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Musicology student Eric Davis contributes to award-winning Cole Porter journal

October 31, 2017

USC Thornton Musicology doctoral candidate Eric Davis published an essay, “‘I Hate Parading My Serenading’: The Historical Record of Porter as a Performer” in A Cole Porter Companion, released by the University of Illinois Press in 2016. The volume, which the University of Illinois Press describes as “an invaluable guide for the fans and scholars […]


Ryan Seacrest helps launch Popular Music alum Malia Civetz’ new single

October 30, 2017

Malia Civetz (BM ’16), an alumna of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, has released a new single, “Champagne Clouds,” which was debuted by Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM locally and on Sirius XM and iHeart radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The song was co-written with fellow Popular Music alumnus Nathan Fertig (BM […]


Marek Szpakiewicz appointed Director of String Studies at Azusa Pacific

October 27, 2017

Cellist and USC Thornton alumnus Marek Szpakiewicz (MM ’01, DMA ’08) has been appointed Director of String Studies at Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music. Szpakiewicz has been teaching cello and chamber music at APU since 2005 and has served as Director of Chamber Music since 2014. His students have won top prizes at numerous […]


Keyboard Studies DMA candidates contribute to CAPMT conference and journal

October 26, 2017

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies DMA candidates Michael Krikorian, Daniel Linder, Eva Schaumkell and Alexander Zhu were recently selected to present a research poster at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) state conference in Fresno. The students, all of whom are MTNA USC Collegiate Chapter members, presented on the subject of “Demystifying 20th and […]


Alum Ben Adelson makes Billboard’s “40 under 40” list of “Young Power Players”

October 25, 2017

USC Thornton Music Industry alumnus Ben Adelson (’09, Music Industry) recently made Billboard Magazine’s list of “40 under 40: Music’s Top Young Power Players Revealed.” Adelson, who is a Senior Vice President at Republic Records, led Cleveland-based blues-rockers Welshly Arms to generate 6.5 million U.S. streams of their single “Legendary,” and also nurtured singer-songwriter Noah […]


Argus Quartet wins prestigious Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

October 24, 2017

The Argus Quartet recently won first prize in the annual Concert Artists Guild’s Victor Elmaleh Competition. The quartet includes USC Thornton alumni Clara Kim (DM ’15, violin) and Jason Issokan (MM ’10, violin), along with violist Dana Kelley and cellist Jo Whang. Along with co-winner, pianist Dominic Cheli, the quartet will receive a cash prize […]


DMA candidate Marylin Winkle wins award at the 12th annual SCENIES

October 23, 2017

Marylin Winkle, a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Early Music Performance program, has received a “Scenie” award in the category of Outstanding Original Music & Live Performance for her work on the Skylight Theatre’s production of Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers. Winkle composed and performed cello interludes for the play, with […]


More acclaim for Rod Gilfry’s portrayal of Walt Whitman

October 20, 2017

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera, has earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Walt Whitman in composer Matthew Aucoin’s opera, Crossing, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Currently in its second iteration as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival, the opera premiered at Boston’s Citi […]


Thornton alumni create the Los Angeles Film Conductor’s Intensive

October 18, 2017

USC Thornton alumni David Newman (MM ’82, Violin) and Angel Velez (MA ’14, Music Education) have teamed to create the Los Angeles Film Conductor’s Intensive (LAFCI), a conductor training program designed for media composers. LAFCI hosts regular workshops and seminars to train artists in the nuances of conducting for film, television, and video game recording […]


Andrew Brownell takes piano position at UT-Austin

October 17, 2017

Andrew Brownell (MM ’03, Keyboard Studies) recently took the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Brownell tutored at the University of Cambridge for five years and taught at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Antwerp. He has worked with orchestras such as the Hallé […]


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