Student Accomplishments from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Shabnam Kalbasi won first place and the “Artist of the Year” award in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Young Artist Competition

November 15, 2013

USC Thornton alum and mezzo-soprano Shabnam Kalbasi (MM, ’12) won first place and the “Artist of the Year” award in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Young Artist Competition. Kalbasi has performed as Kate Julian in USC’s West Coast Premiere production of Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave and as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas […]


Tomomi Sato was named the winner of the California Music Teachers National Association Competition’s senior performance

November 11, 2013

Tomomi Sato (BM, ’15) was named the winner of the California MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Competition’s “Senior Performance.” As a result, she will represent the state of California at the Southwest Regional Competition in Utah. Sato also attended the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Conference, participating in a masterclass at the Disneyland Hotel.


Yoshi Masuda awarded the first prize and the John Hopkins Memorial Award

November 10, 2013

Yoshi Masuda (DMA) was awarded the first prize and the John Hopkins Memorial Award at the Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition. Masuda won prize money and a concerto and recital tour in Australia. He also won the strings division and came in second place overall at the 40th National Young Artist Competition, hosted by the […]


Arisa Ogino wins first prize in the Bellflower Concerto Competition and the Bach Complete Works Competition

November 9, 2013

Arisa Ogino (BM, ’16) won first prize in the Bellflower Concerto Competition and performed the Mendelsohnn Piano Concerto in G minor with the Bellflower Symphony Orchestra. She also won first prize in the Well Tempered Clavier Book II division of the Bach Complete Works Competition.


Jonathan Dormand is the fourth prize winner of the Isang Yun International Cello Competition

November 8, 2013

Jonathan Dormand (GCRT, ’14) was the fourth prize winner of the Isang Yun International Cello Competition. He was awarded prize money and performed the Prokofiev Sonata in the prize-winner’s concert.


Vocal arts major, Quinn Middleman, makes her professional debut

November 8, 2013

Vocal arts major Quinn Middleman (BM, ’14) made her professional debut with renowned composer Jake Heggie and international flutest Wincenc in San Francisco. The performance also received a positive review from the San Francisco Classical Voice.


Barry Harris

Barry Harris appointed to serve as the musical director for GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Camp Alumni band

November 7, 2013

Barry Harris (BM, ’13) was appointed to serve as the musical director for GRAMMY Foundation’s GRAMMY Camp Alumni band for a second consecutive year. The band features 11 GRAMMY Camp alumni who are currently students at USC Thornton.


Rozzi Crane

Rozzi Crane (BM) is first artist to sign to 222 Records

November 7, 2013

Rozzi Crane (BM) was the first artist signed to 222 Records, a label operated by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. She joined Kelly Clarkson as the opening act on Maroon 5’s summer 2013 tour.


Vimbayi Kaziboni awarded a Fullbright Award and will spend 2014 in Uzbekistan

November 5, 2013

Vimbayi Kaziboni (BM, ’10) was awarded a Fullbright Award and will spend 2014 in Uzbekistan. He also was one of a handful of conductors chosen internationally for “The 21st Century American Contemporary Ensemble Workshop” at Carnegie Hall, where he worked with John Adams and David Robertson.


Four members of USC Thornton’s Contemporary Music Ensemble chosen to participate in Carnegie Hall’s professional training workshop

November 4, 2013

Four members of USC Thornton’s Contemporary Music Ensemble were chosen to participate in Carnegie Hall’s competitive professional training workshop, featuring composer John Adams and conductor David Robertson. Representatives included students Eric Jacobs (DMA), Michael Kaufman (DMA, ’14), Clara Kim (DMA, ’14), and Ben Phelps (DMA, ’10).


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