News from the 2008-2009 Academic Year

Peter Erskine and James Walker receive 2009 USC Mellon Mentoring Award

April 1, 2009

USC Mellon Mentoring Awards are given to faculty members for their extraordinary efforts at building a sustainable culture of mentoring at USC on all three campuses. Peter Erskine was awarded in the graduate student category and James Walker in the undergraduate category.


Upcoming performances by Thornton alumni quartet

April 1, 2009

The Calder Quartet, made up of cellist Eric Byers (BM ’03), violist Jonathan Moerschel (BM ’01, MM ’03), and violinists Benjamin Jacobson (BM ’01) and Andrew Bulbrook (BA ’02), can be seen in the following upcoming performances: April 14, 2009 with the Airborne Toxic Event on The Tonight Show April 17, 2009 with the Airborne […]


Thornton classical guitar students reach international semi-finals

April 1, 2009

Thornton students Ed Trybek (DMA) and Colin Davin (BM) were announced as semi-finalists among an impressive international field in the prestigious Christopher Parkening Classical Guitar Competition. The competition will conclude May 26-31 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, and the winners will perform with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. View competition information


Thornton alum Jason Issokson received Marion-Rostal-Award

April 1, 2009

Jason Issokson (MM ’09), a participant at the International Max Rostal Competition 2009 for violin and viola in Berlin, was recently awarded the Marion-Rostal-Award for the best interpretation of the compulsory piece The Four Winds by Daniel Schnyder. View competition results


Thornton alum Courtney Huffman received great performance review from Los Angeles Times

March 1, 2009

Los Angeles Times highlighted Thornton alum, Courtney Huffman ’07, for her performance in Vivaldi’s Motezuma with the Long Beach Opera on Saturday, March 28, 2009. Read the review


USC Thornton student Patrick Murray named Fulbright Scholar

March 1, 2009

USC Thornton student Patrick Murray (senior BM, graduating in May 2009) has been named a Fulbright Scholar. With the Fulbright Award, Murray will study next year in Vienna, concentrating on language and the song literature of Franz Schubert. At USC Thornton, Murray is a student of Elizabeth Hynes, vocal arts/opera department chair.


Thornton SMPTV alum Nicholas Lawrence composes the score for The Importance of Flossing

March 1, 2009

SMPTV alum, Nicholas Lawrence ’99, composed the music for The Importance of Flossing, which recently won the World Vision/Sojourners Filmmaking Competition. The film will be shown at the Sojourners Mobilization to End Poverty Convention in Washington, D.C. in late April. Watch the film


Thornton alum Aaron Arntz wins Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance

March 1, 2009

Jazz Studies alum, Aaron Arntz ’03, gets added to list of Thornton Grammy winners. Arntz played with Zappa Plays Zappa on “Peaches En Regalia,” which won a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. www.zappaplayszappa.com


Thornton SMPTV faculty member Lennie Moore composes the score for Watchmen Motion Comic

March 1, 2009

Warner Premiere recently released the complete Watchmen Motion Comic on DVD/Blu-Ray to coincide with the feature film opening. The score for this series was composed and produced by USC Thornton SMPTV faculty member, Lennie Moore, who created a total of over two hours of live music for 50-piece orchestra. The series initially premiered as a […]


Lior Kaminetsky makes multiple television and concert appearances

March 1, 2009

USC Thornton doctoral student and violinist Lior Kaminetsky has made several recent television and concert appearances including: The Chabad Telethon, KCET Free Improvisation: Koz & Kaminetsky Kaminetsky at Lincoln Center Theater, NY


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