Matthew Mason to premiere composition at San Antonio competition

May 6, 2016

Matthew Mason, a non-degreed alumnus of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, was commissioned to compose a work for the San Antonio International Piano Competition, which will take place this June. Each of the five competition finalists will perform Mason’s commissioned piano work, the world premiere of which will take place at the quadrennial event. […]

Jenny Wong

Jenny Wong named assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale

May 5, 2016

Jenny Wong (MM ’13, choral), a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has been named assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC). She has previously served as a conducting fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Distinguished Concerts International New York, […]


James Newton Howard to score new Rowling film

May 5, 2016

James Newton Howard, GRAMMY Award winning film composer and USC Thornton alumnus, has been selected to score the newest film in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Howard’s previous credits include eight Academy Award nominations for work on films such as Defiance, Michael Clayton, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and One […]

Renée Elise Goldsberry

Alumna Renée Elise Goldsberry receives Tony nomination for featured role in “Hamilton”

May 4, 2016

Singer, actress, and USC Thornton alumna Renée Elise Goldsberry (MM ’97, jazz studies) has been nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Angelica Schuyler Church in the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. The production, which is nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, has received rapturous acclaim from critics and audiences, alike. Goldsberry has […]

Richard Bernstein

Alumnus Richard Bernstein receives Metropolitan Opera Service Award

May 3, 2016

Each year, the Metropolitan Opera convenes an event to honor those individuals who have reached milestones in their careers with the venerable New York City institution. Operatic bass and USC Thornton alumnus Richard Bernstein (’89, Vocal Arts) has completed his 20th year as a solo artist with company and was recognized at the Met Service […]

Ralph Kirshbaum

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to award Ralph Kirshbaum with honorary degree

May 2, 2016

Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, chair of the USC Thornton Strings department and Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello, will receive an Honorary Degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), in recognition of his contributions to the arts. In its announcement of the award, the Conservatoire noted that Kirshbaum “is indisputably one of the most significant artists […]


University of Pittsburgh to build museum honoring Marilyn Horne

April 28, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees has approved the creation of a museum and exhibit center honoring opera legend and USC Thornton alumna Marilyn Horne. The mezzo-soprano was a recipient of the 1992 National Medal of Arts and the 1995 Kennedy Center Honors. She has also won four GRAMMY Awards for Best Opera Recording. […]


Keenan Reesor takes teaching position with Southern Virginia University

April 28, 2016

Pianist and USC Thornton Musicology PhD candidate Keenan Reesor (MM ’10, piano performance) has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Music at Southern Virginia University, where he will begin teaching music history and piano in the fall. Reesor is a laureate of the Wideman and Virginia Waring International Piano Competitions and a […]


Student Jacob Broussard wins Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

April 27, 2016

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music undergraduate Jacob Broussard (BA ’18, choral music) is the recipient of a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. The program is the centerpiece of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s effort to increase diversity in the faculties of colleges and universities by assisting promising undergraduates in their academic endeavors. The fellowship identifies […]


Melissa Manchester premieres new musical in Houston

April 26, 2016

Musician, songwriter, and USC Thornton Popular Music faculty member Melissa Manchester recently premiered a new musical, The Sweet Potato Queens, at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) Underground. Based on the well known book series by Jill Conner Browne, the musical tells the story of a woman learning to live on her own terms. The […]

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