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Alumnus Mark Robson’s Piano Spheres performance praised by the L.A. Times

February 8, 2017

Pianist and USC Thornton alumnus Mark Robson (MM ’89) presented an adventurous program as part of REDCAT’s Piano Spheres series at REDCAT last month, featuring works by Stockhausen, Glass, and Rihm. Robson also premiered new work by the Los Angeles composer Daniel Rothman. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times described Robson’s Piano Spheres performance […]


MUNA performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

February 7, 2017

The band MUNA was featured on the February 6th episode of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing two songs from their latest album, “About U.” Formed by USC Thornton Popular Music alumni Katie Gavin (BA ’15) and Josette Maskin (’16), along with Naomi McPherson, the band caught the world’s attention with their 2016 single, “Loudspeaker.” MUNA […]


Alumnus Richard Brown joins Warner/Chappell Music as forensic musicologist

February 6, 2017

USC Thornton alumnus Richard Brown (MA ’07, music history & literature, PhD ’12, musicology) has recently accepted a position with Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. as manager and in-house forensic musicologist of the Infringement Compliance Unit. Warner/Chappell Music will utilize Brown’s expertise to assist the label’s legal team in fielding copyright infringement claims, playing an essential role […]


Rod Gilfry performs at the forefront of contemporary opera

February 3, 2017

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera faculty, has emerged as a champion of contemporary opera in recent years. In September, Gilfry premiered the leading role in David Lang’s one-act opera, The Loser, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, earning rave reviews for his “masterful, mesmerizing […]


Strings magazine celebrates alumna, violist Cynthia Phelps

February 1, 2017

Strings magazine recently profiled USC Thornton alumna Cynthia Phelps, principal violist of the New York Philharmonic, on the occasion of the orchestra’s November premiere of a concerto written for her by Composition doctoral candidate Julia Adolphe (MM ’12, composition). The concerto, Unearth, Release, which was co-commissioned by the Philharmonic and the League of American Orchestras […]


Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane to perform at Hotel Cafe

January 31, 2017

USC Thornton Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane will perform at Hotel Cafe’s Second Stage in Los Angeles as part of a spring residency. Crane, who was part of the Popular Music program’s inaugural class, is scheduled to perform February 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4. Best known for her single Psycho, which she […]


Clarinetist Eric Abramovitz wins Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition

January 30, 2017

Clarinetist Eric Abramovitz, a USC Thornton Winds & Percussion graduate student of faculty member Yehuda Gilad, recently took 1st Prize for Classical Clarinet at the 2017 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. The Vandoren competition, sponsored by the eponymous mouthpiece and reed manufacturing company, celebrates “the next generation of great clarinetists and saxophonists,” and selects three winners […]


Popular Music alumna Malia Civetz sings National Anthem at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

January 27, 2017

USC Thornton Popular Music alumna Malia Civetz (BM ’16) recently sang the National Anthem at the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Earlier this year, Civetz performed Steve Hackman’s mash-up of rapper Drake’s music and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky V. Drake with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She will reprise Hackman’s piece on March 22 with the […]


Alumnus Somang Jeagal performs at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

January 26, 2017

Pianist and USC Thornton alumnus Somang Jeagal (Artist Diploma ’15, piano) recently performed at the Phillips Collection art museum in Washington, D.C., as a part of the “Phillips After 5” music series. Jeagal performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2, as well as Chopin’s four piano scherzos. The Korean-born pianist, who attended Thornton on a full […]


Alumnus Jacques Brautbar featured in KQED’s “Film School Shorts”

January 25, 2017

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumnus Jacques Brautbar (’15, GCRT ’16, Screen Scoring) was recently profiled by “Film School Shorts,” a national series showcasing student filmmakers by San Francisco’s KQED Public Television. In the piece, Brautbar recounts his non-traditional career path and provides valuable insight into the balance between creative artistry and effective collaboration in the […]


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