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Popular Music student Malia Civetz to perform with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

January 15, 2015

Malia Civetz (BA ’16), current student in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program, performs tonight with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven Meets Coldplay, a symphonic mash-up of Beethoven’s Eroica and several of Coldplay’s most famous songs. Civetz was selected as the female lead alongside Ben Jones of the Grammy Award-winning a capella group Chanticleer and […]

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Green Umbrella performance features USC Thornton faculty Brian Head, Marion Kuszyk and student Eric Jacobs

January 14, 2015

The Los Angeles Times reviewed the L.A. Phil’s Green Umbrella series concert in December featuring a program of new music by composers from Germany, Switzerland and Italy as well as a mid-20th century classic by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Titled the “European Avant-Garde,” the concert featured Thornton faculty Brian Head, chair of the Classical Guitar program; Marion […]

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Ruslan Biryukov celebrates Glendale Philharmonic’s 5th anniversary

January 14, 2015

The Glendale Philharmonic celebrated its fifth anniversary on Sat., Jan. 10 at the First Baptist Church of Glendale. A recent feature in the Los Angeles Daily News mentioned that non-degreed alumnus Ruslan Biryukov (GCRT, ARTD, violoncello) founded the Glendale Philharmonic 5 years ago and is now its artistic director. “Our mission,” says Biryukov of the […]


Houston Early Music Festival to Welcome Ciaramella

January 12, 2015

Ciaramella, the early music ensemble led by USC Thornton faculty Rotem and Adam Gilbert, will travel to Texas for a performance on Sun., Feb. 15 at Houston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Broadway World mentioned the performance, noting that in 2014 the Gilberts received the prestigious Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America in recognition of […]


USC Thornton celebrates final Charles Dickens Dinner

January 5, 2015

Friends and fans of the USC Thornton School of Music celebrated the holiday season as they have for more than a quarter of a century – at the Charles Dickens Dinner. The Dec. 12 event, titled “Remembering Dickens Past,” raised money for scholarships. Three talented student musicians – Annelle Kazumi Gregory, Tina Huynh and Max […]

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Aron Kallay receives glowing review in the Los Angeles Times

December 18, 2014

USC Thornton faculty and alum Aron Kallay (DMA ’09) received a glowing review in the Los Angeles Times for his premiere Piano Spheres recital on Tuesday, Dec. 16. The late Leonard Stein formed Piano Spheres in 1994 to showcase new music, and Kallay’s recital was the second in a satellite series this season at REDCAT […]

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Alumna Angela Meade featured on cover of Opera News

December 16, 2014

Vocal Arts alumna Angela Meade (MM ’04) was featured on the cover of Opera News magazine, published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. The former student of Vocal Arts professor Gary Glaze and November cover star was featured in the 13th annual diva issue as a young, powerful, and undeniably talented soprano. Her voice was described […]

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Jeffrey Kahane interviewed in the Los Angeles Times about new faculty appointment at Thornton

December 10, 2014

The Los Angeles Times interviewed the acclaimed pianist and music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra about his new appointment as faculty in Thornton’s Keyboard Studies department beginning in fall 2015. He steps down from his LACO post in 2017. “I love the orchestra and things are going very well, but it’s been 18 […]


The Los Angeles Times commends Grant Gershon and Morten Lauridsen in review of Music Center gala

December 9, 2014

The Los Angeles Times mentioned Thornton alum Grant Gershon (BM ’85), artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and resident Conductor of LA Opera, and USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen in a review of the Music Center’s 50th Anniversary Spectacular at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Dec. 6. The Times mentioned one bright spot […]

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Composition alum David Werfelmann named assistant professor of music at Webster University

December 8, 2014

David Werfelmann (DMA ’14, Composition) has been appointed assistant professor of music at Webster University, where he will teach music theory and composition in addition to leading the BA in Music program beginning in August, 2015. Werfelmann is an award-winning composer whose work has been performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the IU Jacobs School […]

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