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Navy Brass Ensemble premieres work by alumni, for alumni

February 8, 2018

The United States Naval Academy Band’s Brass Ensemble recently premiered a work by USC Thornton alumnus Giovanni Santos (MM ’07), written for and performed by fellow alumnus, trumpeter Matt Harriman (MM ’08). Voyages was performed on January 28th at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., under the baton of Lieutenant Commander Diane Nichols. Also performing […]


Pianist Vicki Ray records new work by Daniel Lentz

February 6, 2018

Pianist Vicki Ray’s (DMA ’88) recent recording of River of 1,000 Streams by composer Daniel Lentz was warmly reviewed by the website I Care If You Listen. Referring to the USC Thornton alumna as a “Los Angeles luminary,” reviewer Nick Stevens lauded her performance as a “colorful, nuanced, arresting statement,” demonstrating “first-rate artistry.” Lentz’s 28-minute […]


Patrick O’Malley wins Sioux City’s Composer of the Year Award

January 31, 2018

Patrick O’Malley (MM ’15), a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Composition program, was recently selected as the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra’s Composer of the Year for 2018. He earned the title with Loneliness in a Beautiful Place, a string work that also won the 2017 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. O’Malley will travel […]


Albert Diaz appointed Associate Chair of Music at Walla Walla University

January 26, 2018

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumnus Albert R. Diaz (BA ’10, MM ’12) has been appointed Associate Chair of the Music Department at Walla Walla University in Washington state. Diaz was a founding member of the Helios Guitar Quartet, which formed at USC in 2011. Currently a doctoral candidate in musicology at U.C. Los Angeles, Diaz’s […]


Alumnus Richard Bernstein celebrates 400th performance with Met Opera

January 25, 2018

On Saturday, January 27th, 2018, Richard Bernstein (’89) will reach a professional milestone with his 400th performance with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in a production of Puccini’s Tosca. The operatic bass and alumnus of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program debuted with the company in 1995 and has since performed […]


Karina DePiano performs with Troye Sivan on SNL

January 23, 2018

When Karina DePiano (BM ’16) graduated from USC Thornton’s Popular Music program in 2016, she launched straight into a busy touring career as keyboardist and music director for artists such as Rita Ora, Daya, Miley Cyrus, and Troye Sivan. Last weekend, DePiano performed with Sivan on Saturday Night Live (see clip below). The show followed […]


Three USC Thornton cellists save the day at Walt Disney Concert Hall

January 22, 2018

On Friday, January 19th, three USC Thornton cellists took to the stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall for a daring musical rescue mission, of sorts. When Los Angeles Philharmonic soloist Robert deMaine was unable to perform the U.S. premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s daunting modernist Cello Concerto at the last minute, conductor Susanna Mälkki invited […]


William E. Rutherford memorial to be held January 27

January 18, 2018

William E. Rutherford (1929-2017) was an esteemed and renowned scholar, writer, and professor of Linguistics at USC for thirty years. He was also a musician and performed early music on the harpsichord and organ. In the 1960s, he formed the Musica Pacifica ensemble with Shirley Marcus, Ruth Adams, Morris Newman, and others, and the group […]


Bassoonist Elizabeth Roberts earns position with Virginia Symphony

January 17, 2018

USC Thornton Winds & Percussion alumna Elizabeth Roberts (MM ’01, bassoon) recently won the position of Contrabassoon with the Norfolk-based Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Roberts has also served as Principal Bassoon and Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony since 2001, where she teaches on the faculty of the University of Virginia.


“Trojan Family Magazine” explores the cutting-edge work of Thornton music educators

January 10, 2018

Trojan Family Magazine recently put a spotlight on arts education in Los Angeles, as championed by a number of USC educators, including USC Thornton faculty and alumni. The article, “The Trojans Bringing Arts Education Back to Kids and Schools,” points to Peter Webster, Thornton’s Scholar-in-Residence and Vice Dean of Division of Scholarly & Professional Studies, […]


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