“Iphigénie en Tauride”

Thornton Opera’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” reviewed in LA Times

May 4, 2015

The USC Thornton Opera Program‘s recent production of Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” received a positive review in the Los Angeles Times. Writer Mark Swed noted that “The USC production by Ken Cazan brought some of the underlying violence to the surface but without compromising the refined beauty of Gluck’s near-perfect score.” Swed went on to […]

Evan Pensis

Piano student Evan Pensis selected for USC fellowship

May 4, 2015

USC Thornton junior Evan Pensis (BM ’16, piano performance) was selected for an Undergraduate Fellowship with the USC Center for Excellence and Teaching for the 2015-16 academic year. Pensis studies under Keyboard Studies professor Daniel Pollack. Pensis was recently awarded First Place in the VSA Kennedy Center International Young Soloists Competition and will present a […]

Shou Ping Liu

Shou Ping Liu to take summer conducting role with Oregon Bach Festival

May 4, 2015

USC Thornton doctoral candidate Shou Ping Liu was selected as one of eight student conductors for the Oregon Bach Festival, which is held each summer in Eugene. In this role, Liu will work alongside Artistic Director Matthew Halls and Director Emeritus Helmuth Rilling. At USC Thornton, Liu studies choral conducting with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and […]

Thom Mason

Thom Mason featured in article about Jelly Roll Morton

May 1, 2015

Thom Mason, professor and founder of the Jazz Studies department at USC Thornton, was featured in an article by LA Downtown News. He spoke about the legacy of jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton. “[Morton] deserves more recognition than we tend to give him today,” Mason said in the article, which profiles a recent theatrical piece […]

Jong-In Kim

Jong-In Kim joins Incheon City Chorale as Assistant Conductor

May 1, 2015

USC Thornton alumnus Jong-In Kim (DMA ’11) has been named Assistant Conductor of Korea’s most prestigious professional choir, the Incheon City Chorale. In this role, he will function as an interim conductor during the choir’s search for a new Artistic Director. Mr. Kim has served as Assistant Conductor with both CALA (Choral Alchemy of Los […]

Thomas Osborne

Composition by Thomas Osborne featured on new piano album

April 30, 2015

A composition by USC Thornton alumnus Thomas Osborne (DMA ’06, composition), “The Ends of the Earth,” was prominently featured on pianist Derek Polischuk’s album, “Terra Incognita,” which was released last month. In a review for City Pulse, Lawrence Cosentino called Osborne’s piece “a grand, terrifying and beautiful new work for piano” that “heaves like ocean […]

Francisco Fullana

Francisco Fullana takes top prize at Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition

April 30, 2015

Francisco Garcia Fullana (GCRT, ’15) recently won the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Nagoya, Japan, a biennial competition open to international candidates under the age of 25. In addition to winning first prize, Fullana also won the audience prize, the Prize of the Central Aichi Orchestra and the Special Prize from Mr. Munetsugu, himself. As […]

Cardinal Winds

Cardinal Winds receive strong review for Clyde Montgomery Concert performance

April 29, 2015

The Cardinal Winds woodwind sextet performed at the annual Clyde Montgomery Concert in Pasadena on March 29, during which they premiered composer Stephen Cohn’s “Aria for Winds.” Rodney Punt, in a review for LA Opus, reported that the sextet members “had their work cut out” on Cohn’s piece, but “deftly conveyed both the work’s craftsmanship […]

Richard Brown

Richard Brown presents two musicology papers

April 28, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology instructor Richard Brown has published an article entitled “Breaking the Sound Barrier: Transparency and Cinematic Space in Works of Calder (1950) and Jackson Pollock 51,” in the Contemporary Music Review journal. Brown will also present his paper, “Violence by Proxy: Avant-Garde Alchemy and the Materiality of Sound in Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound […]

Students and alumni entertain at American history conference

April 27, 2015

USC Thornton students and alumni provided music during the 12th annual USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) conference in March. At the conference, World and Ground: New Early American Histories, scholars presented papers on a wide range of historical topics and were entertained by period music, including 18th-century maritime ballads.

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