Keyboard Studies News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Several volumes of songs by Alan L. Smith published

April 2, 2018

Several volumes of song arrangements by Alan L. Smith, USC Thornton Keyboard Studies chair and director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, were recently published by Classical Vocal Reprints. The collection features several volumes of folk song arrangements, some of which were written for renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, and also includes a song cycle for soprano, violin, […]

Faculty and student chamber performance of Franck Piano Quintet well received

March 27, 2018

David J. Brown of LA Opus recently reviewed a chamber music performance of César Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor M.7 by USC Thornton faculty members Glenn Dicterow (first violin), Bernadene Blaha (piano), and Karen Dreyfus (violin), with students Benjamin Lash (cello) and Mann-Wen Lo (violin). The performance was part of the Second Sundays series […]

Daniel Linder earns Graduate Student Government research award

March 21, 2018

Daniel Linder, a DMA candidate in USC Thornton’s Keyboard Studies program, was recently awarded 1st Prize in the Humanities division of the USC Graduate Student Government’s 10th annual Research Symposium awards. Linder’s research explored the musical language of 20th Century French composer Maurice Ohana, focusing on his Six Études d’Interprétation (1981-82). Under the guidance of […]

Pianist Vicki Ray records new work by Daniel Lentz

February 6, 2018

Pianist Vicki Ray’s (DMA ’88) recent recording of River of 1,000 Streams by composer Daniel Lentz was warmly reviewed by the website I Care If You Listen. Referring to the USC Thornton alumna as a “Los Angeles luminary,” reviewer Nick Stevens lauded her performance as a “colorful, nuanced, arresting statement,” demonstrating “first-rate artistry.” Lentz’s 28-minute […]

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 […]

Alumnus Martin Leung performs with the Academic Leipzig Orchestra

November 20, 2017

On November 13th, Keyboard Studies alumnus Martin Leung (DMA ’15, piano) performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig (Academic Leipzig Orchestra) under maestro Horst Förster. Leung received the opportunity to perform at the Leipzig Gewandhaus after winning first prize in the concerto division of the Los Angeles Liszt Piano competition last […]

This Saturday, Thornton celebrates new music from “Noon to Midnight” with the LA Phil

November 14, 2017

On Saturday, November 18th, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will welcome the city’s most adventurous music audiences to Walt Disney Concert Hall for a day-long celebration of contemporary composition, Noon to Midnight. In addition to performances by Steven Schick, Rage Thormbones, LA Signal Lab, Los Angeles Electric 8, wild Up, red fish blue fish, gnarwhallaby, SASSAS, […]

Thornton students sweep video performance competition

November 14, 2017

Students from USC Thornton’s Classical Division have swept the first James Ramos International Video Competition, a joint venture of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) and Social Media Works. Recognizing that Youtube and Facebook have become important video platforms for musicians to audition and to share their artistry with the world, the competition […]

Jeffrey Kahane on conducting from the keyboard

November 9, 2017

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty Jeffrey Kahane boasts a celebrated career in piano and conducting, and part of his expertise is in doing both simultaneously. In a recent feature on the website of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Kahane mentions that dividing his attention between the piano and the orchestra requires tremendous skill, but it’s […]

Keyboard Studies DMA candidates contribute to CAPMT conference and journal

October 26, 2017

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies DMA candidates Michael Krikorian, Daniel Linder, Eva Schaumkell and Alexander Zhu were recently selected to present a research poster at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) state conference in Fresno. The students, all of whom are MTNA USC Collegiate Chapter members, presented on the subject of “Demystifying 20th and […]

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