Press Releases from the 2012-2013 Academic Year

USC Thornton Symphony Performs at Walt Disney Concert Hall Under the Direction of USC Principal Conductor Carl St.Clair

January 9, 2013

Concert features soprano Angela Brown, baritone Kevin Deas and the USC Thornton Concert Choir under the direction of Cristian Grases. St.Clair also takes on a newly expanded role as Artistic Leader of USC Thornton School of Music Orchestras. Download the Press Release


Launching Point

November 20, 2012

Erik Hughes, a senior in the Jazz Studies department at the USC Thornton School of Music, lands in the trombone sections of two noted big bands after being recommended by jazz legends—his faculty at Thornton. Download the Press Release


USC Popular Music Student Nominated for Latin GRAMMY

November 14, 2012

University of Southern California senior Suemy Gonzales, a violinist and singer enrolled in the groundbreaking Popular Music Performance Program at USC’s Thornton School of Music, has been nominated for a Latin GRAMMY award with her female mariachi group, Trio Ellas. Download the Press Release


Alice Schoenfeld Commits $3 Million to Create the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Symphonic Hall

October 29, 2012

Schoenfeld is the holder of the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld Endowed Chair in String Instruction, and a professor of violin instruction and performance at the USC Thornton School of Music. Download the Press Release


Daniel Carlin, Glenn Dicterow, Kenneth Foster, and Peter Webster Join the Thornton Faculty

October 29, 2012

Daniel Carlin is former chair of film scoring at Berklee College of Music; Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic; Kenneth Foster, executive director of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Peter Webster, professor emeritus at Northwestern University and music education specialist. Download the Press Release


Drummer Ignacio Berroa Joins the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra

September 27, 2012

Concert takes place at the Carson Television Center on the University Park Campus. Download the Press Release


USC Thornton Percussion Ensemble Celebrates John Cage Centenary

September 26, 2012

Ensemble led by Thornton faculty member and Principal Timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Joseph Pereira. Download the Press Release


USC Thornton School of Music Presents the west coast premiere of Lee Hoiby’s opera, “The Tempest”

September 19, 2012

Production features USC Thornton Opera Music Director Brent McMunn and USC Thornton Resident Stage Director Ken Cazan. Download the Press Release


Celebrated Master Conductor Gerard Schwarz returns to Los Angeles to conduct the USC Thornton Symphony

September 12, 2012

Conductor Gerard Schwarz, Conductor Laureate at the Seattle Symphony and former music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, makes a welcome return to LA to lead the USC Thornton Symphony in his own suite arrangement of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Brahms’s Symphony No. 3. Download the Press Release


Legendary Jazz and Popular Music Drummer Ndugu Chancler Shares 60 Years of Life and Music

September 9, 2012

Featuring performances by the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and ALAJE (USC Thornton’s Afro Latin American Jazz Ensemble). Download the Press Release


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