Troy Quinn (DMA ’13) named featured conductor for Juneau Symphony’s Guest Conductor Concert Series

November 7, 2014

USC Thornton Choral and Sacred Music Program alumnus Troy Quinn (DMA ’13) was named the first featured conductor in the Juneau Symphony’s 2014-15 Guest Conductor Concert Series beginning this November. Lauded for his “energetic and riveting yet sensitive conducting,” Quinn’s program will feature the rare heard William Walton Suite from the 1944 Laurence Olivier film, Henry […]

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USC Thornton faculty Andrew Shulman and Rachel Fine, Board of Councilors member Randy Newman participate in LACO’s Germany à la carte

November 6, 2014

USC Thornton School of Music faculty members Andrew Shulman and Rachel Fine, along with USC Thornton Board of Councilors member Randy Newman, participated in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Germany à la carte” event, part of the “LACO à la carte” series. The events pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of […]


DMA student Natasha Marin performs recital in France Bordeaux/Los Angeles Sister City Partnership

November 5, 2014

Current USC Thornton Keyboard Studies DMA candidate Natasha Marin performed in Bordeaux, France alongside mezzo-soprano Victoria Shereshevskaya for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Bordeaux/Los Angeles Sister City Partnership. Marin, a classical pianist hailing from Russia, has worked as a soloist with chamber ensembles and piano duos, and has performed extensively in Europe and the United States. […]

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USC Thornton Classical Guitar faculty William Kanengiser, Brian Head featured in educational video

November 4, 2014

USC Thornton Classical Guitar faculty and alumnus William Kanengiser was recently featured in an educational video for Classical Guitar Tone Production. Brian Head, chair of the Classical Guitar Program, provides the narration for the video. The tutorial, titled “Learning with Legends,” focuses on the various ways musicians can create “a good tone” when playing classical guitar. […]


Grant Fonda (GCRT, ’13) selected to participate in ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop

November 3, 2014

Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television alumnus Grant Fonda (GCRT, ’13) was one of the 12 internationally selected applicants to participate in the ASCAP TV & Film Scoring Workshop with EMMY Award-winning composer, Richard Bellis. Fonda also composed the score for the film My Dear Americans, which won first place in the 2014 PBS Online Film […]

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USC Thornton Wind and Percussion faculty Kristy Morrell publishes first instructional guide

November 3, 2014

Current USC Thornton Wind and Percussion faculty Kristy Morrell (MM ’94, DMA ’97) recently published Musician, Heal Thyself, A Self-Help Guide for Hornists. The book contains a multitude of resources for hornists, including: an assemblage of drills and exercises; strategies for efficient practice and problem solving; injury prevention and musical wellness; audition preparation; and how to manage performance anxiety. Morrell’s […]


Ted Hearne featured in The Wall Street Journal

October 31, 2014

Ted Hearne, assistant professor of composition at USC Thornton, was featured in an article by The Wall Street Journal for his work, The Source. The composition is based on text by the activist group WikiLeaks and former United States Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, famous for releasing the largest set of classified documents ever leaked […]


Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet, featuring Jazz Studies alumni, release debut album

October 30, 2014

Sophisticated Lady Jazz Quartet – which features USC Thornton alumni Andrew Boyle (BM ’12, MM ’14), Misha Adair Bigos (MM, ’14), JJ Kirkpatrick (MM, ’14), and Gary Wicks (MM, ’13) – released their debut album in September 2014 via Yarlung Records. The self-titled album was recorded on campus at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute in Camilleri Hall and was praised by The […]


Morten Lauridsen honored at “Shining Night Festival” in Toronto

October 29, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Composition and USC Thornton School of Music alumnus Morten Lauridsen was the subject of a recent day-long festival held at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada. The Shining Night Festival, which took place on October 25, included a gala concert, a screening of the 2012 Lauridsen documentary Shining Night, and a one-on-one conversation with […]


Weicheng Zhao (MM ’14, DMA ’16) and Fang Gao (GCRT, ’16) to perform at Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium

October 28, 2014

Current USC Thornton doctoral candidate Weicheng Zhao (MM ’14, DMA ’16) is one of two organists to perform on the Young Artists’ Platform during the Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium.  His wife Fang Gao (GCRT, ’16), who is currently a student in the Early  Music program, will join him in a concert at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in […]

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