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Ted Hearne’s latest album reviewed in The New Yorker

September 5, 2017

The New Yorker recently reviewed a new album by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne, whom reviewer Russell Platt called “one of the brightest compositional talents of the millennial generation.” Sound from the Bench features four “fierce and timely” choral works recorded by the Philadelphia-based choir, the Crossing, and directed by Donald Nally. […]


Ken Cazan praised for production of Britten’s “The Burning Fiery Furnace”

August 31, 2017

USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera chair Ken Cazan’s recent production of Benjamin Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace at the Central City Opera in Boulder, Colorado, received high praise. “Cazan’s imaginative staging combined with Britten’s music makes the message universal,” the review stated. Cazan’s stage direction delivered a modern take on Britten’s opera “where the […]


Classical Guitar alum Evan Hirschelman releases new book

August 30, 2017

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumnus Evan Hirschelman (MM ’06) has released a new instructional book with publisher Hal Leonard, entitled “Classical Guitar Chops: Essential Licks & Exercises to Maximize Your Technique.” With a foreword written by Thornton faculty member Scott Tennant, the book features music by Bach, Albéniz, Paganini, Giuliani, and Sor. Hirschelman previously released […]


Applications are now open for the LA Phil’s Hack Music LA

August 29, 2017

Applications are now open for Hack Music LA, a two-day event (October 7 & 8) that will bring together 75 of the country’s most creative makers to develop tools and experiences to expand music for all. The innovative, music-inspired hackathon is hosted by the LA Phil in partnership with the USC Thornton School of Music […]


Choral doctoral candidates take on leadership roles

August 28, 2017

Jenny Wong (MM ’13, choral), a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has been promoted to the role of Associate Conductor for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She has previously served as Assistant Conductor with the ensemble, in addition to her duties as Interim Director of Music at All Saints […]


Clarinetist Ryan Toher to be NY Philharmonic Global Academy Fellow

August 25, 2017

USC Thornton clarinetist Ryan Toher, a second-year master’s student of Yehuda Gilad, has been selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program this January. One of several full-scholarship musicians selected by the Music Academy of the West, Toher will travel to New York City for an intensive ten days of training […]


Cristian Grases elected to IFCM Executive Council

August 21, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music faculty member Cristian Grases was recently elected to the Executive Council of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). Grases was appointed in July while attending the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona and will serve as one of four Vice Presidents for the group. The IFCM is […]


Alumna Michelle Tseng joins the LA Phil

August 18, 2017

Violinist Michelle Tseng (’13, GCRT ’17), an alumna of the USC Thornton Strings program, recently joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) as a Second Violinist. She has performed as a soloist with the Torrance, Downey, Peninsula, South Coast, USC, and Rio Hondo Symphonies and served as concertmaster under conductors David Robertson, Alan Gilbert, and […]


Daniel Gee joins Lilly Graduate Fellow cohort

August 15, 2017

Daniel Gee (MM ’15), a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Choral Music program, has been accepted as a Lilly Graduate Fellow. The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which includes doctoral students from USC, Yale, Fordham University, among others, hosts conferences and colloquia discussing pedagogical questions in art, music, literature, philosophy, and […]


Oxford University Press releases Stewart Gordon’s new book

August 11, 2017

“Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas: A Handbook for Performers,” a book by USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Stewart Gordon, was recently published by the Oxford University Press. The book provides historical context, as well as important conceptual and interpretive information, for each of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas. A well-known pianist, composer, and author, Gordon has […]


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