News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Alumnus Martin Leung performs with the Academic Leipzig Orchestra

November 20, 2017

On November 13th, Keyboard Studies alumnus Martin Leung (DMA ’15, piano) performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig (Academic Leipzig Orchestra) under maestro Horst Förster. Leung received the opportunity to perform at the Leipzig Gewandhaus after winning first prize in the concerto division of the Los Angeles Liszt Piano competition last […]

Musical training improves brain development, according to ongoing USC study

November 15, 2017

USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute continues to publish the results of an ongoing study showing that musical training can alter brain structures for the better. Beatriz Illari, a faculty member of the USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program, is a co-author of the study, which has been conducted in partnership with the Los Angeles […]

This Saturday, Thornton celebrates new music from “Noon to Midnight” with the LA Phil

November 14, 2017

On Saturday, November 18th, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will welcome the city’s most adventurous music audiences to Walt Disney Concert Hall for a day-long celebration of contemporary composition, Noon to Midnight. In addition to performances by Steven Schick, Rage Thormbones, LA Signal Lab, Los Angeles Electric 8, wild Up, red fish blue fish, gnarwhallaby, SASSAS, […]

Thornton students sweep video performance competition

November 14, 2017

Students from USC Thornton’s Classical Division have swept the first James Ramos International Video Competition, a joint venture of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) and Social Media Works. Recognizing that Youtube and Facebook have become important video platforms for musicians to audition and to share their artistry with the world, the competition […]

Tim Page quoted by NPR and the Daily Beast

November 13, 2017

Tim Page, professor at both USC Thornton and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, was recently quoted in a Daily Beast article, “Bob Guccione Jr.: Where ‘Rolling Stone’ Went Wrong, and How I Would Save It.” Page described Rolling Stone as a “lifeline for music-crazy kids all over the country,” and as a […]

Violinists Wynton Grant, Nick Kennerly, and Julian McClanahan join Rostam on tour

November 10, 2017

Three USC Thornton violinists — Popular Music seniors Julian McClanahan and Nick Kennerly and GCRT candidate Wynton Grant – are attracting notice as a tightly-knit strings backing trio for pop artists. Having recently opened for HAIM at a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, the trio is currently on a two-week European tour with […]

Jeffrey Kahane on conducting from the keyboard

November 9, 2017

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty Jeffrey Kahane boasts a celebrated career in piano and conducting, and part of his expertise is in doing both simultaneously. In a recent feature on the website of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Kahane mentions that dividing his attention between the piano and the orchestra requires tremendous skill, but it’s […]

New World Symphony to perform work by Jules Pegram

November 8, 2017

On Friday, November 17th, the New World Symphony (NWS) of Miami will perform “NEON NIGHTS” by USC Thornton alumnus Jules Pegram (BM ’13, Composition), as part of the annual PULSE event. The work, which the NWS describes as “a journey through a shimmering, cosmopolitan sound world, one that’s inspired by the hot, glittering neon of […]

USC Thornton #1 on Hollywood Reporter’s list of ‘Music Schools for Film and TV’

November 7, 2017

USC Thornton’s renowned Screen Scoring program has topped the Hollywood Reporter’s list of the “Top 25 Music Schools for Film and TV,” lauding the school’s conservatory approach and focus on music for contemporary media. The article, which points to Thornton alumnus Thomas Newman and faculty member and alumnus Bruce Broughton (’67) as success stories, quotes […]

The Kinetic Winds to be featured in Mammoth Lakes concert

November 2, 2017

The Kinetic Winds quintet, which includes five USC Thornton students, will be the featured ensemble at the Eastern Sierra Symphony’s fall concert in Mammoth Lakes on Saturday, November 4th. Led by bassoonist and GCRT candidate Amber Wyman (MM ’16), the quintet includes clarinetist and master’s student Sergio Coelho (GCRT ’16), oboist and DMA candidate Chris […]

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