Alan Smith

Alan Smith premieres composition with Boston Symphony Orchestra

August 18, 2015

Alan Smith, chair of Keyboard Studies and director of the USC Thornton Keyboard Collaborative Arts program, recently premiered a new composition with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO). “I’m Memorizing You,” a work for baritone, cello and piano, was commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s summer performance venue, and premiered […]

Kartsten Longhurst

Professional appointments for Choral students and alumni

July 30, 2015

Karsten Longhurst (pictured), USC Thornton Choral Music DMA candidate and former co-conductor of the Apollo Men’s Chorus, has taken the position of Director of Choral Studies at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. In addition to his work with several USC ensembles, Longhurst has served as music director for youth and adult choirs for the Church of […]


Jazz alumna Kait Dunton releases new album with trioKAIT

July 27, 2015

Jazz pianist and composer Kait Dunton (DMA ’13), an alumna of the USC Thornton Jazz Studies program, will release a new album with her ensemble, trioKAIT. The group includes fellow alumnus Jake Reed (MM ’10, DMA ’13, Jazz Studies) on drums, as well as electric bassist Cooper Appelt. Dunton has previously released two albums of […]


Alumni and faculty receive EMMY nominations for outstanding film scoring

July 23, 2015

USC Thornton alumni and faculty have been honored with EMMY Award nominations. Duncan Thum (BA ’06, Guitar, GCRT ’13, SMPTV) has been nominated for Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) for the documentary series “Chef’s Table”. Several other alumni, including composers Tyler Sabbag (BS ’05, Jazz Studies) and Steve Gernes (GCRT ’13, […]

Midori Goto

Midori Goto featured in Time Magazine profile

July 21, 2015

USC Thornton distinguished professor of violin Midori Goto was featured in a Time Magazine article profiling exceptional public figures, including Toni Morrison, Warren Buffett, Serena Williams and Meryl Streep. The article noted that Goto headlines 100 concerts each year and has released 16 album recordings since she first became an international soloist at the age […]

Michele Zukovsky

Michele Zukovsky, principal Philharmonic clarinetist and USC Thornton faculty, to retire from orchestra

July 16, 2015

Michele Zukovsky, principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a member of the USC Thornton Winds and Percussion faculty, will retire from the L.A. Phil at the end of 2015. Zukovsky joined the orchestra in 1961 at the age of 18 and has performed with the group for 54 years. Early in her tenure, […]

Robert P.D. Duff

Choral alum Robert P.D. Duff to direct Brandeis University program

July 15, 2015

USC Thornton Choral Music alumnus Robert P.D. Duff (DMA ’00) has been appointed to Brandeis University as Choral Conductor, where he will lead two choral ensembles, teach conducting and oversee their vocal program. He will continue as Artistic and Musical Director at the Handel Society at Dartmouth. Duff formerly served as Director of Music for […]

Morten Lauridsen

Music & Beyond Festival pays tribute to Morten Lauridsen

July 13, 2015

On July 12, the Music & Beyond Festival of Ottawa, Canada, held a concert celebrating the choral works of USC Thornton Distinguished Professor of Composition, Morten Lauridsen. Lauridsen accompanied singers from 10 regional choirs in performances of his O Magnum Mysterium, Sure on this Shining Night, Lux Aeterna and Dirait-on, under the batons of conductors […]

Contemporary Music

Contemporary Music students join their London counterparts in cultural exchange

July 6, 2015

USC Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar professor Richard Smith has traveled to London, England, with a group of Contemporary Music students for a biennial exchange of music and culture with students at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. Over a 10 day program, students from USC and the ICMP attend masterclasses and tutorials with pop music luminaries […]

Thomas Bahler

New York City alumni honor Thomas Bähler with Tommy Award

July 2, 2015

USC Thornton graduate Thomas Bähler (BM ’66) was one of four alumni honored by the USC Alumni Club of New York at their 6th annual Tommy Awards ceremony. The awards celebrate outstanding alumni for their extraordinary contributions to the cultural, philanthropic and business communities of New York City. Bähler is a composer, author and entrepreneur.

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