John Hallberg

John Hallberg to perform at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall and 17th World Saxophone Congress

March 19, 2015

Saxophonist John Hallberg was recently awarded first prize in the American Protégé International Woodwind and Brass Competition. The USC Thornton DMA candidate also received the Judges Distinction Award and was invited to perform at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on Sat., March 21. In July, Hallberg will travel to Strasbourg, France to perform […]


Frank Ticheli featured as guest composer with Michigan Philharmonic

March 19, 2015

USC Thornton composition professor Frank Ticheli was recently honored as guest composer with the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, which featured his hugely popular Blue Shades as part of its Pipe Dreams program. Ticheli is a recipient of the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has served as a guest […]

Cardinal Winds

Cardinal Winds sextet to perform in annual Clyde Montgomery Concert in Pasadena

March 18, 2015

The Cardinal Winds woodwind sextet will perform in the Clyde Montgomery Concert at Shumei Hall in Pasadena on March 29. The ensemble, which formed at USC Thornton in 2014, features Catherine Baker, flute (GCRT), Zachary Pulse, oboe (GCRT), Kelsi Doolittle, clarinet (MM), Alex Garcia, bassoon (MM ’13), Carrie Rexroat, horn (MM) and Hedy Lee, piano […]


Composer Zhou Tian receives second Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra commission

March 17, 2015

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra recently commissioned a new work by USC Thornton alum Zhou Tian (DMA ’11). His Concerto for Orchestra will be premiered under the orchestra’s music director, Louis Langrée, in the 2015-16 season finale. The CSO previously commissioned Tian’s Poem from a Vanished Time in 2013. Tian’s works have been performed by many […]

Paul Young

Paul Young of music industry program provides insight into “Blurred Lines” verdict

March 16, 2015

ABC7 Eyewitness News sat down with USC Thornton professor Paul Young, director of the music industry minors program, for an expert analysis of the legal battle between Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and the family of Marvin Gaye. Young, a former executive and producer with Universal Music Group, provided insight into the business implications for the […]

Gail Samuel

Gail Samuel appointed Executive Director of Los Angeles Philharmonic

March 12, 2015

USC Thornton graduate and Board of Councilors member Gail Samuel (BA ’89, psychology & music, MBA ’02) has been promoted to the position of Executive Director with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. She will serve as acting president and chief executive while current president and CEO Deborah Borda is on sabbatical in the fall. Samuel […]

Partch Ensemble

Thornton alumni perform on Grammy winning Partch album

March 12, 2015

USC Thornton alumni Alison Bjorkedal (MM ’05, DMA ’08, harp) and Nick Terry (DMA ’11, percussion) performed on the Partch ensemble’s Grammy award-winning album, Plectra & Percussion Dances. In addition to performing with Partch, Bjorkedal teaches harp and is a member of Southwest Chamber Music, Golden State Pops Orchestra and MUSE/IQUE. Terry performs with the […]

Josephine Yang

Piano student Josephine Yang featured as soloist in two orchestral concerts

March 11, 2015

USC Thornton piano student Josephine Yang (MM ’16) received glowing reviews for her recent performances with the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonara under guest conductor Keitaro Harada. The Sierra Vista Herald reported that “The audience was not disappointed, as a long, loud standing ovation began even as the last note […]

William Kanegiser

Classical Guitar professor William Kanengiser featured in KUSC interview

March 10, 2015

USC Thornton faculty William Kanengiser was featured in a March 5th interview by Jim Svejda on classic radio station KUSC 91.5 FM. Kanengiser premiered his arrangements of Music from the Time of Cervantes and discussed his work with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and recent collaboration with composer and Thornton alum Jeffrey Holmes at the […]

Gifts from Over Sea

Ines Thomé and Katina Mitchell win Thornton Outreach Chamber Ensemble Competition

March 10, 2015

USC Thornton students Ines Thomé (GCRT, DMA) and Katina Mitchell (DMA) won the Thornton Outreach Chamber Ensemble Competition with their ensemble Gifts from Over Sea. Thomé, a DMA student in Classical Guitar, and Mitchell, a DMA student in Vocal Arts, will perform upcoming concerts for school children in Los Angeles as Thornton Outreach Chamber Ensemble […]

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