Jeffrey Kahane appointed music director of Sarasota Music Festival

July 29, 2016

Conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, a member of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty, has been appointed music director of the Sarasota Music Festival, a program of the Sarasota Orchestra. The annual festival, founded in 1965, welcomes international faculty artists and college-aged musicians for three weeks of orchestral and chamber music concerts, recitals, masterclasses, and […]


Marilyn Horne celebrated at Music Academy gala

July 27, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Marilyn Horne was honored at a gala concert on June 4, 2016 at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where she is director of the Voice Program. The concert, which opened the Academy’s 2016 Summer School and Festival, featured performances by vocalists Simone Osborne, Isabel Leonard, Ben Bliss, and […]

Nadia Shpachenko

Pianist Nadia Shpachenko receives raves for Bargemusic concert in NYC

July 26, 2016

Nadia Shpachenko (DMA ’04, MM ’99, Piano Performance), an alumna of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, recently presented her “Poetry of Places” recital program as part of the Bargemusic concert series in Brooklyn. The June 24th recital featured new works by six composers – Lewis Spratlan, Harold Meltzer, James Matheson, Hannah Lash, Amy Beth […]


Film composer James Newton Howard to perform his soundtracks live at Royal Albert Hall

July 22, 2016

The works of GRAMMY Award-winning film composer and USC Thornton alumnus James Newton Howard will be celebrated in a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall this November. Howard, who was recently selected to score the newest film in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has previously scored popular films including […]

Bob Mintzer

Bob Mintzer to perform at 30th anniversary season of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

July 21, 2016

USC Thornton Jazz Studies chair Bob Mintzer will take part in the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s 30th anniversary season. The series of shows will celebrate both the jazz legacy of Pittsburgh and the history of the venerable North Side venue. The season opens on September 23, 2016 with vocalist Bobby McFerrin. Mintzer will perform with his […]


Pianist Tomomi Sato to be featured soloist at LACMA’s Sundays Live

July 19, 2016

USC Thornton Masters student Tomomi Sato (BM ’15, Keyboard Collaborative Arts) was named the winner of the 2016 Sundays Live audition through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She will perform a program featuring the works of Bach, Schumann and Wild on Sunday, September 11. Her performance is part of LACMA’s Sundays Live […]


Nathan Fryml joins growing list of professional appointments for Choral grads

July 18, 2016

USC Thornton DMA candidate Nathan Fryml has been appointed Director of Choral Activities at Amarillo College in Texas, where he will conduct three choirs and teaching theory at the college. Fryml’s is the fifth professional appointment of Choral & Sacred Music graduates recently: Jenny Wong (MM ’13, choral) was named Assistant Conductor of the LA […]

Donald Crockett

Donald Crockett remembers composer Steven Stucky

July 14, 2016

Donald Crockett, chair of the USC Thornton Composition department, was quoted in the Boston Globe about his close friendship with composer Steven Stucky, who died in February. Crockett came to know the Pulitzer Prize-winner in the 1980’s when Stucky began serving as composer in residence for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil). “His sense of […]


Alumna traces her journey “From Pop into Theatre”

July 14, 2016

Divya Maus (BA ’14), a graduate of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, has authored a guest column for, where she wrote a wide-ranging article about her journey from popular music to musical theater. Her soul-searching insights into her experiences at Thornton provide a point of departure to consider the nature of being a […]


Daniel Carlin receives Ambassador Award at the Krakow Film Music Festival

July 13, 2016

The Krakow Film Music Festival recently awarded USC Thornton Screen Scoring director Daniel Carlin it’s esteemed Ambassador Award in recognition of his years of ongoing service and support. The ninth-annual Polish festival, which is the largest such gathering in the world, celebrates the many genres of music connected with the screen. Carlin, who has served […]

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