgić’s website. Grgić serves as director of a number of music festivals worldwide […]


Alumni country duo Dixie Jade featured on Songs at the Center

February 13, 2018

Country duo Dixie Jade, made up of USC Thornton alumni, pianist/vocalist Andrea Crisalli (BM ’11, vocal arts) and guitarist/vocalist Dominique Ruiz (BA ’11, music), are rising in popularity. The Nashville-based duo was recently featured on the public television series, Songs at the Center, where they performed, “Grit and Amazing Grace.” Click here to watch the […]


London Philharmonic Choir to perform Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium”

February 12, 2018

On Monday, February 12th, the London Philharmonic Choir will perform “O Magnum Mysterium” by USC Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74) in a special concert at London’s Buckingham Palace. The concert, honoring Princess Alexandra, will feature performances by several ensembles to raise funds for families whose lives are affected by dementia. The Los […]


Navy Brass Ensemble premieres work by alumni, for alumni

February 8, 2018

The United States Naval Academy Band’s Brass Ensemble recently premiered a work by USC Thornton alumnus Giovanni Santos (MM ’07), written for and performed by fellow alumnus, trumpeter Matt Harriman (MM ’08). Voyages was performed on January 28th at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., under the baton of Lieutenant Commander Diane Nichols. Also performing […]


Gabriel Martins wins second place at the Sphinx Competition

February 6, 2018

Gabriel Martins, a junior cellist at USC Thornton, earned a prize for the second year in a row at the Sphinx Competition, a national event for Black and Latino classical string players. Martins took second place, earning a $20,000 award, but was the top cellist. Violinist Rubén Rengel won the Senior Division. Last year, Thornton […]


Pianist Vicki Ray records new work by Daniel Lentz

February 6, 2018

Pianist Vicki Ray’s (DMA ’88) recent recording of River of 1,000 Streams by composer Daniel Lentz was warmly reviewed by the website I Care If You Listen. Referring to the USC Thornton alumna as a “Los Angeles luminary,” reviewer Nick Stevens lauded her performance as a “colorful, nuanced, arresting statement,” demonstrating “first-rate artistry.” Lentz’s 28-minute […]


A Two-Night Stand at Carnegie Hall

February 5, 2018

USC Thornton Composition professor Frank Ticheli’s music will be performed not once, but twice, this month at Carnegie Hall in New York City. On Feb. 11, the New York Choral Society and Orchestra will present the East Coast premiere of Ticheli’s piece, The Shore (Symphony No. 3), featuring text by USC faculty member David St. […]


Harmonia, a new student-run vocal ensemble, debuts Saturday

January 31, 2018

Harmonia, a student-run vocal ensemble founded last October, will debut this Saturday, February 3rd, in a concert at the USC Caruso Catholic Center. The 4:00 pm concert, titled “Rooted,” will feature rarely-heard choral works by J. des Prez, Vaughan Williams, and more. The group is made up of both USC Thornton and non-music majors including […]


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