Classical Guitar News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet releases new album

March 26, 2015

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, which features John Dearman, USC Thornton alum Matthew Greif, and USC Thornton faculty Scott Tenant and William Kanengiser, has released a new album, entitled New Renaissance. The recording, which evokes 16th century La Mancha with a distinctly modern aesthetic, was partially funded through a crowd-sourced Kickstarter campaign, which […]


Classical Guitar professor William Kanengiser featured in KUSC interview

March 10, 2015

USC Thornton faculty William Kanengiser was featured in a March 5th interview by Jim Svejda on classic radio station KUSC 91.5 FM. Kanengiser premiered his arrangements of Music from the Time of Cervantes and discussed his work with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and recent collaboration with composer and Thornton alum Jeffrey Holmes at the […]


Ines Thomé and Katina Mitchell win Thornton Outreach Chamber Ensemble Competition

March 10, 2015

USC Thornton students Ines Thomé (GCRT, DMA) and Katina Mitchell (DMA) won the Thornton Outreach Chamber Ensemble Competition with their ensemble Gifts from Over Sea. Thomé, a DMA student in Classical Guitar, and Mitchell, a DMA student in Vocal Arts, will perform upcoming concerts for school children in Los Angeles as Thornton Outreach Chamber Ensemble […]


Classical Guitar alum Cameron O’Connor a finalist in the Tokyo International Guitar Competition

January 30, 2015

Classical guitar alum Cameron O’Connor, who recently completed his DMA, was a finalist in the Tokyo International Guitar Competition. O’Connor, who studied with Bill Kanengiser, made his Lincoln Center debut in 2009 under the baton of Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun, performing Concerto for Six, an ensemble piece which mixes Western and Eastern musical idioms. […]


Green Umbrella performance features USC Thornton faculty Brian Head, Marion Kuszyk and student Eric Jacobs

January 14, 2015

The Los Angeles Times reviewed the L.A. Phil’s Green Umbrella series concert in December featuring a program of new music by composers from Germany, Switzerland and Italy as well as a mid-20th century classic by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Titled the “European Avant-Garde,” the concert featured Thornton faculty Brian Head, chair of the Classical Guitar program; Marion […]


Classical Guitar alum Colin Davin to perform on Late Show with David Letterman

November 20, 2014

Classical Guitar alum Colin Davin (BM ’09) will perform the folk-blues classic “Midnight Special” with GRAMMY Award-winning contemporary opera singer Jessye Norman on the Late Show with David Letterman this Thurs., Nov. 20. Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide), […]


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USC Thornton Classical Guitar faculty William Kanengiser, Brian Head featured in educational video

November 4, 2014

USC Thornton Classical Guitar faculty and alumnus William Kanengiser was recently featured in an educational video for Classical Guitar Tone Production. Brian Head, chair of the Classical Guitar Program, provides the narration for the video. The tutorial, titled “Learning with Legends,” focuses on the various ways musicians can create “a good tone” when playing classical guitar. […]


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Album by current student Mak Grgic receives praise from New York Times, Independent

October 16, 2014

Cinema Verisimo, the newest album by USC Thornton Classical Guitar doctoral candidate Mak Grgic, received praise from both the New York Times and the Independent (UK). The album features original arrangements of classical works written specifically for, or featured prominently in popular films, which the Independent called both “cleverly compiled” and “ingeniously arranged.”  Among the […]


Vladimir Gorbach to perform at Laguna Beach Music Festival Fall Salon

October 6, 2014

Vladimir Gorbach, USC Thornton’s first ever International Artist Fellow, will perform at this year’s Laguna Beach Music Festival Fall Salon on October 16. Gorbach is recognized internationally as an award winning guitarist with captivating presence. His dynamic and established repertoire is the perfect partnership setting the tone for LBMF’s upcoming February Festival, featuring USC Thornton […]


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