Winds and Percussion News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Cardinal Winds receive strong review for Clyde Montgomery Concert performance

April 29, 2015

The Cardinal Winds woodwind sextet performed at the annual Clyde Montgomery Concert in Pasadena on March 29, during which they premiered composer Stephen Cohn’s “Aria for Winds.” Rodney Punt, in a review for LA Opus, reported that the sextet members “had their work cut out” on Cohn’s piece, but “deftly conveyed both the work’s craftsmanship […]


DMA student Andrew Harrison a finalist in Army Band competition

April 27, 2015

USC Thornton DMA saxophone student Andrew Harrison was a top ten finalist in the United States Army Band 2015 National Collegiate Solo Competition. Harrison has won various awards, including the SAI Young Artist Competition and the MTNA State Chamber Music Competition. He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and […]


Alumna Leah Schwartz-Aksnes named principal clarinet of Danish orchestra

April 21, 2015

Thornton alumna Leah Schwartz-Aksnes (MM ’09) was named principal clarinet of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. At USC Thornton, she studied with Yehuda Gilad and performed with the Thornton Symphony Orchestra. The Aalborg Symphony’s 65 musicians perform over 200 concerts a year.


Percussion students win placements with summer festivals

April 17, 2015

Several USC Thornton percussion students have been awarded placements with summer festival ensembles. Steve Logan (GRCT’ 15) won the position of principal timpani with the National Repertory Orchestra, while Johnathan Wisner (MM’16) won the principal timpani position with Bard College’s Orchestra Now in addition to a percussion spot with the National Repertory Orchestra. Brice Burton […]


Cardinal Winds sextet win Grand Prize at Plowman Chamber Music Competition

March 23, 2015

The Cardinal Winds woodwinds sextet has been awarded the Grand Prize in the 2015 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, MO. The ensemble, which formed at USC Thornton in 2014, features Catherine Baker, flute (GCRT), Zachary Pulse, oboe (GCRT), Kelsi Doolittle, clarinet (MM), Alex Garcia, bassoon (MM ’13), Carrie Rexroat, horn (MM) and Hedy Lee, […]


Cardinal Winds sextet to perform in annual Clyde Montgomery Concert in Pasadena

March 18, 2015

The Cardinal Winds woodwind sextet will perform in the Clyde Montgomery Concert at Shumei Hall in Pasadena on March 29. The ensemble, which formed at USC Thornton in 2014, features Catherine Baker, flute (GCRT), Zachary Pulse, oboe (GCRT), Kelsi Doolittle, clarinet (MM), Alex Garcia, bassoon (MM ’13), Carrie Rexroat, horn (MM) and Hedy Lee, piano […]


USC Thornton sextet Cardinal Winds selected for Coleman Competition Finals and Plowman Competition Semi-Finals

March 3, 2015

USC Thornton woodwind sextet Cardinal Winds was selected for the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition Finals. Cardinal Winds was formed at USC in 2014. Its members are Catherine Baker, flute (GCRT), Zachary Pulse, oboe (GCRT), Kelsi Doolittle, clarinet (MM), Alex Garcia, bassoon (MM ’13), Carrie Rexroat, horn (MM) and Hedy Lee, piano (DMA ‘13). The Coleman […]


Yoon-Hee Jung performs with Los Angeles Opera

February 24, 2015

USC Thornton DMA student Yoon-Hee Jung performed with the Los Angeles Opera as principal Baroque flute in the production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The show ran for six weeks last fall and was praised by the Los Angeles Times for its “exquisite Baroque miniature” that was “as gorgeous to behold as anything the company […]


David Howard, Joseph Pereira featured in Los Angeles Times series “Inside the L.A. Phil”

February 13, 2015

USC Thornton faculty David Howard and Joseph Pereira were featured in the Los Angeles Times weeklong look at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Inside the L.A. Phil. Howard, bass clarinet in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was featured in a video discussing his instrument. “The most important thing about playing a wind instrument is the wind. It’s […]


Courtney Wise releases album with group Duo Bohème

January 20, 2015

USC Thornton alumna Courtney Wise (BM ’10) recently released an album titled Senza Misura with her flute and guitar group, Duo Bohème. Wise founded the group with guitarist Lyle Sheffler, and they specialize in Spanish, Latin, and Bohemian flute and guitar music. Wise, who studied with USC Thornton faculty Gary Woodward, is a proponent of […]


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