Student Accomplishments from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Somang Jeagal awarded grand prize at Washington International Competition for Piano

June 9, 2014

Somang Jeagal, a student in the Keyboard Studies Artist Diploma Program studying under faculty Kevin Fitz-Gerald, was awarded the grand prize in the 61st Washington International Competition for Piano on June 8, 2014. The award comes with a $10,000 financial prize, as well as a debut solo recital and concerto appearance at the Kennedy Center in […]


Jason Saunders selected as a finalist for the 10th Annual Competition for Young Composers

December 13, 2013

Jason Saunders (MM, ’14) was selected as a finalist for the 10th Annual Competition for Young Composers. As a finalist, Jason was commissioned to compose an original work to be premiered by YNYC at their June 2014 concert.


Peter Walsh is one of five pianists chosen nationwide for “The Song Continues” program at Carnegie Hall

December 12, 2013

Peter Walsh (BM, ’07; MM, ’09, DMA) was one of five pianists chosen nationwide for “The Song Continues” program at Carnegie Hall, where he was coached by Marilyn Horne, Jessye Norman and Dalton Baldwin.


Ashley Chanel Sirls awarded a Charles Dolo Coker Scholarship

December 1, 2013

Ashley Chanel Sirls (BM, ’16) was awarded a Charles Dolo Coker Scholarship, named after highly-regarded Xanadu recording star and major jazz artist. The Charles Dolo Coker Scholarship Foundation Inc. provides assistance to students in the form of substantial monetary awards for competition winners, music lessons, purchasing and gifting needed musical instruments, and professional critique and […]


Jules Pegram is named the winner of the Marilyn Glick Young Composers Competition

December 1, 2013

Jules Pegram (BM, ’13) was named the winner of the Marilyn Glick Young Composers Competition. Each of the 11 top music composition programs at schools nationwide were asked to submit one student composition, and Pegram’s work, “Neon Nights,” was named the winning entry. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performed the work on three subscription-series. Pegram was […]


Ohtae Kwon accepts department chair position at Chongshin University (Korean University)

November 30, 2013

USC Thornton alum, Ohtae Kwon (GCRT, ’13), accepts department chair position at Chongshin University (Korean University). Kwon started playing trombone when he was 13 years old. He was a principal trombonist in the Korean National Police Symphony Orchestra, Thornton Symphony Orchestra, Southern California Symphony and LA Festival Orchestra. He is currently a member of the […]


Qi Zhang’s Symphony in the Teapot published by Edition Schott

November 22, 2013

Qi Zhang’s (DMA, ’14) Symphony in the Teapot, which was inspired by the history and culture of Chinese tea, was published by Edition Schott. This is the first time that this publisher has released an organ work by a Chinese composer.


Keri Hui wins first place in the Antelope Valley Symphony Concerto Competition

November 22, 2013

USC Thornton senior student Keri Hui (BM, ’15) won first place in the Antelope Valley Symphony Concerto Competition for her performance of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto.


Frédéric Rosselet is named as a 2013 nominee for the Violoncello Foundation Listeners’ Choice Award

November 17, 2013

USC Thornton student and cellist Frédéric Rosselet (DMA, ’15) was named as a 2013 nominee for the Violoncello Foundation (VCF) Listeners’ Choice Award, following a public nomination round. Rosselet has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and a faculty member at Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program. At Thornton, Rosselet has performed with the […]


Grant Yosenick claims the grand prize of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra’s “OC Can You Sing” competition

November 16, 2013

Grant Yosenick (BM, ’16) recently claimed the grand prize of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra’s “OC Can You Sing” competition, securing a solo spot in a Pacific Symphony pops concert and vocal coaching with Broadway veteran Lisa Vroman. He also performed as a finalist with the Pacific Symphony as part of their Valentine’s program, featuring Kenny […]


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