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Alumna Michelle Tseng joins the LA Phil

August 18, 2017

Violinist Michelle Tseng (’13, GCRT ’17), an alumna of the USC Thornton Strings program, recently joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) as a Second Violin. She has performed as a soloist with the Torrance, Downey, Peninsula, South Coast, USC, and Rio Hondo Symphonies and served as concertmaster under conductors David Robertson, Alan Gilbert, and […]


Daniel Gee joins Lilly Graduate Fellow cohort

August 15, 2017

Daniel Gee (MM ’15), a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Choral Music program, has been accepted as a Lilly Graduate Fellow. The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which includes doctoral students from USC, Yale, Fordham University, among others, hosts conferences and colloquia discussing pedagogical questions in art, music, literature, philosophy, and […]


Oxford University Press releases Stewart Gordon’s new book

August 11, 2017

“Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas: A Handbook for Performers,” a book by USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Stewart Gordon, was recently published by the Oxford University Press. The book provides historical context, as well as important conceptual and interpretive information, for each of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas. A well-known pianist, composer, and author, Gordon has […]


Troy Quinn named music director of Owensboro Symphony

August 7, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music alumnus Troy Quinn (DMA ’13) was recently named Music Director of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Owensboro, Kentucky. Quinn, who is also Music Director of Alaska’s Juneau Symphony, will begin his three-year term on October 28th with a performance of Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Brahms’ Fourth Symphony.


Composition alumnus wins two prestigious awards

August 2, 2017

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Eric Guinivan (MM ’08, DMA ’11) recently received a commission from Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation, as well as the Andrew Imbrie Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for “a composer of demonstrated artistic merit in mid-career.” An accomplished composer and GRAMMY Award-nominated percussionist, Guinivan’s work has been […]


Alumnus Andrew DeWitt nominated for Sports Emmy

July 26, 2017

Andrew DeWitt (BS ’06, music industry) was nominated in the category of Outstanding Music Direction at the 38th Annual Sports Emmy Awards for his work as Music Director on the American Experience documentary film “The Boys of ’36.” The film aired on PBS in August 2016 and is now available for streaming on Netflix.


In Memoriam: Daniel Lewis, longtime leader of the USC Thornton Symphony

July 17, 2017

Daniel Lewis, Emeritus Professor of the USC Thornton School of Music, longtime conductor of the USC Thornton Symphony and former director of Conducting Studies, has recently passed away. He was 92. Lewis was raised in the La Mesa/San Diego area. While stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii during his stint in the U.S. Navy in World War […]


Andrew Norman premieres new children’s opera with Berlin Philharmoniker

July 11, 2017

Composer Andrew Norman, a USC Thornton faculty member who has emerged as one of the most distinctive musical voices of his generation, recently premiered a new children’s opera with the renowned Berlin Philharmoniker Orchestra. A Trip to the Moon opened June 17 under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, with help from the Vocal Heroes […]


Jenny Wong takes interim post at All Saints Church

July 7, 2017

Jenny Wong (MM ’13, choral), a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has been named Interim Director of Music at All Saints Church in Pasadena. She adds this to her role as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. A native of Hong Kong, Wong began conducting in 2009 […]


The Los Angeles Times draws musical parallels between Los Angeles and Berlin

July 5, 2017

The musical vitality of Los Angeles takes center stage in a recent Los Angeles Times article by music critic Mark Swed, which juxtaposes the city’s artistic dynamism with that of the more established metropolis of Berlin. Surveying the German capital’s three major opera companies and the venerable Berlin Philharmonic, Swed drew parallels to several Los […]


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