USC Thornton Alumni

Graduates of the USC Thornton School of Music are members of a thriving network of distinguished alumni spanning the globe.

Thornton Trojan Network

USC Thornton’s Office of Alumni offers events, benefits & resources just for graduates. Stay connected for alumni updates, from performances to album releases, jobs to press coverage.

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Alumni Amplified

USC Thornton graduates bring their creativity, intellect, and service to an ever-evolving industry. We recognize and celebrate their musical excellence.

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Click the link above to learn more about the remarkable students, alumni, and faculty at USC Thornton with Spotlights, weekly features about the Thornton community.

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The Outstanding Alumnus Award is conferred upon a Thornton graduate whose artistic or scholarly achievements both reflect the ideals of the school, furthering the art of music. Nominate a fellow Thornton Trojan at the link above.

Outstanding Alumnus Award Past Recipients

2023  Dr. Iris S. Levine DMA

2022  Lori Custodero DMA ’97

2021   None selected

2020  None selected

2019 None selected     

2018  Billy Childs ’79

2017  Elizabeth Rowe ’96

2016  Bear McCreary ’02

2015  Laurence Lesser

2014  Andrew Norman ’02, MM ’04

2013  Diane Wittry ’83, MM ’85

2012   Nick Stoubis ’97, MM ’00

2011    Vince Mendoza MM ’85

2010   David Newman ’76, MM ’82

2009   Doug Lowry MM ’76, MM ’78

2008   Fred Vogler ’88

2007   Bruce Sledge MM ’99

2006   Gene Pokorny ’75

2005   William Dawson Hall MA ’59, DMA ’69

2004   H. Royce Saltzman DMA ’64

2003   Andrew York MM ’86

2002   Grant Gershon ’85

2001   Thomas Mathiesen DMA ’71

2000   Earle Patriarco MM ’92

1999   Morten Lauridsen ’66, MA ’68, DMA ’74

1998   Rodney Gilfry MM ’83

1997   Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

1996   Tommy Stevens ’68

1995   Robert Rodriguez DMA ’74

1994   Cynthia Phelps ’78

1993   Jonathan Mack ’71, MA ’74

1992   Lee Ritenour ’72

1991   Mary Ann Bonino MA ’63, PhD ’71

1990   Thomas Hampson ’80

1989   Dale Warland PhD ’65

1988   Bruce Broughton ’67

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Alumni Resources

Continue to develop your career & networks with the resources provided below.

Career Connect

Explore internships and job opportunities with USC Thornton Career Connect service, available to students and graduates.

Alumni Association

Graduates of the Thornton School of Music automatically receive complimentary enrollment in the USC Alumni Association.

Stay Connected

Reach out to the USC Thornton Office of Alumni at (213) 740-6474; visit us at 840 West 34th Street; or via email at

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