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Grant Gershon pens KCET article about equity in the arts

August 6, 2020

USC Thornton alum Grant Gershon (BM ‘85), artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, recently penned an article for KCET about how artists and arts organizations can do more to make the arts accessible and equitable. “I believe that the single most important thing that arts organizations must do now is lift up a […]


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Angela McPhee awarded inaugural scholarship from Association of Independent Music Publishers

August 5, 2020

USC Thornton student Angela McPhee, a senior in the Music Industry program, has been awarded the inaugural Linda Komorsky Liker AIMP Scholarship Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP). The award seeks to support music business students as they pursue impactful careers in the music industry. “Angela’s outstanding […]


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Sara Gazarek interviewed for LondonJazz News

August 5, 2020

Jazz Studies faculty member Sara Gazarek was recently interviewed for LondonJazz News. In the interview, Gazarek answers questions about her current influences, her new vocal quartet, säje, and how she has felt as a musician during the pandemic. “Honestly, right now feels incredibly important,” she says. “Not just for me, but for the world – […]


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Juan Pablo Contreras appears on Trilloquy podcast with Garrett McQueen

July 30, 2020

Juan Pablo Contreras, Latin GRAMMY-nominated composer and a doctoral student in the Composition program, is a guest on the latest episode of Trilloquy, a podcast hosted by USC Thornton alum Garrett McQueen (MM ’12). On Trilloquy, McQueen hosts conversations about challenging the status quo and addressing inequities in classical music. In his interview with McQueen, […]


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USC Thornton faculty and alumni nominated for Emmy Awards

July 28, 2020

USC Thornton faculty and alumni were nominated in the 72nd Emmy Awards, announced on July 28. Laura Karpman, a faculty member in the celebrated Screen Scoring program, received two nominations for her work on the Discovery Channel’s “Why We Hate.” Karpman was nominated in the categories of Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding […]


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Classical Guitar students and alumni launch Guitarlab online learning platform

July 27, 2020

A group of entrepreneurial alumni and students of USC Thornton’s Classical Guitar program have launched Guitarlab, a new international online classical guitar intensive and competition for guitarists ages 12-21. Alumni Bokyung Byun (DMA ’20), Tomasz Fechner (MM ’16, DMA ’20), and Jaxon Williams (DMA ’20) along with doctoral students Mircea Gogoncea and Brendon Grabowski built […]


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Twelve Thornton students and alumni among winners of 2020-2021 Beverly Hills National Auditions

July 26, 2020

Winners of the 2020-2021 Beverly Hills National Auditions (BHNA) were recently announced, and among them are a long list of 12 students and alumni of USC Thornton. Each year, the BHNA selects winners to be presented the following season in a series of monthly concerts across Southern California. In consideration of restrictions on in-person events, […]


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Thornton alumni to appear in Comic-Con@Home online game show

July 24, 2020

Sunday, July 26, three USC Thornton alumni will appear on a panel event for this year’s online-only Comic-Con, Comic-Con@Home. The live online event is a game show-style panel called Composer Squares Game Show, in the style of Hollywood Squares, and will feature alumni composers Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ’12), Christopher Lennertz (BM ’95), and Giona Ostinelli […]


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Students to perform work by Juhi Bansal in LA Opera educational program

July 23, 2020

Los Angeles area students will learn and perform an opera by Composition alum Juhi Bansal (BM ’06, MM ’08, DMA ’12) in the upcoming season of LA Opera’s Secondary In-School Opera program. The remote workshops are an opportunity for students to sharpen their theatrical skills with a contemporary work. Bansal’s opera, “Enchantress of Numbers,” explores […]


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USC Thornton’s Concerto Chamber Orchestra presents The Carnival of the Animals

July 23, 2020

USC Thornton’s Concerto Chamber Orchestra, a student-run ensemble, is presenting a 14-day summer festival featuring a virtual performance of “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns. Between July 18-31, the ensemble will release a movement each day, culminating in a livestream of the full piece on July 31 at 6:00 pm (PST). The project […]


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