Vijay Venkatesh

Vijay Venkatesh wins prize in Seattle piano competition

September 23, 2015

Vijay Venkatesh (BM ’17, piano performance), currently a student in the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program under Norman Krieger, has won second prize in the Seattle Symphony Piano Competition, earning $5000 and the opportunity to perform in concert with the symphony. Venkatesh will next perform in a chamber music recital with clarinetist Micah Wright at […]

Roger Zare

Composition alum Roger Zare wins first prize for orchestral work

September 22, 2015

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Roger Zare (BM ’07) won first prize at the 3rd Senzoku Contemporary Composition Competition for his orchestral composition, Tectonics. The competition was hosted by the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo, Japan and Zare’s work was performed by the Senzoku New Philharmonic Orchestra.

Morten Lauridsen

Morten Lauridsen artist-in-residence at Arcosanti urban laboratory

September 21, 2015

Morten Lauridsen, Distinguished Professor of Composition at USC Thornton and National Medal of Arts winner, was the artist-in-residence at the Arcosanti urban laboratory in rural Arizona from Sep. 14-19. The residency culminated in a concert celebrating Lauridsen’s choral works, including his beloved “Lux Aeterna,” featuring Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, the NAU Shrine of the […]

Max Goldman

Music Industry alum co-produces new dance single

September 18, 2015

USC Thornton Music Industry alumnus Maxwell Goldman (BS ’15) has co-written and co-produced a new single for British dance music artist Gareth Emery. “Hands” was a collaboration with musicians Alastor (Fis Shkreli) and London Thor and received a wide digital release last month. The track was performed by Gareth Emery at the closing ceremony of […]

Evan Pensis

Evan Pensis shares sophisticated piano repertoire with prison audiences

September 17, 2015

Evan Pensis (BM ’16, piano), a fourth-year student in the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, has garnered press attention for his performances for prisoners at the Arizona State Prison in Florence, Arizona. The Florence Reminder & Blade Tribune profiled Pensis’ recent recital before an audience of 140 prisoners and guests, which included works by Stravinsky, […]

Jacques Brautbar

SMPTV student Jacques Brautbar receives ASCAP scholarship

September 16, 2015

Jacques Brautbar (BA ’15), currently a graduate student of the USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program, has been awarded the Betty Rose Scholarship in Film Scoring from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). This scholarship is awarded annually to a selected student in the ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence Program […]

Ethan Haman

Extraordinary young organist begins studies at USC Thornton

September 15, 2015

Incoming USC Thornton freshman Organ Studies major Ethan Haman was the subject of a recent feature profile by the Los Altos Town Crier. The 17-year-old began serving as his church’s official organist three years ago and has since gone on to study with master organists in Europe. Haman’s Northern California community bid him farewell with […]

Ben Pila

Alumnus Ben Pila to perform before Pope Francis at September 11 Memorial event

September 14, 2015

Classical guitarist and USC Thornton alumnus Ben Pila (DMA ’11) has been invited to perform for Pope Francis during the pontiff’s Sept. 25 visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. Pila has become a semi-regular presence at the memorial’s anniversary events, performing for dignitaries including Presidents Barack Obama and […]

Jason Lewis

Guitar student Jason Lewis featured on NPR’s “From the Top”

September 11, 2015

USC Thornton Classical Guitar student Jason Lewis (BM ’19), was a featured performer on the June 28, 2015 episode of NPR’s From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. The 18 year-old guitarist and dual neuroscience/music major from Glencoe, Illinois, performed works by Leo Brouwer and Roland Dyens, for the show, which was recorded in Boston. […]

ChoEun Lee & Michael Couper

Keyboard and saxophone alums prepare for Carnegie Hall recital

September 10, 2015

USC Thornton Keyboard Collaborative Arts alumna ChoEun Lee (DMA ’13) performed at the inaugural concert of the Lotusflower New Music Project in March, hosted by the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. Lotusflower is a series focused around artists and productions that embrace multiculturalism. In May, Lee prepared and conducted a contemporary Latin American opera […]

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