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Richard Wolf

Richard Wolf publishes new book

April 18, 2019

Emmy Award-winning producer and USC Thornton Music Industry faculty member Richard Wolf recently released a new book, In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness.  The book is a guide to how one can build a lifelong appreciation of meditation through twelve skills and sensibilities refined in musical practice that carry over to meditation and […]


Andrew Harley

Andrew Harley appointed Director of Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at Eastman

April 18, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Andrew Harley (DMA ’97) recently was appointed the Director of Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at Eastman School of Music. After earning degrees at Oxford University and the Royal Northern College of Music, Harley arrived at USC to study piano with USC Thornton Professor Emeritus John Perry. While on campus he also […]


Echo Wang

Echo Wang showcased in Emerging Artist Concert for Verde Valley Sinfonietta

April 17, 2019

The Verde Valley Sinfonietta showcased pianist and USC Thornton Keyboard Studies student Echo Wang in its annual Emerging Artists Concert earlier this month in Sedona, Ariz. Wang performed Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Kozacek.


Celka Ojakangas wins grant from Opera America

April 16, 2019

Celka Ojakangas, a DMA candidate in Composition, was one of eight recipients of Opera America’s 2019 Opera Grant for Female Composers. This grant will go towards her opera Mirror Game which examines issues of gender bias through the journey of an ambitious female video game designer. Celka and her librettist, Amy Punt, initially workshopped the […]


Michael Abels

Michael Abels lauded for score of Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

April 16, 2019

Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Michael Abels ’84 was recently profiled on NPR for his score of Jordan Peele’s new horror movie, Us. NPR praises Abel for balancing terror with empathy, and Peele claims it is Abels’ heart that makes him a great horror scorer. Abels and Peele first collaborated on the Oscar-winning 2017 film Get […]


Festival of Books

USC Thornton musicians take the stage at the 2019 LA Times Festival of Books

April 12, 2019

Over 150,000 Angelenos will make their way to USC’s University Park campus this weekend for the annual LA Times Festival of Books. The two-day festival, taking place April 13-14, is a world-renowned gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers. As part of the programming, attendees will watch an impressive lineup of USC […]


Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia inducted to Hawthorne Hall of Fame

April 10, 2019

Dana Gioia, the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC who teaches in USC Thornton’s Arts Leadership and Musicology programs, is a 2019 inductee to the Hawthorne Hall of Fame. A native of Hawthorne, Calif., the renowned poet has received many honors during his career, including being named the Poet Laureate of […]


Sarah Gibson

Sarah Gibson wins Left Coast Composition Contest

April 10, 2019

USC Thornton Composition faculty member Sarah Gibson has just been announced as the winner of the 2019 Left Coast Competition Contest for her composition I prefer living in color. As part of the grand prize, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble will perform the piece during their 2019-20 season. Gibson wrote I prefer living in color […]


Saad Haddad

Saad Haddad chosen as New Young Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence

April 9, 2019

Last month, Young Concert Artists (YCA) announced USC Thornton Composition alumnus Saad Haddad ’14 as the 2019-2021 Young Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence. As the 12th composer to receive this honor, Haddad will receive management services, publicity and two Young Concert Artist commissions that will premiere at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center in […]


Laura Karpman

Laura Karpman calls for more female composers in music and film industry

April 8, 2019

Laura Karpman, a USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, was featured in Billboard’s article “How Female Composers are Pushing the Boundaries to Change the Music and Film Industry.” The piece focused on a panel discussion on how to increase the number of female composers in the film industry, hosted by the Women in Film advocacy […]


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