Recent alumna Divya Maus, who studied songwriting in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program, discussed her career as a vocalist and composer in an interview with USA Today College. Maus will enroll at NYU to pursue graduate studies in musical theatre composition in the fall. “I’m going into musical theater composition now because that’s all about composing […]
USC Thornton alumna and current Jazz Studies faculty Sara Gazarek was featured in the Glendale News Press in advance of a recent performance in Los Angeles. The article notes that Gazarek is “an early bloomer who has not only shown gratifying determination but also a capacity for artistic growth.”
On June 12, 2014, The GRAMMY Museum unveiled Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Students from the USC Thornton Popular Music Program and the Jazz Studies program were invited to serve as the house band exhibit’s opening reception. Stevie’s brother and guitarist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan, even jumped on stage […]
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, […]
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.
“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, 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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced that Music Director and USC 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.