Morten Lauridsen interviewed by Southern California blog ‘All Is Yar’

March 17, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen was recently interviewed by CK Dexter Haven for the Southern California culture blog All Is Yar. Lauridsen’s longstanding relationship with USC Thornton and USC at-large was a major focus of the piece, with Lauridsen comparing his time as a USC student in the 1960s with the experiences of […]

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Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Pepe Romero to perform at Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

March 15, 2014

Keyboard Studies faculty Bernadene Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald, as well as Classical Guitar faculty Pepe Romero, will perform at next week’s Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. The event, which features a variety of performances by musicians from around the world, runs through March 21. A full schedule of the festival’s scheduled performances can be found on […]


USC Bass Tuba Quartet to compete at International Tuba Euphonium Conference

March 14, 2014

The USC Bass Tuba Quartet – consisting of Thornton students Brandon Davis, Danny Garcia, Charlie Mann and Michael Murrin – has been chosen for the competition at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference at Indiana University in May. In addition, the entire class of six – the USC Thornton Tubas – has a featured evening concert […]


Donald Crockett to perform with Boston Modern Orchestra Project

March 11, 2014

Composition faculty and chair Donald Crockett will perform his work “Blue Earth” in an upcoming concert entitled “Boston ConNECtion,” presented in collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and the New England Conservatory (NEC). NEC has also named Crockett a visiting composer-in-residence. The event takes place at NEC on March 28, 2014. Tickets and […]


Temple City Tribune previews performance by student Ga Hyun Cho

March 10, 2014

The Temple City Tribune previewed the Shumei Arts Council’s Clyde Montgomery Concert, which will occur on April 6 in Pasadena. The concert will feature selected musicians from USC Thornton, including Ga Hyun Cho — a Startling Foundation Scholarship recipient who studies under Strings Chair Midori Goto, world-renowned violinist and Distinguished Professor at USC. The program is organized […]


Morten Lauridsen to participate in Fairfax Choral Society residency

March 7, 2014

This month, composition faculty Morten Lauridsen will join the Fairfax Choral Society (FCS) for a four day residency that will include masterclasses, seminars, and a culminating concert featuring the FCS Adult Chorus and Master Singers performing Lauridsen’s choral works with the composer himself at the piano. The concert program will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture, and […]


Mari Edelman ’69 highlighted in Los Angeles Times

March 7, 2014

USC Thornton alumna and former student of Eleonore Schoenfeld, Mari Edelman (PhD ’69), was mentioned in a Los Angeles Times article on LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s meeting with local arts leaders. Edelman is one of the new appointed members to the Cultural Affairs Commission, a volunteer board that advises the Cultural Affairs Department and reviews […]


H. Robert Reynolds given CBDNA Lifetime Achievement Award

February 26, 2014

Winds and Percussion faculty H. Robert Reynolds was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the College Band Directors’ National Association in December 2013. Reynolds was called a “visionary” who helped transform the world of collegiate bands and was noted for his ability to inspire countless musicians through his thoughtful, passionate teaching.


Daniel Pollack to receive USC Associates Award for Artistic Expression

February 18, 2014

Keyboard Studies faculty Daniel Pollack has been named one of two University faculty members who will be awarded the 2014 University of Southern California Associates Award for Artistic Expression. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon faculty involved in the arts and is accompanied by a $3,500 monetary award. Pollack will receive the award […]

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“The Beatles: Their Music and Their Times” featured in Washington Post

February 14, 2014

The Washington Post highlighted a USC Thornton course taught by composition faculty Bill Biersach on the music of The Beatles in a story covering university courses and programs on the legendary band. Biersach has taught “The Beatles: Their Music and Their Times” to USC students for nearly two decades.

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