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Thornton students and ensembles to shine at the 2018 Festival of Books

April 19, 2018

This weekend, an estimated 150,000 book-lovers will descend on the USC campus for the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 21 & 22. The massive event will feature books, film, art, comedy, photography, lots of food, and, of course, plenty of music. A host of USC Thornton student and alumni musicians will take […]


BMI to honor Laura Karpman with Champion Award

April 18, 2018

Laura Karpman, composer and USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, will receive the BMI Champion Award for her commitment to supporting fellow media composers through The Alliance of Women Film Composers. Karpman, who founded the organization in 2014, has received four Emmy Awards and most recently composed for the Amazon Prime series Mozart in the […]


Morten Lauridsen to receive honorary degree from Muhlenberg College

April 18, 2018

This spring, composer, USC Thornton faculty member, and National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen will receive an honorary doctorate from Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College. He has previously earned honorary degrees from Whitman College, Oklahoma State University, Westminster Choir College, and King’s College at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. At the May 18th ceremony in Allentown, […]


Ted Hearne a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music

April 17, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music. His politically-charged album, Sound from the Bench (Cantaloupe Music), was recorded with the Philadelphia-based Crossing Choir and explores subjects including the Iraq War, white privilege, and the Supreme Court’s “Citizen’s United” decision. In a review […]


Soprano Shana Blake Hill to perform with Verdi Chorus

April 16, 2018

USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumna Shana Blake Hill (MM ’12) will perform as a featured guest soloist in the Verdi Chorus’s 35th anniversary concert, “The Force of Destiny,” on April 28th and 29th. The Santa Monica-based ensemble is directed by Anne Marie Ketchum and the program will feature excepts from La Forza del Destino, Nabucco, […]


Rozzi is featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live

April 12, 2018

close USC Thornton Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live with her new single, “Never Over You.” The song will be featured on her new album, to be released by Columbia later this year. Rozzi, as she is known professionally, has previously performed alongside Kendrick Lamar and Maroon 5 and became […]


Ted Hearne brings “Katrina Ballads” to Australia

April 11, 2018

The Australian publication Broadsheet recently profiled Katrina Ballads by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne, ahead of the work’s performance debut as part of the 2018 Perth Festival. Hearne’s series of ballads explores the social and physical destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina, primarily in the aftermath of government inaction that contributed to a […]


New World Symphony hosts Network Performing Arts Production Workshop (NPAPWS)

April 10, 2018

Registration is now open for the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop, an annual event hosted by the New World Symphony (NWS) in Miami Beach Florida. Taking place from April 24-26th, the conference enables performing artists, academic administrators, faculty, technology developers, administration and staff from performing arts venues to learn about new technologies for art instruction, […]


Dana Gioia wins Poets’ Prize

April 9, 2018

Dana Gioia, USC Thornton Arts Leadership and Musicology faculty member and Poet Laureate of California, recently won the Poets’ Prize for his retrospective, 99 Poems, which was published in 2016. The Poets’ Prize recognizes a book published by a living American poet each year. Gioia, who served as the chairman of the National Endowment for […]


Adan Fernandez studies the musicological and theological aspects of hymns

April 6, 2018

Adan Fernandez, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has recently presented at several conferences on the musicological and theological dimensions of religious hymns, including the Eureka Musical Minds Conference at CSU Fullerton, the Hymn Society Conference in Waterloo, Canada, and the American Academy of Religion Western Conference. Fernandez’ articles, […]


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