Joanna Demers

Joanna Demers interviewed by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

November 12, 2015

Joanna Demers, chair of USC Thornton Musicology department, was recently interviewed for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music website. Interviewer John Melillo explored the ideas and methodologies that led to Demers’ 2010 book on electronic music aesthetics, Listening Through the Noise (Oxford, 2010), as well as her forthcoming book, Drone and the […]

Annelle Gregory

Violinist Annelle Gregory performs in Encinitas and Torrance concerts

November 11, 2015

Violinist Annelle Gregory (BM ’17, violin), a student of USC Thornton Strings professor Glenn Dicterow, as well as laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition and the 2015 National Sphinx Competition, was a featured performer in two recent concerts. Gregory performed for the city of Encinitas’ Music by the Sea concert series and the […]

Scott Jeppesen

Scott Jeppesen releases second album with help from jazz alumni, faculty

November 10, 2015

USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus and DMA candidate, Scott Jeppesen (MM ’08), celebrates the release of his second album, “Wonders,” which features original compositions that were inspired by the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The recording includes Jeppesen and fellow Thornton alumni Larry Koonse (’84, jazz) on guitar and Dan Schnelle (’05, jazz) on […]

Mark Weiser

Composer Mark Weiser’s “High Velocity” wins two prizes

November 9, 2015

Mark Weiser, of the USC Thornton Composition faculty, has won notoriety for his 2012 work, High Velocity. The solo piano piece won first prize at The Ear, a recent concert event in New York City, and was awarded the 2015 International Heckscher Composition Prize by Ithaca College. High Velocity has been recorded by pianist Hannah […]

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Alumnus Cameron O’Connor wins Frances Walton Competition

November 6, 2015

This past summer, classical guitarist and alumnus Cameron O’Connor (DMA ’14) was one of four soloist award winners of the Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, WA. The competition is open to classical performers of piano, voice, strings and wind instruments, who are residents or students in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, California or Alaska. Soloist winners […]

Ronald McCurdy

Ron McCurdy to join Ice-T in London for the Langston Hughes Project

November 5, 2015

Ron McCurdy, professor of Jazz Studies at USC Thornton, headlines with rapper Ice-T later this month at the Barbican concert venue in London (UK) as part of the Langston Hughes Project. Together, they present a realization of poet Langston Hughes’ creative masterpiece, Ask Your Mama, the work of a major figure in African-American cultural history […]

Music Industry

Jeff Brabec and Todd Brabec receive award from the State Bar of Texas

November 5, 2015

USC Thornton Music Industry faculty members Jeff Brabec and Todd Brabec have been designated as the 2015 recipients of the Texas Star Award by the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The Texas Star Award was established in 2005 to recognize and honor attorneys who have made a significant contribution […]

Cody Westheimer

Alumnus Cody Westheimer scores new IMAX film

November 4, 2015

Cody Westheimer conducts members of the USC Thornton Symphony under the Space Shuttle Endeavor for the premiere of “Journey to Space 3D.” USC Thornton alumnus Cody Westheimer (BM ’01, composition) scored the music for the new IMAX film, “Journey to Space 3D,” which premiered at the California Science Center in Los Angeles last week. For […]

Keyboard Studies

Keyboard Studies students win prizes at Seattle International Piano Competition

November 3, 2015

USC Thornton’s Keyboard Studies department set an impressive benchmark at the 2015 Seattle International Piano Festival & Competition, hosted by the Seattle Symphony on October 17, with students and alumni bringing home several prizes. Sam Grodin, a DMA candidate studying with Lucinda Carver, took the Silver medal in the Professional division and its accompanying $1000 […]

Hui Jin in Shanghai

Hui Jin and Aram Arakelyan perform at the USC Global Conference in Shanghai

October 30, 2015

Tenor Hui Jin, an International Artist Fellow and doctoral candidate of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts and Opera program, performed for attendees of the USC Global Conference in Shanghai last week, accompanied on piano by Keyboard Studies DMA candidate Aram Arakelyan. Jin is a highly-regarded tenor from Beijing who has appeared in numerous opera productions […]

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