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Guild of Music Supervisors conference held at USC

October 16, 2017

Last week, The Guild of Music Supervisors held its 3rd annual “State of Music in Media” conference at USC’s Bovard Auditorium, convening a series of panels featuring some of the brightest talents in the field. The event was organized with help from USC Thornton Music Industry chair Paul Young, and included music supervisors and show […]


Alumnus Manny Sanoja self-publishes book

October 5, 2017

USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumnus Manny Sanoja (BA ’14) has published a book entitled Enlightening Awakening: A Practical Guide to Self Awareness, Hope and Healing. Sanoja’s life-long love of music performance, interrupted by the death of his father, eventually compelled him to pursue his vocal and operatic studies. He later left the music world to […]


Chicago Symphony premieres commission by Elizabeth Ogonek

October 4, 2017

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently premiered a commission by USC Thornton alumna Elizabeth Ogonek (MM ’12, Composition), who is serving a three-year term as composer-in-residence with the ensemble. Music director Riccardo Muti led the premiere of All These Lighted Things on September 28th, with performances to follow in Kansas City (Oct. 11) and Berkeley (Oct. […]


Five Thornton musicians win principal positions with the American Youth Symphony

October 2, 2017

Five USC Thornton students and alumni have become principal chairs with the Los Angeles-based American Youth Symphony for the 2017-18 season. Student Tiffany Chung will serve as principal second violin, alongside principal oboe Laura Arganbright, and principal clarinet Sergio Coelho (GRCT ’16), while alumna Lieza Hansen (MM ’16) will serve as principal bassoon and Amy […]


Ethan Sperry named Endowed Professor at Portland State University

September 29, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music alumnus Ethan Sperry (MM ’98, DMA ’00, choral music) has been named an endowed professor at Portland State University (PSU). He is the first to receive the professorship position, formally titled the “Barre Stoll Director of Choral Activities.” Under his direction, the university’s choirs have won multiple awards and […]


Alumna Tricia Oney to serve as artist-in-residence with the U.S. Army Band

September 27, 2017

Vocal Arts alumna and jazz vocalist Tricia Oney (DMA ’07) will join the U.S. Army Band’s “Pershing’s Own” as Artist-In-Residence and Composer-In-Residence from October 19th to 22nd. Oney will present workshops, masterclasses and vocal jazz clinics for Army Voices during the week, culminating in a performance with both ensembles on Sunday, October 22nd at Arlington […]


A relaxing summer vacation with Mak Grgić

September 25, 2017

USC Thornton alumnus Mak Grgić (MM ’12, DMA ’16) is a very busy man. The Slovenian-born classical guitarist (recently profiled here) is artistic director of both the Zagreb Music Festival and the Biljke i Svirke Interactive Music Festival, director of the Elemental Guitar Program at Elemental Music, an adjunct faculty member at Mount Saint Mary’s […]


Scott Jeppesen published in “Music Educators Journal”

September 22, 2017

In their June 2017 issue, Music Educators Journal featured “Humanizing the Deities of Jazz,” an article by USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Scott Jeppesen (BM ’06, MM ’08, DMA ’16). The piece explores the context surrounding the development of jazz and suggests technological resources to aid educators in their own jazz education curriculum. Jeppesen states […]


Paul Young profiled in the Daily Trojan

September 19, 2017

Paul Young (MM ’06, DMA ’09, Jazz Studies), director of USC Thornton’s Music Industry program, was recently profiled by the Daily Trojan on the launch of the school’s new Master of Science Degree in Music Industry. The article, “Paying it forward: Paul Young to lead Thornton program,” describes how Young crafted the curriculum for the […]


Percussionist Michael Daley joins the New World Symphony

September 13, 2017

Michael Daley (GRCT ’17), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion program, recently took a percussion position with the New World Symphony. The Miami-based ensemble, which is led by Artistic Director and alumnus Michael Tilson Thomas (BM ’67, MM ’76), prepares highly-gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and […]


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