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Composition alumnus wins two prestigious awards

August 2, 2017

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Eric Guinivan (MM ’08, DMA ’11) recently received a commission from Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation, as well as the Andrew Imbrie Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for “a composer of demonstrated artistic merit in mid-career.” An accomplished composer and GRAMMY Award-nominated percussionist, Guinivan’s work has been […]


Alumnus Andrew DeWitt nominated for Sports Emmy

July 26, 2017

Andrew DeWitt (BS ’06, music industry) was nominated in the category of Outstanding Music Direction at the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards for his work as Music Director on the American Experience documentary film “The Boys of ’36.” The film aired on PBS in August 2016 and is now available for streaming on Netflix.


Andrew Norman premieres new children’s opera with Berlin Philharmoniker

July 11, 2017

Composer Andrew Norman, a USC Thornton faculty member who has emerged as one of the most distinctive musical voices of his generation, recently premiered a new children’s opera with the renowned Berlin Philharmoniker Orchestra. A Trip to the Moon opened June 17 under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, with help from the Vocal Heroes […]


Jenny Wong takes interim post at All Saints Church

July 7, 2017

Jenny Wong (MM ’13, choral), a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has been named Interim Director of Music at All Saints Church in Pasadena. She adds this to her role as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. A native of Hong Kong, Wong began conducting in 2009 […]


The Los Angeles Times draws musical parallels between Los Angeles and Berlin

July 5, 2017

The musical vitality of Los Angeles takes center stage in a recent Los Angeles Times article by music critic Mark Swed, which juxtaposes the city’s artistic dynamism with that of the more established metropolis of Berlin. Surveying the German capital’s three major opera companies and the venerable Berlin Philharmonic, Swed drew parallels to several Los […]


The Calder Quartet signs recording deal with Pentatone

June 27, 2017

The Calder Quartet, which includes USC Thornton alumni Benjamin Jacobson (BM’01, MM’07, violin), Andrew Bulbrook (BM ’02, violin), Jonathan Moerschel (BM ’01, MM ’03, viola) and Eric Byers (BM ’03, cello), has signed an exclusive recording deal with Pentatone. The ensemble, which is known for its artful interpretations of both classical and contemporary repertoire, will […]


William Dehning, long-time USC Thornton Choral chair, 1942-2017

June 26, 2017

Choral conductor and USC Thornton alumnus William Dehning (MA ’67, DMA ’71, choral), who led the department of Choral & Sacred Music as chair from 1992 to 2007, passed away on June 23, 2017. A native of Minnesota, Dehning studied with Ingolf Dahl, Walter Ducloux, Charles C. Hirt, Halsey Stevens and James Vail at USC […]


L.C. Harnsberger Olvera Street opera performed

June 26, 2017

Golondrina, a chamber opera by composer and alumnus L.C. Harnsberger‘s (BM, ’89, Composition), was performed last month by the Southern California-based Vineyard Touring Opera Company. The opera, which premiered in 2015, tells the true story behind Los Angeles’ Olvera Street landmark and efforts to save its iconic plaza during the construction of Union Station. With […]


L.A. Master Chorale celebrates Morten Lauridsen

June 15, 2017

This week, the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) celebrates the 20th anniversary of USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna with a series of concerts and events at Walt Disney Concert Hall (June 17-22). Alumnus Grant Gershon (’85, piano), USC Thornton Board of Councilors member and artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, was […]


Soprano Jessica Rivera reprises role in “Hubble Cantata” in Los Angeles

June 12, 2017

Soprano and USC Thornton alumna Jessica Rivera (MM ’98) returns to Southern California in October to reprise her role in the groundbreaking Hubble Cantata, a multimedia “experience that pushes the boundaries of art and science as it takes audiences on a journey of wonder and exploration.” Soprano Jessica Rivera performing during the premiere of the […]


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