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Daniel Gee named music director of Santa Barbara Youth Symphony

August 4, 2022

Choral & sacred music alumnus Daniel Gee (MM ’15, DMA ’20) was named music director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony. Gee also serves as the director of choral activities and an assistant professor of music at Westmont College in Montecito, California.


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When Dreams Become Reality

August 4, 2022

Thornton Strings Department Alumna Karoline Menezes Has Performed with Stars Like Beyoncé and Billie Eilish.


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Meet The New Faculty: Andrae Alexander

August 2, 2022

As part of a series honoring faculty appointments, USC Thornton celebrates Andrae Alexander’s new position as an assistant professor of practice.


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Katelyn Vahala named a prize winner at 2022 International Bach Competition

August 1, 2022

Thornton Keyboard Studies Department doctoral student Katelyn Vahala (’18, MM ’21) was named a Bach prize winner in piano at the 2022 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition held July 12-23 in Leipzig, Germany.


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In memoriam: Vincent DeRosa

July 28, 2022

The esteemed musician, who died at 101, set a playing standard that continues today.


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Anni Hochhalter releases album with WindSync

July 28, 2022

French horn performance alumna and international chamber musician Anni Hochhalter (’05) released the album “All Worlds, All Times” with the wind quintet WindSync on the New York label Bright Shiny Things on April 29.


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Meet The New Faculty: Paul Jackson, Jr.

July 26, 2022

As part of a new series this spring, USC Thornton recognizes Paul Jackson, Jr.’s new position as an assistant professor of practice.


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H. Robert Reynolds conducts works by Frank Ticheli and Giovanni Santos at Boston University Tanglewood Institute

July 25, 2022

On July 31, former principal conductor of the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble H. Robert Reynolds conducts works by USC Thornton Professor of Composition Frank Ticheli and Thornton alumnus Giovanni Santos (MM ’07) at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.


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Thornton alumni garner 2022 Emmy nominations

July 22, 2022

Three USC Thornton alumni have been recognized with 2022 Emmy nominations. Music director and Thornton Jazz Studies Department alumnus Eli Brueggemann (MM ’03) was nominated for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on “Saturday Night Live.” Executive producer and Thornton Music Industry program alumnus Bobby Campbell (’08) received a nomination for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-recorded)… Continue reading Thornton alumni garner 2022 Emmy nominations


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Justin Klunk performs benefit show for nonprofit Asian American theater company

July 21, 2022

On July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles, Popular Music program alumnus and saxophonist Justin Klunk (’13) performs in Guide Me Home: A Smooth Jazz Benefit Show, with proceeds benefiting The Grateful Crane Ensemble, a southern California-based, nonprofit, Asian American theater company.