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Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program strongly represented at ACDA conference

March 15, 2017

Irene Apanovitch, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, recently took the podium as a semi-finalist at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Graduate Choral Conducting Competition. One of only eight conductors selected for this honor, Apanovitch currently serves as the Teaching Assistant and lead conductor for Thornton’s Oriana Women’s […]


Cynthia Phelps presents all-French trio program

March 14, 2017

Violist and USC Thornton alumna Cynthia Phelps recently performed with the Les Amies Trio for the San Antonio Chamber Music Society’s 74th season. The Trio, which included harpist Nancy Allen and flutist Carol Wincec, presented an all-French program, including Jacques Ibert’s Deux Interludes suivi de Carillon and Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio, as well as works […]


Bassist Owen Levine joins Colorado Symphony

March 13, 2017

USC Thornton Strings alumnus Owen Levine (MM ‘09) recently won a section bass position with the Colorado Symphony. Levine previously performed as a Fellow with the New World Symphony.


Alumna guitarist Eva Beneke to perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

March 9, 2017

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumna Eva Beneke (DMA ’12) will perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, March 11th. The concert will include the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Unremembered, an “hour-long, 13-part song cycle inspired by poems and illustrations by Nathaniel Bellows.” Beneke is currently the artistic director for Lowertown Classics, […]


Elizabeth Palmer leads professional development session for band directors

March 7, 2017

Elizabeth Palmer, a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program, led the professional development session for the 25th Anniversary of Susquehanna University’s High School Honors Band. The session, entitled “Music Teaching and Learning: Growing Through Our Philosophies,” was attended by band directors, alumni, and university students. Palmer is also founder and […]


Alan Smith conducts art song residency at Vanderbilt

March 3, 2017

Pianist Alan L. Smith, chair of Keyboard Studies and director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at USC Thornton, held a residency last month at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music as part of its Mary Cortner Ragland Master Series. Smith worked with singers and pianists in German, French and British art song. Smith is highly respected […]


Támar Davis performs at MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit Concert

March 1, 2017

USC Thornton Music Industry alumna Támar Davis (’02) performed at the 9th annual MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit concert last month, celebrating the life and musical legacy of Prince. Davis, known professionally as Támar, competed on the hit NBC show “The Voice” and was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for the 2006 song “Beautiful, Loved and […]


Thornton faculty member Dana Gioia defends the NEA in LA Times Op-Ed

February 28, 2017

California Poet Laureate and USC Thornton Arts Leadership faculty member Dana Gioia outlined the remarkable successes of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and challenged arguments to defund the organization in a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed. Gioia, who was twice unanimously confirmed by the Senate to lead the NEA, from 2003 through 2009, […]


Brice Burton takes percussion position with Charlotte Symphony

February 27, 2017

Brice Burton, a graduate student of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion department, won the Principal Percussion position with the Charlotte Symphony. Burton has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the American Youth Symphony and took first place in the Division I Modern Snare Drum Competition in 2014.


Vince Mendoza releases album with WDR Big Band

February 24, 2017

The WDR Big Band will release an album of music by USC Thornton Jazz composer and alumnus Vince Mendoza, who is currently Composer in Residence and 1st Guest Conductor for the Cologne, Germany, based ensemble. Homecoming, which will be released March 3rd, features 7 original tracks composed especially for the band and recorded live at […]


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