Alumni News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Kathleen Grace’s album “No Place to Fall” receives positive reviews

April 4, 2014

Arizona Daily Star featured No Place to Fall, the latest album by Kathleen Grace, USC Thornton alumna and current Jazz Studies faculty. The album was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Sheldon Gomberg. Though Grace has a jazz background, No Place to Fall features some songs with a more country and folk appeal inspired by her Tucson […]


Garry Schyman wins British Academy of Film and Television Arts award

April 4, 2014

Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television faculty Garry Schyman won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for his work on the video game Bioshock Infinite. Schyman has also received the D.I.C.E. award for “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition” from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in addition to the […]


Bear McCreary, Calder Quartet profiled by LA Times

March 21, 2014

USC Thornton alumnus Bear McCreary and the Calder Quartet — comprised of alumni Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook, Jonathan Moerschel and Eric Byers — were interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for a feature on McCreary’s work as the composer for the Starz series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” McCreary and the members of the Calder Quartet met while freshmen at USC […]


Ambrose Akinmusire profiled by NPR Music, DownBeat Magazine

March 17, 2014

Jazz Studies faculty and USC Thornton alumnus Ambrose Akinmusire was recently interviewed by NPR Music to promote the release of his upcoming album, the imagined savior is far easier to paint. Akinmusire is also features on the cover of the April 2014 edition of DownBeat Magazine.


Morten Lauridsen interviewed by Southern California blog ‘All Is Yar’

March 17, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen was recently interviewed by CK Dexter Haven for the Southern California culture blog All Is Yar. Lauridsen’s longstanding relationship with USC Thornton and USC at-large was a major focus of the piece, with Lauridsen comparing his time as a USC student in the 1960s with the experiences of […]


Donald Crockett to perform with Boston Modern Orchestra Project

March 11, 2014

Composition faculty and chair Donald Crockett will perform his work “Blue Earth” in an upcoming concert entitled “Boston ConNECtion,” presented in collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and the New England Conservatory (NEC). NEC has also named Crockett a visiting composer-in-residence. The event takes place at NEC on March 28, 2014. Tickets and […]


Mari Edelman ’69 highlighted in Los Angeles Times

March 7, 2014

USC Thornton alumna and former student of Eleonore Schoenfeld, Mari Edelman (PhD ’69), was mentioned in a Los Angeles Times article on LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s meeting with local arts leaders. Edelman is one of the new appointed members to the Cultural Affairs Commission, a volunteer board that advises the Cultural Affairs Department and reviews […]


Garry Schyman wins D.I.C.E. Award for Best Original Score

February 10, 2014

Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television faculty and USC Thornton alumnus Garry Schyman won the D.I.C.E. award for “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition” from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. The award recognizes Schyman’s work on the video game “Bioshock Infinite.” This marks the second time Schyman’s compositions have been honored by the Academy. […]


Alumnus Christian Campos profiled by The Eastsider LA

February 6, 2014

Recent alumnus Christian Campos, who earned his DMA in Choral Music, was profiled by local news outlet The Eastsider LA. The publication said Campos’ work ethic and artistic sensibilities “are breathing new life into an ancient musical styling.”


LA Phil COO Gail Samuel ’88 to receive USC Alumni Merit Award

January 16, 2014

USC Thornton alumna and current LA Philharmonic COO Gail Samuel ’88 will receive an Alumni Merit Award from the USC Alumni Association at an awards ceremony April 26, 2014. The annual Alumni Awards gala is the premier event sponsored by the USC Alumni Association. All proceeds from the event support the USC Alumni Association’s programs […]


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