Whajung Kim (DMA, ’15) wins 2014 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition

October 8, 2014

Current USC Thornton Keyboard Studies doctoral candidate Whajung Kim (DMA, ’15), who is a student of USC Thornton faculty Daniel Pollack, received First Prize at the 2014 Siegfried Weishaupt International Piano Competition in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Kim is the third USC Thornton student to take home top honors at the competition. The annual event, part of the International Summer Academy […]


Vincent Meklis (BA, ’14, GC, ’16) invited to perform at International Holland Music Sessions

October 7, 2014

Strings student Vincent Meklis (BA, ’14, GC, ’16), who currently studies under USC Distinguished Professor Midori Goto, performed in the Netherlands this past summer as part of the International Holland Music Sessions. Meklis, who specializes in the violin, performed seven times at the festival and received intensive coaching and personalized instruction from internationally renowned musicians […]


Play scored by Jazz Studies faculty Ron McCurdy to have East Coast debut

October 7, 2014

Letters from Zora, the play featuring music by Jazz Studies faculty Ron McCurdy, will have its East Coast debut run beginning October 9 at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The play, which received a nomination for a 2014 NAACP Image Award, was written by McCurdy’s wife, Gabrielle Pena, who teachers in USC’s […]

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Vladimir Gorbach to perform at Laguna Beach Music Festival Fall Salon

October 6, 2014

Vladimir Gorbach, USC Thornton’s first ever International Artist Fellow, will perform at this year’s Laguna Beach Music Festival Fall Salon on October 16. Gorbach is recognized internationally as an award winning guitarist with captivating presence. His dynamic and established repertoire is the perfect partnership setting the tone for LBMF’s upcoming February Festival, featuring USC Thornton […]


USC Thornton alumna and Jazz Studies faculty Kathleen Grace’s “No Place to Fall” receives critical praise

October 3, 2014

Kathleen Grace, USC Thornton alumna and current Jazz Studies faculty, released her fourth studio album, No Place to Fall, to rave reviews. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote Grace creates a “hybrid of country, jazz and classic torch songs,” all the while constructing her own unique, fresh spin on classic sounds. A review from The Canadian Audiophile […]

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Diane Wittry (BM ’83, MM ’85) appointed Artistic Director of Ridgewood Symphony

October 2, 2014

Diane Wittry (BM ’83, MM ’85) was appointed Artistic Director of the Ridgewood Symphony for the organization’s 75th Anniversary Season. The first concert of the season will take place on October 25 in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Diane is also Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony, and the Artistic Director for the International Cultural […]

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Strings Department and Composition Department alumni awarded commission by Chamber Music America

October 1, 2014

The Argus Quartet — which consists of current and former USC Thornton students Clara Kim (DMA, ’15), Jason Issokson (MM, ’10), and Diana Wade (GCRT, ’13) — was awarded a commission by Chamber Music America, a national network for ensemble musicians. Awarded as a part of the organization’s Classical Commissioning program, the grant provides support for American classical […]


Royce Saltzman (DMA, ’64) to receive Robert Shaw Award at 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Conference

September 30, 2014

Royce Saltzman (DMA, ’64) will receive the Robert Shaw Award at the 2015 American Choral Directors Association National Conference. The annual award is given to a choral leader who has made exceptional contributions to the art of choral music, and is the most significant award to be given to any conductor in the profession. Saltzman […]

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Scoring for Motion Picture and Television chair Daniel Carlin, faculty Garry Schyman present at Krakow Film Music Festival

September 29, 2014

Scoring for Motion Picture and Television (SMPTV) chair Daniel Carlin moderated and presented 11 masterclasses at the 7th annual Krakow Film Music Festival, which took place from September 25 through 28, 2014. Carlin also co-led a sequence of recording/scoring workshops for finalists in the FMF Young Talent Award competition with SMPTV faculty and USC Thornton […]

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Folk-fusion band Grizfolk connects with USC Thornton students

September 26, 2014

Virgin Records’ Grizfolk, named an “Artist You Should Know” by KCRW, visited USC Thornton’s Popular Music Forum in April. The class, led by vice dean of the Division of Contemporary Music Chris Sampson, gives students access to a wide range of guests from the music industry. “Grizfolk gave the students tremendous insight into the strategies […]

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