Student Accomplishments

Composition student Michael Lee debuts piece for string quartet on new album

October 4, 2016

“Farewell…,” a work by USC Thornton Composition doctoral candidate Michael Lee, is included on the compilation album Between the Echoes: Contemporary Chamber Works, recently released by Navona Records. Lee’s composition for string quartet, which incorporates shifting rhythms, timbres, and moods, was performed by violinists Vit Muzik and Igor Kopyt, violist Dominika Mužíková, and cellist Petr […]


Organist Thomas Mellan takes first place at San Diego competition

August 9, 2016

Thomas Mellan, a USC Thornton junior double-majoring in Organ Studies and Composition, recently took first place in the keyboard division of the Musical Merit Foundation’s competition for instrumentalists and vocalists, earning the distinction of Fenstermaker Scholar. Mellan, who also took the top prize in the 2015 competition, performed at the foundation’s 70th Annual Awards Concert […]


DMA candidate Irene Apanovitch awarded prestigious CET Fellowship

August 2, 2016

Irene Apanovitch, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has been appointed as a Teaching Assistant Fellow with the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) for the 2016-17 academic year. CET Fellows take an active role in guiding the work and objectives of Teaching Assistants across the university. In […]


Pianist Tomomi Sato to be featured soloist at LACMA’s Sundays Live

July 19, 2016

USC Thornton Masters student Tomomi Sato (BM ’15, Keyboard Collaborative Arts) was named the winner of the 2016 Sundays Live audition through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She will perform a program featuring the works of Bach, Schumann and Wild on Sunday, September 11. Her performance is part of LACMA’s Sundays Live […]


Organ student Weicheng Zhao takes AGO competition prizes

June 27, 2016

Weicheng Zhao (MM ’14), a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Organ Studies department, recently won both 3rd Place and the Audience Prize at the American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP). Zhao studies with Thornton faculty members Ladd Thomas and Cherry Rhodes. The NYACOP competition, which took place […]


Musicology graduate student Alison Maggart wins Ingolf Dahl Award

June 7, 2016

Alison Maggart, a PhD candidate in the USC Thornton Musicology program, became the first USC student in six years to win the prestigious Ingolf Dahl Award in Musicology from the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. The award was established by the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society in 1971 in […]


Violinist Zhe Song joins the Spokane Symphony

March 8, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Zhe Song (GCRT ’15) has joined the Spokane Symphony in Spokane, Washington as a second violin. A native of Tianjin, China, Song has trained as a violinist since the age of three. She began her training at the Affiliated School of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music before completing both her Bachelor’s and […]


Freshman flutist Jonathan Sussman featured in San Diego concerts

February 18, 2016

Flutist Jonathan Sussman, a freshman of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion department, recently performed alongside the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra in two San Diego concerts. The program, entitled “A Strictly Classical Concert,” featured Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra. Part of the Fallbrook Music Society’s series of […]


Julia Adolphe’s N.Y. Philharmonic concerto to premiere next season

February 8, 2016

A new viola concerto by Julia Adolphe, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Composition program, will be premiere as part of the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season in November of 2016. The work, which was commissioned by the Philharmonic in 2015, will be performed Nov. 17 and Nov. 19 by Cynthia Phelps, USC […]


Thornton Tuba Quartet invited to perform at international gathering

February 4, 2016

The USC Thornton Bass Tuba Quartet has been invited to compete at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference from May 30 to June 4 this summer. Made up of DMA candidate Brandon Davis (MM ’13), Masters students James Similuk (’15) and Kyle Richter, and junior Cameron Holt, the ensemble will join hundreds of fellow tuba players at the conference, […]


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