Daedelus creates original score for Chaplin film

November 21, 2016

USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Alfred Darlington (’00), known professionally as Daedelus, recently presented an original electronic music score to Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 silent film, “Easy Street.” The live performance was part of a film series at Fig@7th known as UnSilent Cinema, in which contemporary musicians perform original accompaniment to silent films.


Alumnus Marcello Dubaz receives Emmy nomination for sound editing

November 18, 2016

USC Thornton Music Industry alumnus Marcello Dubaz (BS ’12) and his production team received a nomination for Outstanding Sound Editing at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for their work on the 2016 History Channel production of Roots. Dubaz was a sound effects editor on the miniseries and has also been involved in post-production of The […]

Patrick Kirst

“Variety” quotes Patrick Kirst on the evolution of film scoring

November 17, 2016

Screen Scoring faculty member Patrick Kirst was recently quoted by Variety in an article on shifting trends in film scoring. Noting that the “sonic world” is one of the most compelling approaches available to contemporary film composers, Kirst concluded that “the tradition that comes from a pitch-oriented score has been replaced by a sound-oriented world. […]


International Artist Fellow Wesley Chu featured in web profile

November 16, 2016

Wesley Chu, an International Artist Fellow studying in the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies department, was recently profiled on the website of the USC Office of International Services in a piece titled “Coffee with ‘SC Celebrity Wesley Chu.” A piano prodigy born in Calgary, Canada, Chu had performed for Nelson Mandela and completed the entire Canadian […]


Julia Adolphe profiled by The New Yorker ahead of NY Philharmonic premiere

November 15, 2016

Composer and USC Thornton DMA candidate Julia Adolphe is the subject of a short profile in the Nov. 21 issue of The New Yorker, ahead of the premiere of her viola concerto, Unearth, Release, with the New York Philharmonic this week. Music critic Alex Ross explored the development of the concerto, which was commissioned by […]


Tae Yeon Lim and Joseph Mendoes collaborate on Joachim Raff album

November 14, 2016

USC Thornton alumni Tae Yeon Lim (DMA ’15, piano) and Joseph Mendoes (BM ’04, cello) are featured on a new CD released by Toccata Classics. The album, Joachim Raff: Complete Music for Cello and Piano, marks the first time the complete cello and piano catalog of the 19th Century German-Swiss composer has been presented in […]


Matthew Nielsen appointed Interim Choral Conductor at BYU

November 11, 2016

Choral and Sacred Music DMA candidate Matthew Nielsen will serve as the Interim Choral Conductor for the Brigham Young University Men’s Chorus and Concert Choir this spring. Nielsen has previously composed work for the BYU singers and was awarded a Barlow Endowment Foundation commission to craft new compositions.


Composer Morten Lauridsen to receive ASCAP Foundation’s Life in Music Award

November 10, 2016

Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor of Composition at USC Thornton, will receive the ASCAP Foundation‘s Life in Music Award “for his distinguished contribution to the American choral tradition.” The foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present the award to Lauridsen at a ceremony at New York […]

Ron McCurdy

Ronald McCurdy co-authors article on changing trends in performing arts education

November 9, 2016

USC Thornton Jazz Studies faculty member Ronald C. McCurdy co-authored an article in the October edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “The New Performing-Arts Curriculum.” The article, with contributions from faculty members of Clemson University in South Carolina, examined the need for performance and arts-related degree programs to adapt curricula to accommodate a […]


Gamble House to host USC Thornton student concert series

November 8, 2016

This season, the iconic Gamble House in Pasadena will collaborate with USC Thornton to present a four-part music series entitled “House Music.” The 1908 showpiece of American Arts and Crafts architecture, a National Historic Landmark, is currently deeded to the city of Pasadena and managed by the USC School of Architecture. The first of four […]

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