Alumni News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Divya Maus (BM, ’14) profiled by USA Today College

June 23, 2014

Recent alumna Divya Maus, who studied songwriting in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program, discussed her career as a vocalist and composer in an interview with USA Today College. Maus will enroll at NYU to pursue graduate studies in musical theatre composition in the fall. “I’m going into musical theater composition now because that’s all about composing […]


Sara Gazarek featured in Glendale News Press

June 20, 2014

USC Thornton alumna and current Jazz Studies faculty Sara Gazarek was featured in the Glendale News Press in advance of a recent performance in Los Angeles. The article notes that Gazarek is “an early bloomer who has not only shown gratifying determination but also a capacity for artistic growth.”


Work by Jason Michael Saunders (MM, ’14) reviewed in Choral Journal

June 11, 2014

“Monotone,” a choral composition by alumnus Jason Michael Saunders (MM, ’14), was reviewed in the most recent edition of the American Choral Directors Association publication, Choral Journal. “With beautifully conjunct phrasing and accessible yet interesting phrasing,” writes reviewer Steven Grives, “Saunders has created a choral setting that can be performed by both amateur and professional ensembles.”


Alumni mentioned in New York Philharmonic review in New York Times

June 6, 2014

Sheryl Staples and Michelle Kim, both graduates of USC Thornton’s Strings program, were mentioned in a recent New York Philharmonic concert review in the New York Times. The event featured Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Scottish violinist, Nicola Benedetti. Staples, who serves as principal associate concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic, […]


Grant Gershon named Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale

May 16, 2014

The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced that Music Director and USC Thornton alumnus Grant Gershon will continue at the choir’s helm through the 2019-2020 season with the new title of Artistic Director.  Gershon’s title change from Music Director to Artistic Director reflects the highly regarded conductor’s expanded vision to redefine the choral experience.


Morten Lauridsen to be featured guest at Valley Concert Chorale anniversary celebrations

May 14, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen will serve as the guest of honor at this weekend’s “Morten Lauridsen Festival” in the San Francisco Bay Area. The event is being held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Valley Concert Chorale. During the festival, Lauridsen will host workshops for local high school and college […]


Andrew Norman’s “Release” reviewed by Los Angeles Times

May 5, 2014

Composition faculty and USC Thornton alumnus Andrew Norman was praised by the Los Angeles Times for his composition “Release,” which premiered at the Walt Disney Concert Hall May 1. Reviewer Mark Swed called the work “wonderfully fresh,” and noted that the piece’s “climaxes rose and fell like the deep breaths of Zen monks meditating in […]


Andrew Norman to premiere new work with Los Angeles Philharmonic

April 28, 2014

Alumnus and Composition faculty Andrew Norman will premiere his latest piece, “Release,” with Emanuel Ax and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on May 1 and 3. The piece will be performed at the LA Phil’s “Ax Brahms Project: Ax & Dudamel” program at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lucinda Carver, vice dean of the Classical Performance & […]


USC Thornton alumni receive ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

April 18, 2014

Alumni Eric Guinivan and Sarah Rimkus were recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The program provides recognition and cash awards to talented young composers in the concert music field.  The recipients will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May […]


The Calder Quartet awarded Avery Fisher Career Grant

April 9, 2014

The Calder Quartet (Benjamin Jacobson, violin; Andrew Bulbrook, violin; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; Eric Byers, cello) was named as one of the recipients of the Avery Fisher Career Grants for 2014. The grants give professional assistance to instrumentalists judged to have exceptional career potential. Founded at USC, the Calder Quartet is known for the discovery, commissioning, […]


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