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Soprano Jessica Rivera reprises role in “Hubble Cantata” in Los Angeles

June 12, 2017

Soprano and USC Thornton alumna Jessica Rivera (MM ’98) returns to Southern California in October to reprise her role in the groundbreaking Hubble Cantata, a multimedia “experience that pushes the boundaries of art and science as it takes audiences on a journey of wonder and exploration.” Soprano Jessica Rivera performing during the premiere of the […]


Alan Pasqua featured in Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture

June 8, 2017

Jazz pianist and USC Thornton faculty member Alan Pasqua recently received an extraordinary request – to contribute improvisational background music for Bob Dylan’s 2016 Nobel Prize lecture, which was released as a video this week. Pasqua, who played in Dylan’s band in the 1970’s, had just one day to record about 30 minutes of original […]


Moonchild embarks on international tour with new album

June 8, 2017

The band Moonchild, which was formed at USC Thornton in 2012 by Jazz Studies alumni Amber Navran (’12), Max Bryk (’11), and Andris Mattson (’13), is currently in the midst of an extensive North American tour. The Jazz and R&B-influenced group, which has opened for Stevie Wonder, Jose James, and Georgia Anne Muldrow, is promoting […]


Dean Robert Cutietta featured on podcast ahead of Eastman Leadership Conference

May 31, 2017

This June, Robert Cutietta, Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music, will serve as faculty at the 4-day Eastman Leadership Conference at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. Together with Martin Messinger, Dean of the Eastman School of Music, and Toni-Marie Montgomery, Dean of the Bienen School of Music at […]


Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers performs Morten Lauridsen arrangement

May 30, 2017

International violinist Anne Akiko Meyers recently performed a violin arrangement of O Magnum Mysterium, a popular choral work by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74). Arranged especially for her, Meyers presented the work in recitals in New York City and Washington, D.C., last month. During her tour, Meyers visited the […]


Argus Quartet wins senior strings division of M Prize

May 25, 2017

The Argus Quartet, which includes USC Thornton alumni Clara Kim (DMA ’15, violin) and Jason Issokson (MM ’10, violin) along with violist Dana Kelley and cellist Jo Whang, was named the first place winner in the Senior Strings division of the University of Michigan’s M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. In addition to a cash prize of […]


Clarinet student Dario Brignoli takes principal position with Tucson Symphony

May 23, 2017

Clarinetist and USC Thornton graduate student Dario Brignoli recently won the principal clarinet position with the Tucson Symphony. Brignoli joins three Thornton alumni performing with the ensemble: principal flutist Alexander Lipay (MM ’07, flute), principal keyboardist Paula Fan (MM ‘74, DMA ’82, keyboard collaborative arts), and bassoonist Benjamin Yingst (MM ’08, bassoon). Thornton graduate certificate […]


Music Industry alum Golan named Songwriter of the Year

May 18, 2017

The 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards honored Music Industry alumnus Ross Golan (‘01) with the Songwriter of the Year award on Tuesday. Golan, one of two recipients of this year’s award, along with co-winner Justin Tranter, was recognized for his work on Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman,” Andy Grammer’s “Good to Be Alive,” Flo Rida’s “My […]


Composition alumnus Saad Haddad travels the globe

May 16, 2017

Though the 2016-17 season is winding down, composer and USC Thornton alumnus Saad Haddad (’14, composition) continues to travel the globe to share his music. Recently awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Grand Prize at the S&R Foundation Washington Awards, Haddad spent five weeks […]


Marylin Winkle’s theatrical work praised by Los Angeles Times

May 15, 2017

Early Music DMA student Marylin Winkle received praise from the Los Angeles Times for her role in Skylight Theatre’s production of “Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers.” Winkle composed live original music, which F. Kathleen Foley of the Times said “beautifully [underscored] the proceedings.” Last semester, Winkle directed the Chamber Opera of USC’s […]


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