News from the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers performs Morten Lauridsen arrangement

May 30, 2017

International violinist Anne Akiko Meyers recently performed a violin arrangement of O Magnum Mysterium, a popular choral work by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74). Arranged especially for her, Meyers presented the work in recitals in New York City and Washington, D.C., last month. During her tour, Meyers visited the […]


Argus Quartet wins senior strings division of M Prize

May 25, 2017

The Argus Quartet, which includes USC Thornton alumni Clara Kim (DMA ’15, violin) and Jason Issokson (MM ’10, violin) along with violist Dana Kelley and cellist Jo Whang, was named the first place winner in the Senior Strings division of the University of Michigan’s M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. In addition to a cash prize of […]


Clarinet student Dario Brignoli takes principal position with Tucson Symphony

May 23, 2017

Clarinetist and USC Thornton graduate student Dario Brignoli recently won the principal clarinet position with the Tucson Symphony. Brignoli joins three Thornton alumni performing with the ensemble: principal flutist Alexander Lipay (MM ’07, flute), principal keyboardist Paula Fan (MM ‘74, DMA ’82, keyboard collaborative arts), and bassoonist Benjamin Yingst (MM ’08, bassoon). Thornton graduate certificate […]


Music Industry alum Golan named Songwriter of the Year

May 18, 2017

The 65th Annual BMI Pop Awards honored Music Industry alumnus Ross Golan (‘01) with the Songwriter of the Year award on Tuesday. Golan, one of two recipients of this year’s award, along with co-winner Justin Tranter, was recognized for his work on Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman,” Andy Grammer’s “Good to Be Alive,” Flo Rida’s “My […]


Composition alumnus Saad Haddad travels the globe

May 16, 2017

Though the 2016-17 season is winding down, composer and USC Thornton alumnus Saad Haddad (’14, composition) continues to travel the globe to share his music. Recently awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Grand Prize at the S&R Foundation Washington Awards, Haddad spent five weeks […]


Marylin Winkle’s theatrical work praised by Los Angeles Times

May 15, 2017

Early Music DMA student Marylin Winkle received praise from the Los Angeles Times for her role in Skylight Theatre’s production of “Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers.” Winkle composed live original music, which F. Kathleen Foley of the Times said “beautifully [underscored] the proceedings.” Last semester, Winkle directed the Chamber Opera of USC’s […]


Clarinet student Eric Abramovitz takes new position with Nashville Symphony

May 11, 2017

Clarinetist Eric Abramovitz, a USC Thornton Winds & Percussion graduate student of faculty member Yehuda Gilad, was recently named the associate principal/E-flat/2nd clarinet with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. This is the latest accolade in a banner year for Abramovitz, who also took 1st Prize for Classical Clarinet at the 2017 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition and […]


Hear Now Music Festival features over 15 Thornton musicians

May 8, 2017

The seventh annual Hear Now Music Festival took place at the end of April, showcasing many of the most compelling artistic voices in Southern California new music, including a broad slate of USC Thornton students, faculty, and alumni. Pianist and alumnus Gernot Wolfgang (GCRT ’94, film scoring) serves as Associate Artistic Director of the festival, […]


Sophomore Madeliene Mayi releases new EP – with help from Music Industry students

May 5, 2017

Sophomore Popular Music student Madeleine Meyer — known professionally as Madeleine Mayi — is riding on a wave of success. Her first single, “You Want More,” earned 16,000 plays in less than three weeks, to the praise of Indie Shuffle and Ear to the Ground. On Friday, May 5th, Mayi released “Strawberry Hair,” the last […]


Jeffrey Kahane receives accolades for Beethoven’s Ninth with LACO

May 4, 2017

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Jeffrey Kahane received praise from both the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal for his work conducting Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Kahane has served as LACO’s music director for 20 years, the longest of any in the ensemble’s history. This summer, he […]


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