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Gloria Cheng releases album in tribute to Steven Stucky

October 17, 2018

Pianist Gloria Cheng (DMA ’91), an alumna of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, recently released an album in tribute to the late composer Steven Stucky, who passed away in 2016. Garlands for Steven Stucky features 24 short works by composers who knew Stucky, personally, including Thornton Composition chair Donald Crockett, a long-time friend of […]


Composer Jaco Wong collaborates with animation artist

October 15, 2018

Composer and conductor Jaco Wong (MM ’16, Choral and Composition) was commissioned by animation artist Evan Tedlock to compose Psithaura, a ritualized experience inspiring reflection on our relationship to nature, for 16-part mixed chorus. The work was premiered in April, 2018, in an interactive installation exhibited at the USC Firehouse art gallery, then was later […]


Dana Gioia collaborates with Helen Sung on jazz album

October 11, 2018

Dana Gioia, USC Thornton Arts Leadership and Musicology faculty member, recently collaborated with jazz pianist Helen Sung on a new album, Sung with Words, which was released in September. Gioia, a Poet Laureate of California, wrote the lyrics for Sung’s original songs, many of which feature spoken word introductions. close


Accepting applications for the Kerže Scholarship

October 10, 2018

The American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF) recently announced the 2019 Kerže Scholarship fund for Slovenian music students at USC Thornton. The scholarships give Slovenian students the opportunity to travel to the U.S. to study at Thornton while enabling research and innovation between the two countries. Five students are currently benefiting from these scholarship funds, including […]


Alum John Storie records with Jeff Goldblum jazz orchestra

October 9, 2018

Guitarist and USC Thornton alumnus John Storie (BM ’06, Studio Guitar) is featured on the forthcoming album, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, which will be released November 9th. The 14-track album by the well-known actor and part-time jazz pianist Goldblum, includes appearances by Haley Reinhart, Till Bronner, Imelda May, and comedian Sarah Silverman. […]


Jenny Wong conducts the LA Master Chorale on tour

October 8, 2018

Jenny Wong, an alumna of the USC Thornton Choral Music program and associate conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), was warmly reviewed for her conducting of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrine di San Pietro at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia. The Renaissance madrigal cycle, which the LAMC is currently touring in an […]


Juan Pablo Contreras premieres new work with LACO

October 4, 2018

Tonight, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will present the U.S. premiere of current doctoral student Juan Pablo Contreras’ harp concerto, Ángel Mestizo. The event, which begins at 8:00 pm at Hauser + Wirth in Downtown Los Angeles, is part of SESSION, a series in which LACO musicians collaborate with compelling composers in unique spaces.   […]


Ted Hearne earns strong NY Times review

October 3, 2018

The Crossing, a Philadelphia-based choral ensemble focusing on contemporary music, recently premiered a new work by composer and USC Thornon faculty member Ted Hearne, at the Park Avenue Armory. Hearne’s Animals, which incorporated a brief text by President Donald Trump about illegal immigrants, was one of ten works on patriotism and war, environmental depredation, and […]


Music Industry students go behind the scenes at The Greek

October 3, 2018

USC Thornton Music Industry students recently had the opportunity to witness a full-scale pop tour in action, going backstage for Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at LA’s Greek Theatre. Organized by faculty member and veteran music manager Trudy Green for her Live Touring Strategy class (MUIN 515), students learned about the load-in and […]


Thomas Mellan presents Ukrainian premiere of Messiaen organ work

October 2, 2018

Thomas Mellan (BM ’17), who is currently double majoring in Organ Studies and Composition at USC Thornton, recently undertook a Summer concert tour of France and the Ukraine, performing in spectacular churches and festival venues, including Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye and Saint-Martin d’Esquermes. In Lviv, Ukraine, Mellan presented a series of three concerts at the Lviv Organ Hall, […]


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