Anna Drubich’s “Kaddish” to open Babi-Yar commemoration in Kiev

September 13, 2016

A composition by USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television alumna Anna Drubich (GCRT ’12) will be featured at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Babi-Yar Holocaust massacres in Kiev, Ukraine. Drubich’s Kaddish, an 11-minute concerto for cello, Tibetan singing bowl, timpani, and strings, will feature cellist Evgeny Tonkha as soloist. Drubich […]


Thornton takes center stage in new USC NCAA spot

September 12, 2016

Last week, the University of Southern California debuted its new 2016 institutional TV spot to national audiences during the NCAA football game between the USC Trojans and the University of Alabama. The 30-second spot, which will air throughout the athletic season, highlights the arts USC and features a number of USC Thornton student musicians. close […]


Bob Mintzer and Vince Mendoza take the lead with German big band

September 9, 2016

USC Thornton Jazz Studies chair Bob Mintzer has been named Chief Conductor of the WDR Big Band, an ensemble sponsored by public broadcaster WDR in Cologne, Germany. To celebrate Mintzer’s appointment, the band recently held a welcome concert for their new conductor. Mintzer brings a wealth of experience to his new position. A renowned bandleader […]

William Kanengiser

William Kanengiser talks to “Classical Guitar” about recital preparation

September 8, 2016

Classical guitarist and USC Thornton faculty member William Kanengiser was recently interviewed by Classical Guitar magazine on the importance of achieving emotional expression rather than perfection when preparing a new piece of music. Guitarists Martha Masters and Stephen Robinson were also interviewed for the August 5th article in which the artists discussed their practice techniques […]


Ryan Reithmeier named opera director at Azusa Pacific

September 7, 2016

Ryan Reithmeier (DMA ’16, vocal arts) has been appointed the Director of Opera at the Azusa Pacific University (APU) School of Music. Reithmeier first joined the APU vocal faculty in 2015 while he was still in his doctoral studies at USC Thornton. In addition to his work with the APU Opera, Reithmeier directs high school […]


Keyboard Studies major gets an early start at USC Thornton

September 6, 2016

This fall, 16-year-old Shelby Wong begins her studies as a USC Thornton Keyboard Studies major a year ahead of schedule, as a participant in USC’s highly-competitive Resident Honors Program. The Irvine native served as the concertmaster and first chair for the Orange County School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, as well as the principal second […]


Karina DePiano performs with Troye Sivan on “Late Night”

September 2, 2016

Recent Popular Music alumna Karina DePiano (BM ’16, popular music) performed with artist Troye Sivan this week on Late Night with Seth Meyers. DePiano, who was profiled by USC Thornton last year for her work as an emerging musical director, has also worked as a keyboardist for Rita Ora. Click here to watch DePiano’s performance […]


LA Phil celebrates Martin Chalifour’s 20 years at the Hollywood Bowl

September 1, 2016

Martin Chalifour, principal concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and USC Thornton Strings faculty member, celebrates his 20th season performing at the Hollywood Bowl with a concert on September 6th. Chalifour joins the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for a program of favorites by Johann Strauss Jr., Richard Strauss, and composer-violinist Fritz Kreisler, under conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. […]

Rod Gilfry

Rod Gilfry sings Don Alfonso in back-to-back European productions

August 29, 2016

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of USC Thornton’s Vocal Arts & Opera faculty, recently performed the role of Don Alfonso in back-to-back runs of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the UK and France. The co-production, directed by Christophe Honoré and conducted by Louis Langrée and Jérémie Rhorer, was first presented at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in […]


Percussion alumni take positions with the LA Phil and beyond

August 29, 2016

USC Thornton’s Percussion program has proved to be a door-opener for alumni and current students alike. Alumnus Matthew Howard (BM ’12) will begin his new position as principal percussionist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic when the ensemble opens its 2016-17 season on September 27. Howard joins Thornton faculty members James Babor (percussion) and Joseph Pereira […]

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