Student Accomplishments from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Dongni Xie takes second prize in concerto competition

June 17, 2015

Dongni Xie, a GCRT candidate in Keyboard Studies and a student of Norman Krieger, recently took second prize in the Young Musicians Foundation 2015 Concerto Competition. In April, Xie was one of three USC Thornton students to win scholarships from the Pasadena Alumnae chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. And in May, she took Grand Prize […]


Composition students shine with prizes and premieres

June 2, 2015

In recent weeks, USC Thornton students – from undergraduate to doctoral – have found success with composition awards and premieres. Thomas Kotcheff (MM ’12, composition), currently a doctoral candidate, received a BMI Student Composer Award on May 18 in New York City for his octet, entitled that in shadow or moonlight rises. In addition to […]


Piano student Esther Lee presents Chicago recital

May 19, 2015

USC Thornton student Esther Lee (GCRT ’15, keyboard studies) recently presented a solo recital hosted by the International Music Foundation of Chicago as part of their Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series. The May 13 event took place at the Chicago Cultural Center and featured works by Haydn, Chopin and Ravel. Lee is a student […]


Masters student Yoona Jeong to participate in conducting masterclass

May 11, 2015

USC Thornton Choral Music masters candidate Yoona Jeong was selected to participate in the 2015 Princeton Festival Conducting Masterclass in New Jersey this June. The eight-day masterclass, led by Dr. Jan Harrington, will focus on rehearsal technique and participants will lead daily rehearsals with chamber and choral ensembles.


Daniel Gee to take teaching position at Westmont College

May 7, 2015

USC Thornton Choral Music student Daniel Gee (MM ’15) will take a teaching position at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, his undergraduate alma mater, as a sabbatical replacement in Theory and Composition for the 2015-16 academic year. Gee is presently co-conductor of the USC Thornton University Chorus, which presented his English folksong arrangement, “The Ploughman,” […]


SoCal VoCals a cappella group wins fourth international championship in New York City

May 6, 2015

The premiere USC a cappella group, SoCal VoCals, recently won first place at the 2015 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, or the I.C.C.A., in New York City. This was the fourth time that the group has taken the title, following wins in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The SoCal VoCals’ 2015 I.C.C.A. triumph was documented […]


Shou Ping Liu to take summer conducting role with Oregon Bach Festival

May 4, 2015

USC Thornton doctoral candidate Shou Ping Liu was selected as one of eight student conductors for the Oregon Bach Festival, which is held each summer in Eugene. In this role, Liu will work alongside Artistic Director Matthew Halls and Director Emeritus Helmuth Rilling. At USC Thornton, Liu studies choral conducting with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and […]


Francisco Fullana takes top prize at Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition

April 30, 2015

Francisco Garcia Fullana (GCRT, ’15) recently won the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Nagoya, Japan, a biennial competition open to international candidates under the age of 25. In addition to winning first prize, Fullana also won the audience prize, the Prize of the Central Aichi Orchestra and the Special Prize from Mr. Munetsugu, himself. As […]


DMA student Andrew Harrison a finalist in Army Band competition

April 27, 2015

USC Thornton DMA saxophone student Andrew Harrison was a top ten finalist in the United States Army Band 2015 National Collegiate Solo Competition. Harrison has won various awards, including the SAI Young Artist Competition and the MTNA State Chamber Music Competition. He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and […]


Students and faculty to present papers at Musicology conferences this summer

April 22, 2015

The USC Thornton Musicology department will be well-represented at scholarly conferences this summer, with students and faculty making several presentations. Doctoral student Meagan Mason will deliver a paper at the Loci in Musicology: Epicenters, Parallels, and Unity conference at Brandeis University on May 1-2, 2015. Alison Maggart (PhD ’15) will deliver a paper at the […]


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