News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Three USC Thornton cellists save the day at Walt Disney Concert Hall

January 22, 2018

On Friday, January 19th, three USC Thornton cellists took to the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall for a daring musical rescue mission, of sorts. When Los Angeles Philharmonic soloist Robert deMaine was unable to perform the U.S. premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s daunting modernist Cello Concerto at the last minute, conductor Susanna Mälkki invited […]


Clarinetists earn prizes at the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition

January 19, 2018

Two USC Thornton clarinet students recently took prizes in the 2018 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. Masters candidate Ryan Toher earned 1st Prize in Classical Clarinet. This month, Toher will also participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program traveling to New York City for an intensive ten days of training, rehearsal, and performance […]


USC celebrates Diversity Week Jan. 22-26

January 18, 2018

From Monday, January 22nd to Friday the 26th, 2018, the USC community will come together for Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Week, presenting over 60 events, workshops, talks, and panels from “Understanding Allyship” to “Tips for Pronouncing Chinese Names.” USC Thornton faculty will take part in several events, including “And Still We Rise: Women of Color […]


William E. Rutherford memorial to be held January 27

January 18, 2018

William E. Rutherford (1929-2017) was an esteemed and renowned scholar, writer, and professor of Linguistics at USC for thirty years. He was also a musician and performed early music on the harpsichord and organ. In the 1960s, he formed the Musica Pacifica ensemble with Shirley Marcus, Ruth Adams, Morris Newman, and others, and the group […]


Bassoonist Elizabeth Roberts earns position with Virginia Symphony

January 17, 2018

USC Thornton Winds & Percussion alumna Elizabeth Roberts (MM ’01, bassoon) recently won the position of Contrabassoon with the Norfolk-based Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Roberts has also served as Principal Bassoon and Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony since 2001, where she teaches on the faculty of the University of Virginia.


Pianist Daniel Pollack attends the 2017 St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

January 16, 2018

Renowned pianist and USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Daniel Pollack, was an honored participant at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum in November. At the inaugural forum in 2016, Pollack became the first recipient of the exceptional designation, “The Forum Ambassador,” granted to Russian and foreign prominent culture and arts experts. At the 2017 […]


“Trojan Family Magazine” explores the cutting-edge work of Thornton music educators

January 10, 2018

Trojan Family Magazine recently put a spotlight on arts education in Los Angeles, as championed by a number of USC educators, including USC Thornton faculty and alumni. The article, “The Trojans Bringing Arts Education Back to Kids and Schools,” points to Peter Webster, Thornton’s Scholar-in-Residence and Vice Dean of Division of Scholarly & Professional Studies, […]


Street Symphony project, featuring USC Thornton artists, profiled in “The New Yorker”

January 9, 2018

“One act of love, I know for sure, is listening,” said homeless singer Brian Palmer in The New Yorker magazine’s recent profile of the groundbreaking Street Symphony, which brings Handel’s “Messiah” to the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles’ Skid Row each holiday season. The article, by Alex Ross, explores the extraordinary outreach work of the […]


Jenny Wong reviewed in Scene and Heard International

January 8, 2018

Music writer Douglas Dutton recently reviewed the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s December 10th performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall for the website Seen and Heard International. The concert marked the debut of USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music DMA candidate Jenny Wong (MM ’13, choral) in the role of associate conductor, leading the ensemble in […]


MUNA garners critical praise

December 21, 2017

2017 was a banner year for the band MUNA, which was formed by USC Thornton Popular Music alumni Katie Gavin (BA ’15) and Josette Maskin (’16), along with Naomi McPherson (BA ’15). In addition to dropping their debut album, About U, the band was invited to open for Harry Styles on the British singer’s North […]


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