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Dee Dee Panero Paakkari wins Grammy Signature Schools Grant

December 11, 2018

Dee Dee Panero Paakkari ’80, the director of the John Marshall High School music program in Los Angeles, was awarded a Grammy Signature Schools Grant for 2018-2020. The Music Education alum accepted the award after conducting her mandorchestra at a gala ceremony at the GRAMMY Museum in October. Since 1995, Paakkari has led the symphony […]


Judy Lewis gives keynote speech at music education conference in Norway

December 6, 2018

Judy Lewis, professor in the K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice program at USC Thornton, gave the keynote address at the National Conference of Music Teacher Educators in Norway this October. Lewis spoke about her work with urban minority children and popular music in a lecture entitled, “The act of listening: What twenty 10-year olds taught me […]


Andrew Norman featured in YCA Composer-in-Residence promo

December 6, 2018

Celebrated composer and USC Thornton professor, Andrew Norman, is featured in the promotion of the Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence Search. An alumnus and previous winner of the program in 2008, Norman is quoted as saying that “YCA changed my creative life and work, and they can change yours too!” Winners are awarded two $5,000 commissions […]


Screen Scoring tops ranking in The Hollywood Reporter for second year

December 5, 2018

USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program has once again topped The Hollywood Reporter’s annual poll of the “Top 25 Music Schools for Composing for Film and TV.” Last year, the report placed Thornton at #1. This year, the school has swapped positions with last year’s #2, Julliard, noting, “Running virtually neck-and-neck with Juilliard is USC.” “It’s […]


Andrew Harrison performs back-to-back concertos

December 4, 2018

Saxophone alumnus Andrew Harrison (DMA 15′) performed two back-to-back concertos last month at La Sierra University and Cerritos College. On November 10th, Harrison performed the premiere of Jim Stephenson’s Mobius Trip: Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Ensemble at La Sierra University in a concert conducted by alum Giovanni Santos (MM ’07). Three days later, on […]


Dale Trumbore wins ACDA’s Brock Competition for Professional Composers

November 29, 2018

Composition alumna, Dale Trumbore (MM, ’11), won the American Choral Directors Association’s first Raymond W. Brock Competition for Professional Composers for her composition In the Middle. The work will be performed by the Aeolians at the 2019 ACDA national conference in Kansas City in February with Jason Max Ferdinand conducting. Trumbore has been called “a […]


Zhengyi Bai selected as Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera

November 29, 2018

Tenor and USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumnus, Zhengyi Bai (GC ’18), was named a 2019 Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera. Bai was chosen along with nine other singers in this multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars as well as a wide range of performance opportunities.


Cherry Rhodes premieres work at 2018 Pipe Organ Festival

November 26, 2018

Professor of Organ Studies, Cherry Rhodes, gave the Asian premiere of a new organ work, “Chorale, Diferencias and Glosas on Puer Natus in Bethlehem,” that was written for her by Fr. Joseph Walter. The performance was part of the 2018 Pipe Organ Festival on Sept. 13 & 14 at Ewah Womans University, Seoul, Korea. In addition to […]


Thornton students host free community concerts

November 15, 2018

Rina Ritivoiu, a doctoral student in the Choral & Sacred Music program, created a free community concert series with musicians from Thornton that was featured in the Daily Trojan. As part of an assignment from her Arts Organization class with Professor Dana Gioia, Ritivoiu recruited 20 friends and peers to perform free concerts in communities […]


Eva Beneke appointed associate professor of guitar at Norwegian Academy of Music

November 12, 2018

Alumnus Eva Beneke (DMA ’12) has just been appointed associate professor of guitar at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. Beneke has been serving as a full-time professor on the faculty at McNallySmith College of Music in St. Paul Minnesota as well as the artistic director of Lowertown Classics, a chamber-music series.


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