USC Doctoral student Daniel Temkin (top left) was one of two USC Thornton Composition students honored at the BMI Student Composer Awards.

Composition students honored with BMI Student Composer Awards

June 16, 2014

USC Thornton Composition students Saad Nadim Haddad and Daniel Temkin are two of eight young classical composers named winners of the 62nd Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. Haddad, an undergraduate student, won for Mai, a work for string quartet and electronics; Temkin was honored for From Distant Dreams, a work for orchestra. Winners are selected for their superior musical compositional ability, […]


Work by DMA student premiered by New York Philharmonic

June 12, 2014

DMA student Julia Adolphe’s “Dark Sand, Sifting Light” was performed at the New York Philharmonic as a part of the NY Phil Biennial. The New York Times called the piece “colorful, mercurial, [and] deftly orchestrated.” USC Distinguished Professor, Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin, Midori Goto, also performed as a soloist during the concert.


Work by Jason Michael Saunders (MM, ’14) reviewed in Choral Journal

June 11, 2014

“Monotone,” a choral composition by alumnus Jason Michael Saunders (MM, ’14), was reviewed in the most recent edition of the American Choral Directors Association publication, Choral Journal. “With beautifully conjunct phrasing and accessible yet interesting phrasing,” writes reviewer Steven Grives, “Saunders has created a choral setting that can be performed by both amateur and professional ensembles.”


Somang Jeagal awarded grand prize at Washington International Competition for Piano

June 9, 2014

Somang Jeagal, a student in the Keyboard Studies Artist Diploma Program studying under faculty Kevin Fitz-Gerald, was awarded the grand prize in the 61st Washington International Competition for Piano on June 8, 2014. The award comes with a $10,000 financial prize, as well as a debut solo recital and concerto appearance at the Kennedy Center in […]

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Alumni mentioned in New York Philharmonic review in New York Times

June 6, 2014

Sheryl Staples and Michelle Kim, both graduates of USC Thornton’s Strings program, were mentioned in a recent New York Philharmonic concert review in the New York Times. The event featured Russian conductor Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Scottish violinist, Nicola Benedetti. Staples, who serves as principal associate concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic, […]


Bruce Forman profiled in interview with Tuscon Weekly

May 23, 2014

Tucson Weekly featured Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty Bruce Forman’s Cow Bop, a jazz and Western music-themed band. The story noted he teaches guitar at USC and has invited younger students to perform in Cow Bop. “While I love serious music, and I play just as much to challenge myself, I think jazz has to be more […]


Grant Gershon named Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale

May 16, 2014

The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced that Music Director and Thornton alumnus Grant Gershon will continue at the choir’s helm through the 2019-2020 season with the new title of Artistic Director.  Gershon’s title change from Music Director to Artistic Director reflects the highly regarded conductor’s expanded vision to redefine the choral experience.


Baroque Sinfonia invited to perform at Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival

May 16, 2014

As a winner in the Early Music America Collegium, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia will be among six ensembles who will perform at Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival on June 4-6 in Berkeley, CA. The festival brings together students and ensembles from colleges, universities and conservatories throughout North America. Baroque Sinfonia will perform La pazzia senile, […]


Vocal Arts students take home honors at Classical Singer Preliminary Auditions

May 16, 2014

Vocal performance organization Classical Singer awarded several Thornton students in their recent Classical Singer Preliminary Auditions, held in Malibu this March. Emily Peterson placed first in the Classical University category, Grant Yosenick placed second in the Musical Theatre University category and Lesley Baird was awarded third place in the Classical Young Artist category.

Georgi Dimitrov is a first-year composition major in the Master of Music program in the USC Thornton School of Music. He is one of two students to enter the composition program this year.

USC Thornton alumni to star in opera by Composition student Georgi Dimitrov

May 15, 2014

Composition student Georgi Dimitrov‘s chamber opera, Maximus, will be performed at Monk Space in Los Angeles on May 21 at 8:00 p.m.  The cast features many USC Thornton alumni, including clarinetist Eric Jacobs and singer James Hayden. The one act opera involves a parking ticket that, despite being generated in error, comes back to destroy the life […]

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