Musicology News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Dana Gioia wins Poets’ Prize

April 9, 2018

Dana Gioia, USC Thornton Arts Leadership and Musicology faculty member and Poet Laureate of California, recently won the Poets’ Prize for his retrospective, 99 Poems, which was published in 2016. The Poets’ Prize recognizes a book published by a living American poet each year. Gioia, who served as the chairman of the National Endowment for […]


Scott Spencer marks St. Patrick’s Day with a chat about historical Irish music

March 22, 2018

Scott Spencer, USC Libraries Music Library Supervisor and a member of the USC Thornton Musicology faculty, was recently featured on the Virginia Humanities’ BackStory podcast. Spencer spoke with host Brian Balogh about early 20th century recordings made by Irish Americans for the podcast’s St. Patrick’s Day episode, exploring historical perspectives of Irish-American life. Spencer is […]


College Magazine surveys “10 Music Courses at USC to Jump Start Your Music Career”

November 27, 2017

College Magazine recently put USC Thornton at the center of an article exploring college courses to “Jump Start Your Music Career.” From classes in jazz performance and music theory to Music and Science Fiction and Thornton’s legendary Beatles class, the piece surveys the many innovative learning opportunities available to Thornton music students. The article puts […]


Tim Page quoted by NPR and the Daily Beast

November 13, 2017

Tim Page, professor at both USC Thornton and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, was recently quoted in a Daily Beast article, “Bob Guccione Jr.: Where ‘Rolling Stone’ Went Wrong, and How I Would Save It.” Page described Rolling Stone as a “lifeline for music-crazy kids all over the country,” and as a […]


Musicology student Eric Davis contributes to award-winning Cole Porter journal

October 31, 2017

USC Thornton Musicology doctoral candidate Eric Davis published an essay, “‘I Hate Parading My Serenading’: The Historical Record of Porter as a Performer” in A Cole Porter Companion, released by the University of Illinois Press in 2016. The volume, which the University of Illinois Press describes as “an invaluable guide for the fans and scholars […]


Joanna Demers publishes new book of musicological fiction

September 28, 2017

Joanna Demers, chair of the USC Thornton Musicology department, recently published her fourth book, entitled Anatomy of Thought-Fiction: CHS Report, April 2214. Much like her previous novel, Anatomy of Thought-Fiction explores popular music through the fictional framework of an unpublished musicological manuscript that “interrogates the music of artists ranging from David Bowie and Scott Walker […]


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