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Thornton alumni form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra

April 5, 2018

Violinist and USC Thornton alumnus Etienne Gara has recently teamed with a number of Thornton alumni to form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble focused on music from the Baroque through the contemporary. The group’s roster includes violinists Mishkar Núñez-Fredell (MM ’09, DMA ’17), Yu-Eun Kim (GCRT ’17), and Sun Jung Lee (DMA […]


Michael Tree, violist of the Guarneri Quartet, dies at 84

April 3, 2018

Violist Michael Tree, a founding member of the Guarneri Quartet, died on March 30 in New York City at the age of 84. The acclaimed musician joined the USC Thornton Strings faculty in the fall of 2014 and taught at the school for three semesters. Initially trained as a violinist, it has been said that […]


Several volumes of songs by Alan L. Smith published

April 2, 2018

Several volumes of song arrangements by Alan L. Smith, USC Thornton Keyboard Studies chair and director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, were recently published by Classical Vocal Reprints. The collection features several volumes of folk song arrangements, some of which were written for renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, and also includes a song cycle for soprano, violin, […]


Vocal Arts alumna receives National Institutes of Health research grant

March 30, 2018

Dr. Reyna Gordon (BM ’01), an alumna of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts program, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to expand her research on “Mapping the Genetic and Neural Architecture of Human Rhythm and Communication Traits.” Gordon, who is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Psychology and Director of the […]


Philip Marten appointed Assistant Concertmaster in Cincinnati

March 29, 2018

Violinist Philip Marten, a former student of USC Thornton Strings faculty member Glenn Dicterow, has been appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Marten currently performs as a first violin with the Kansas City Symphony and previously served as concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony.


Yoon Joo Hwang appointed to University of Central Florida faculty

March 28, 2018

Bassoonist and USC Thornton graduate student Yoon Joo Hwang was recently appointed Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) at the University of Central Florida, where she will begin teaching in the fall.


Faculty and student chamber performance of Franck Piano Quintet well received

March 27, 2018

David J. Brown of LA Opus recently reviewed a chamber music performance of César Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor M.7 by USC Thornton faculty members Glenn Dicterow (first violin), Bernadene Blaha (piano), and Karen Dreyfus (violin), with students Benjamin Lash (cello) and Mann-Wen Lo (violin). The performance was part of the Second Sundays series […]


Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra hosts competition for new works

March 23, 2018

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, which was founded by clarinetist and USC Thornton alumnus Benjamin Mitchell (GCRT ’17, arts leadership), has announced a competition for instrumental and vocal works to be performed during the ensemble’s 2018-19 season. The orchestra has emerged as a powerhouse for new music in Los Angeles, premiering works by 18 composers in […]


San Bernadino Symphony presents “An Evening with Rod Gilfry”

March 22, 2018

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of USC Thornton’s Vocal Arts & Opera faculty, will be featured in concert with the San Bernadino Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 24th, presenting a program of Mozart overtures and arias. Guest conductor Richard Giangiulio will lead the concert with Gilfry, who is highly regarded for his performances of Mozart’s […]


Scott Spencer marks St. Patrick’s Day with a chat about historical Irish music

March 22, 2018

Scott Spencer, USC Libraries Music Library Supervisor and a member of the USC Thornton Musicology faculty, was recently featured on the Virginia Humanities’ BackStory podcast. Spencer spoke with host Brian Balogh about early 20th century recordings made by Irish Americans for the podcast’s St. Patrick’s Day episode, exploring historical perspectives of Irish-American life. Spencer is […]


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