News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

James Babor interviewed in Final Note Magazine

June 1, 2015

Los Angeles Philharmonic percussionist James Babor, who is on the faculty of USC Thornton, was interviewed for Final Note Magazine, an online publication exploring classical music. In the interview, Babor spoke about his work performing with large ensembles, such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Seattle Symphony and the New World Symphony, as […]


SMPTV grad students help bring Bugs Bunny to life on stage

May 29, 2015

A team of graduate students from the USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program recently assisted conductor George Daugherty in transcribing and restoring the music of 1930’s and 1940’s Warner Bros. cartoons, including selections from the beloved “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies.” The New Yorker magazine reviewed Daugherty’s work with the New York […]


Composer Ted Hearne premieres new work with LA Chamber Orchestra

May 19, 2015

Composer Ted Hearne, who joined the USC Thornton Composition faculty in 2014, premiered a new work with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on May 17, closing the ensemble’s 2014-2015 season. Hearne’s piece, “respirator,” evoked his struggles with childhood asthma through percussive and experimental sounds created by the orchestra. In a review of “respirator” for the […]


Piano student Esther Lee presents Chicago recital

May 19, 2015

USC Thornton student Esther Lee (GCRT ’15, keyboard studies) recently presented a solo recital hosted by the International Music Foundation of Chicago as part of their Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series. The May 13 event took place at the Chicago Cultural Center and featured works by Haydn, Chopin and Ravel. Lee is a student […]


Masters student Yoona Jeong to participate in conducting masterclass

May 11, 2015

USC Thornton Choral Music masters candidate Yoona Jeong was selected to participate in the 2015 Princeton Festival Conducting Masterclass in New Jersey this June. The eight-day masterclass, led by Dr. Jan Harrington, will focus on rehearsal technique and participants will lead daily rehearsals with chamber and choral ensembles.


Alumnus Dominic Gregorio recognized with teaching award

May 8, 2015

USC Thornton Choral Music alumnus Dominic Gregorio (DMA ’12), currently an Assistant Professor with the University of Regina Music Department, has received the university’s New Faculty Teaching Award of Recognition, which acknowledges “significant teaching excellence, growth, and development for new faculty members.” While at USC, he served as conductor with the USC Thornton Opera, USC […]


Joanna Demers publishes article on the legalities of musical sampling

May 7, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology professor Joanna Demers recently published an article entitled “Sound-alikes, Law, and Style,” exploring the legal nuances of musical sampling, in the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 83:2. Her third book, Drone and Apocalypse: An Exhibit Catalog for the End of the World, a fictionalized survey of twenty-first-century artistic […]


Alum T.J. Harper receives Providence College teaching award

May 7, 2015

USC Thornton alumnus T.J Harper (DMA ’08, choral music), currently Director of Choral Activities/Music Education at Providence College in Rhode Island, received the 2014-2015 Joseph R. Accinno Teaching Award, which is presented annually “to the faculty member who best exhibits excellence in teaching, passion and enthusiasm for learning, and genuine concern for students’ academic and […]


Daniel Gee to take teaching position at Westmont College

May 7, 2015

USC Thornton Choral Music student Daniel Gee (MM ’15) will take a teaching position at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, his undergraduate alma mater, as a sabbatical replacement in Theory and Composition for the 2015-16 academic year. Gee is presently co-conductor of the USC Thornton University Chorus, which presented his English folksong arrangement, “The Ploughman,” […]


SoCal VoCals a cappella group wins fourth international championship in New York City

May 6, 2015

The premiere USC a cappella group, SoCal VoCals, recently won first place at the 2015 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, or the I.C.C.A., in New York City. This was the fourth time that the group has taken the title, following wins in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The SoCal VoCals’ 2015 I.C.C.A. triumph was documented […]


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