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Irene Apanovitch to present at Canadian choral conference

September 11, 2017

USC Thornton Choral Music DMA candidate Irene Apanovitch has been invited to present at the June 2018 Podium Conference for Choral Directors in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Her session, “How do singers relate? Uncovering the link between choral singing and empathy,” will explore the impact of emotional empathy on the choral rehearsal process.


Jules Pegram participates in Cabrillo Festival Composers Workshop

September 8, 2017

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Jules Pegram (BM ’13) was one of three artists selected for the Composers Workshop at the 2017 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz. Pegram worked with conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Thomas Sleeper, and Leonard Slatkin, along with mentor-composer Michael Gandolfi and other Cabrillo composers-in-residence. His work, L.A. GLOWS, inspired by […]


Andriana Balic named to list of “Female Music Professors that Inspire Us”

September 7, 2017

College Magazine recently included Adriana Balic on its list of “10 Female Music Professors that Inspire Us.” Balic, who is known for her performance work with pop superstar P!nk, teaches songwriting in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program. Balic has previously performed with artists, including Sheila E, Il Divo, Brenda Russell, Peabo Bryson, Norman Brown, Everett […]


Ted Hearne’s latest album reviewed in The New Yorker

September 5, 2017

The New Yorker recently reviewed a new album by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne, whom reviewer Russell Platt called “one of the brightest compositional talents of the millennial generation.” Sound from the Bench features four “fierce and timely” choral works recorded by the Philadelphia-based choir, the Crossing, and directed by Donald Nally. […]


Ken Cazan praised for production of Britten’s “The Burning Fiery Furnace”

August 31, 2017

USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera chair Ken Cazan’s recent production of Benjamin Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace at the Central City Opera in Boulder, Colorado, received high praise. “Cazan’s imaginative staging combined with Britten’s music makes the message universal,” the review stated. Cazan’s stage direction delivered a modern take on Britten’s opera “where the […]


Classical Guitar alum Evan Hirschelman releases new book

August 30, 2017

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumnus Evan Hirschelman (MM ’06) has released a new instructional book with publisher Hal Leonard, entitled “Classical Guitar Chops: Essential Licks & Exercises to Maximize Your Technique.” With a foreword written by Thornton faculty member Scott Tennant, the book features music by Bach, Albéniz, Paganini, Giuliani, and Sor. Hirschelman previously released […]


Applications are now open for the LA Phil’s Hack Music LA

August 29, 2017

Applications are now open for Hack Music LA, a two-day event (October 7 & 8) that will bring together 75 of the country’s most creative makers to develop tools and experiences to expand music for all. The innovative, music-inspired hackathon is hosted by the LA Phil in partnership with the USC Thornton School of Music […]


Choral doctoral candidates take on leadership roles

August 28, 2017

Jenny Wong (MM ’13, choral), a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has been promoted to the role of Associate Conductor for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. She has previously served as Assistant Conductor with the ensemble, in addition to her duties as Interim Director of Music at All Saints […]


Clarinetist Ryan Toher to be NY Philharmonic Global Academy Fellow

August 25, 2017

USC Thornton clarinetist Ryan Toher, a second-year master’s student of Yehuda Gilad, has been selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program this January. One of several full-scholarship musicians selected by the Music Academy of the West, Toher will travel to New York City for an intensive ten days of training […]


Cristian Grases elected to IFCM Executive Council

August 21, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music faculty member Cristian Grases was recently elected to the Executive Council of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). Grases was appointed in July while attending the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona and will serve as one of four Vice Presidents for the group. The IFCM is […]


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