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Composition alumnus scores soundtrack for Universal Pictures’ “A Walk Among The Tombstones”

August 28, 2014

Carlos Rivera, a former DMA candidate in Composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, has recently scored the soundtrack for Universal Pictures’ upcoming release, A Walk Among The Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson. Rivera recently signed with agent Amos Newman at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), whose clients include Hans Zimmer, Trent Reznor and Ennio […]


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Choral and Sacred Music alumna named Director of UCLA Chorale and UCLA Chamber Singers

August 28, 2014

USC Thornton alumna, Lesley Leighton (DMA, ’12) has joined the UCLA Department of Music as both a Lecturer and as Director of the UCLA Chorale and UCLA Chamber Singers for the 2014-2015 academic year. Leighton, who received her DMA in choral music, has worked as the Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Artistic Director […]


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KUSC covers Schoenfeld String Competition in China

August 21, 2014

Gil Eichenthal, member of the USC Thornton Board of Councilors and a host for Classical KUSC is currently in Harbin, China, covering the newly launched Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition for the station. Held for the first time in 2013 in Hong Kong, the annual competition was established to continue the legacy of the […]


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USC Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta to advance artist fellowships in Latin America

August 8, 2014

USC Thornton School of Music Dean Robert A. Cutietta and USC Associate Provost Robin Romans will head to Mexico and Brazil in mid-September to promote the USC International Artist Fellowship, now in its second year, awarded to early career artists to pursue graduate study in one of USC’s preeminent arts schools, including the USC Thornton School […]


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Popular Music students, alumni to perform at Universal CityWalk

August 6, 2014

The USC Thornton School of Music’s Popular Music Program will showcase multi-talented USC Thornton students and alumni Aug. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the 5 Towers stage on Universal CityWalk. The free event, part of the Hollywood venue’s Music Spotlight Series, features performers representing a diverse selection of styles and musical genres, including folk rock, R&B, […]


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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.” […]


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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 […]


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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. […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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