Strings News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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, […]


Bear McCreary, Calder Quartet profiled by LA Times

March 21, 2014

USC Thornton alumnus Bear McCreary and the Calder Quartet — comprised of alumni Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook, Jonathan Moerschel and Eric Byers — were interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for a feature on McCreary’s work as the composer for the Starz series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” McCreary and the members of the Calder Quartet met while freshmen at USC […]


Temple City Tribune previews performance by student Ga Hyun Cho

March 10, 2014

The Temple City Tribune previewed the Shumei Arts Council’s Clyde Montgomery Concert, which will occur on April 6 in Pasadena. The concert will feature selected musicians from USC Thornton, including Ga Hyun Cho — a Startling Foundation Scholarship recipient who studies under Strings Chair Midori Goto, world-renowned violinist and Distinguished Professor at USC. The program is organized […]


Midori featured on GRAMMY-winning album

January 27, 2014

The 2014 GRAMMY Award winning album for “Best Classical Compendium” features USC Thornton Distinguished Professor and Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin Midori. The album, Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik, was conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and includes Midori as a featured soloist. “I am delighted that Christoph Eschenbach and the NDR Symphony Orchestra invited me to […]


Performance by Glenn Dicterow reviewed in New York Times

January 23, 2014

The New York Times reviewed a performance by strings faculty Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 34 years, reporting that he retires from his post in June to join the USC Thornton School. The story noted that the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music is receiving star billing throughout the […]


Sunny Yang Named A ‘Face to Watch’ by Los Angeles Times

January 10, 2014

USC Thornton alumna Sunny Yang was recently included in the Los Angeles Times’ ‘Faces to Watch 2014’ feature, which highlights figures in entertainment and the arts who will be making news in the new year. Yang, a cellist who performs with the Kronos Quartet, was called “a cool cucumber for whom no challenge seems too great” and […]


Music critics impressed by Britten “War Requiem” performance with USC Thornton musicians

November 27, 2013

The Los Angeles Times previewed and covered two performances of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” that were part of the Britten 100 celebration. Members of the USC Thornton Symphony, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and USC Thornton Concert Choir joined LA Opera music director James Conlon, the Colburn Orchestra, and many other choirs in performances at Walt […]


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