News from the 2008-2009 Academic Year

Resonance: an Interdisciplinary Music Journal

April 1, 2009

Edited by graduate students at the USC Thornton School, Resonance announces the publication of the Spring 2009 issue of our online journal. The new issue features articles on the problems of composing with Finale by DMA composition candidate Francis Kayali, Italian renaissance madrigals by PhD candidate Eric Schneeman, and a profile of recent DMA composition […]


Krieger’s students sweep competition

April 1, 2009

Four of Norman Kriger’s piano students swept the Phi Beta, Pi Iota Chapter of Los Angeles Piano Scholarship Auditions. Hyun-soo Lee (GS), Fang-Fang Shi Inouye (DMA), Benjamin Hopkins (BM), and Keenan Reesor (MM) won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, respectively.


NATSAA Winner Courtney Huffman Carnegie Hall Debut

April 1, 2009

2008 NATS Artist Award winner, soprano Courtney Huffman (’07), will make her Carnegie Hall Solo Recital Debut on Thursday, June 18. Read the press release


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.


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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