Brian Asawa

Remembering Brian Asawa

April 20, 2016

Brian Asawa, a celebrated countertenor and non-degreed alumnus, died on April 18. He was 49. Asawa’s international career was studded with “firsts” — he was the first countertenor to be named Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, win Seattle Opera’s Artist of the Year Award, earn the Adler Fellowship at the […]


Jeffrey & Todd Brabec quoted on the economics of “Hamilton”

April 19, 2016

Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec, faculty members in the USC Thornton Music Industry program, were quoted in the New York Post about the landmark success of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning hip hop musical. The pair, widely regarded as leading experts in the economics of Broadway productions, discussed how the tongue-in-cheek story of the first […]

Joanna Demers

Musicologist Joanna Demers awarded research scholarship

April 18, 2016

USC Thornton Musicology faculty member Joanna Demers has received an Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences research grant from the University of Southern California Provost’s Office. The grant was awarded in acknowledgement of her forthcoming book, Musical Fictions: Conditions for the Possibility of Popular Music. Demers’ research covers popular and experimental music, philosophy, […]


Up-and-coming pop singer Rozzi Crane discusses new projects

April 15, 2016

Last month, Teen Vogue published a profile of USC Thornton alumna Rozzi Crane, a rising pop star. The site premiered Crane’s latest music video, “The Thought of You,” the second song on her EP, Time. Vogue praised the singer’s “unique, full voice” and told readers to expect Crane to continue to dazzle the popular music […]


Adam del Monte and Mak Grgić – Duo Deloro – receive strong tour review

April 14, 2016

USC Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty member Adam del Monte and Classical Guitar DMA candidate Mak Grgić are receiving strong reviews for the tour of their collaboration, Duo Deloro. Their performances include works from composers, such as Granados, Albeniz, Ginastera, as well as Argentinian tangos. In March, the duo was reviewed after a performance in Dallas […]


Cristian Grases leads the Miami Children’s Chorus

April 13, 2016

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music faculty member Cristian Grases recently led the members of the Miami Children’s Chorus in a sing-along entitled “Sing Miami: Music of the Americas.” The April 9th community event was created to inspire a love of choral music for Miami-area children while celebrating the diverse backgrounds of people in the […]


Alumna Tamar Davis competes on NBC’s “The Voice”

April 12, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Tamar Davis (BS ’02, music industry), known professionally as Támar, is one of the contestants remaining on the hit NBC show The Voice. As part of a team of artists mentored by pop music star Christina Aguilera, Davis competes each week in group and solo performances. A recent performance—a duet of “Lady […]


Christopher Gravis named Director of Choral Activities at CSULA

April 11, 2016

Christopher Gravis, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has been named the Director of Choral Activities at California State University Los Angeles (CSULA). Gravis has gained an international reputation as a leading conductor of choral and orchestral works, recently debuting with the San Diego Symphony and leading week-long residencies […]

Festival of Books

USC Thornton students and ensembles perform at the 2016 Festival of Books

April 7, 2016

This weekend, an estimated 150,000 book-lovers will descend on the USC campus for the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 9 & 10. In addition to the hundreds of readings, signings, and literary festivities, the USC Stage at Hanh Plaza will present an exciting lineup of musicians and ensembles, including a number of […]

Jim Babor

James Babor featured as a soloist with the LA Phil in London

April 6, 2016

Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) percussionist James Babor, also a member of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion faculty, was recently featured as a soloist with the LA Phil during the orchestra’s 2016 international tour. On March 23rd at the Barbican performance venue in London, conductor Gustavo Dudamel led the orchestra in Oliver Messaien’s monumental, […]

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