Vocal Arts and Opera News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Vocal Arts students take home honors at Classical Singer Preliminary Auditions

May 16, 2014

Vocal performance organization Classical Singer awarded several Thornton students in their recent Classical Singer Preliminary Auditions, held in Malibu this March. Emily Peterson placed first in the Classical University category, Grant Yosenick placed second in the Musical Theatre University category and Lesley Baird was awarded third place in the Classical Young Artist category.


Ken Cazan added to The Grove Dictionary of American Music

January 21, 2014

Ken Cazan, Vocal Arts and Opera Chair and Resident Stage Director of USC Thornton Opera, included in the newly updated 2nd edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music. Last updated over 25 years ago, the seminal music dictionary is devoted to American music scholarship and includes entries on popular music, opera, music technologies, musical […]


Cynthia Munzer to present masterclass for young vocalists

January 16, 2014

Vocal Arts and Opera professor Cynthia Munzer will lead a masterclass for young vocalists through the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight program. The organization provides high school students scholarship opportunities and training from leading performers in the fields of dance, music and visual art. Munzer’s masterclass, which is free and open to the public, will […]


Thornton faculty and alumnus join New York City Opera for new premiere

September 18, 2013

The New York Times reviewed the U.S. premiere of the New York City Opera’s production, Anna Nicole, which features jazz studies faculty Peter Erskine, vocal arts and opera faculty Rod Gilfry, and alumnus Montgomery Hatch. Based on the life of model and actress Anna Nicole Smith, the opera was praised for its balanced and multi-dimensional […]


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