Classical Guitar News from the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Classical Guitarist Michael Kudirka profiled for Adès collaboration

April 17, 2017

Internationally acclaimed guitarist and USC Thornton alumnus Michael Kudirka (’04, DMA, ’12) was the subject of a feature profile in the spring 2017 issue of Classical Guitar Magazine, exploring his collaboration with composer Thomas Adès. The duo worked together on a “guitar aria” for Adès’ surrealist opera, The Exterminating Angel, which is based on the […]


Alumna guitarist Eva Beneke to perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

March 9, 2017

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumna Eva Beneke (DMA ’12) will perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, March 11th. The concert will include the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Unremembered, an “hour-long, 13-part song cycle inspired by poems and illustrations by Nathaniel Bellows.” Beneke is currently the artistic director for Lowertown Classics, […]


Scott Tennant plans an album of Segovia compositions

November 4, 2016

Scott Tennant, a member of the USC Thornton Classical Guitar faculty, was profiled in the November/December issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine for his project to record an album of compositions by virtuoso guitarist, Andrés Segovia. Tennant has collaborated with fellow Segovia disciple Michael Lorimer to compile the master list of Segovia’s known compositions and will […]


Guitarist Colin Davin joins faculty at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory

October 13, 2016

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumnus Colin Davin (BM ’09) has been appointed to the guitar faculty at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Prior to this appointment, Davin taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as a teaching assistant to guitarist Sharon Isbin. As a performer, Davin has appeared at Carnegie Hall, […]


William Kanengiser talks to “Classical Guitar” about recital preparation

September 8, 2016

Classical guitarist and USC Thornton faculty member William Kanengiser was recently interviewed by Classical Guitar magazine on the importance of achieving emotional expression rather than perfection when preparing a new piece of music. Guitarists Martha Masters and Stephen Robinson were also interviewed for the August 5th article in which the artists discussed their practice techniques […]


Garry Schyman to premiere concerto with the L.A. Jewish Symphony

August 17, 2016

Garry Schyman, alumnus and USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, will premiere a new viola concerto, Zingaro, with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony on August 21. The program, conducted by Noreen Green and featuring violist Matthew Cohen, highlights music by composers from the film and gaming industries, including selections from Schyman’s scores for the BioSchock […]


Thornton alumni perform at the Salzburg Festival

August 5, 2016

Several USC Thornton alumni are performing at the celebrated Salzburg Festival this summer, including the Calder Quartet (violinists Benjamin Jacobson BM ’01, MM ’07 and Andrew Bulbrook BM ’02; violist Jonathan Moerschel BM ’01, MM ’03; and cellist Eric Byers BM ’03), which presented a program of works by Thomas Adès, György Kurtág, and Franz […]


Trojan Family Magazine spotlights musicians – and the specialists who keep them healthy

July 6, 2016

The spring issue of USC’s Trojan Family Magazine includes a feature article exploring the special relationship between musicians and the medical specialists who help to keep them in top performing condition. The piece profiled two USC Thornton students – Popular Music junior Javen Smith and Vocal Arts alumnus Justin Fatu Su’esu’e (MM ’16) – and […]


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