Alumni News

Divya Maus and Daniel Weidlein release holiday single

December 4, 2017

Popular Music alumna Divya Maus (BA ’14) and saxophonist/producer Daniel Weidlein (BM ’12, Jazz Studies) have released a holiday single entitled “Baby You Know What I Need,” now available on Apple Music and Spotify. The two met while students at Thornton and have frequently collaborated together at Weidlein’s studio, The B(e)at Cave.


Julia Adolphe is Musical America’s New Artist of the Month

December 1, 2017

Composer Julia Adolphe (MM ’12, composition), a USC Thornton doctoral candidate, is Musical America’s New Artist of the Month for December. In a profile on the organization’s website, Adolphe cited the gender diversity of Thornton’s Composition program as one of the reasons she chose to study at USC. “I didn’t see that anywhere else,” she […]


Alex Hahn releases new jazz album

November 30, 2017

Saxophonist and Jazz Studies alumnus Alex Hahn (MM ’16) has released new album, Emerging, featuring original music for septet and strings. Drawing on jazz, classical, and cinematic musical influences, the album includes performances by USC Thornton students Paul Cornish, Ramsey Castaneda, and Logan Kane, as well as alumnus Jon Hatamiya (MM ’16), Hahn’s colleague at […]


Violin alumni win orchestral positions

November 30, 2017

Two USC Thornton Strings alumni have recently won orchestral positions. Helen Kim (BM ’09) was appointed principal 2nd violin of the San Francisco Symphony in the spring of 2017. And Michelle Black (BM ’11) won a first violin position with the Indianapolis Symphony in May. Both were students of faculty member Margaret Batjer, who serves […]


Alumnus Martin Leung performs with the Academic Leipzig Orchestra

November 20, 2017

On November 13th, Keyboard Studies alumnus Martin Leung (DMA ’15, piano) performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig (Academic Leipzig Orchestra) under maestro Horst Förster. Leung received the opportunity to perform at the Leipzig Gewandhaus after winning first prize in the concerto division of the Los Angeles Liszt Piano competition last […]


New World Symphony to perform work by Jules Pegram

November 8, 2017

On Friday, November 17th, the New World Symphony (NWS) of Miami will perform “NEON NIGHTS” by USC Thornton alumnus Jules Pegram (BM ’13, Composition), as part of the annual PULSE event. The work, which the NWS describes as “a journey through a shimmering, cosmopolitan sound world, one that’s inspired by the hot, glittering neon of […]


USC Thornton #1 on Hollywood Reporter’s list of ‘Music Schools for Film and TV’

November 7, 2017

USC Thornton’s renowned Screen Scoring program has topped the Hollywood Reporter’s list of the “Top 25 Music Schools for Film and TV,” lauding the school’s conservatory approach and focus on music for contemporary media. The article, which points to Thornton alumnus Thomas Newman and faculty member and alumnus Bruce Broughton (’67) as success stories, quotes […]


The Kinetic Winds to be featured in Mammoth Lakes concert

November 2, 2017

The Kinetic Winds quintet, which includes five USC Thornton students, will be the featured ensemble at the Eastern Sierra Symphony’s fall concert in Mammoth Lakes on Saturday, November 4th. Led by bassoonist and GCRT candidate Amber Wyman (MM ’16), the quintet includes clarinetist and master’s student Sergio Coelho (GCRT ’16), oboist and DMA candidate Chris […]


Ryan Seacrest helps launch Popular Music alum Malia Civetz’ new single

October 30, 2017

Malia Civetz (BM ’16), an alumna of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, has released a new single, “Champagne Clouds,” which was debuted by Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM locally and on Sirius XM and iHeart radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The song was co-written with fellow Popular Music alumnus Nathan Fertig (BM […]


Marek Szpakiewicz appointed Director of String Studies at Azusa Pacific

October 27, 2017

Cellist and USC Thornton alumnus Marek Szpakiewicz (MM ’01, DMA ’08) has been appointed Director of String Studies at Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music. Szpakiewicz has been teaching cello and chamber music at APU since 2005 and has served as Director of Chamber Music since 2014. His students have won top prizes at numerous […]


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