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USC Thornton members involved in new publication, “The Cambridge Companion to Krautrock”

November 30, 2022

Multiple USC Thornton members are authors in the academic publication, “The Cambridge Companion to Krautrock.” The publication, released on Oct. 20, is an introduction and analysis of the Krautrock movement in German music of the 1960s and 1970s. Musicology faculty member Sean C. Nye and keyboard studies graduate student Michael Krikorian co-authored the article “Tangerine… Continue reading USC Thornton members involved in new publication, “The Cambridge Companion to Krautrock”


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Ludwig Göransson co-writes lead single of “Black Panther” film sequel

November 28, 2022

“Lift Me Up,” recorded by singer Rihanna, is the lead single of Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The track—written by USC Thornton screen scoring program alum Ludwig Göransson, artists Tems and Rihanna and the film’s director Ryan Coogler—is a tribute to the life and legacy of actor Chadwick Boseman. It releases in advance of the… Continue reading Ludwig Göransson co-writes lead single of “Black Panther” film sequel


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Pardy Minassian finds lost songs in Shoah Foundation archive

November 23, 2022

USC Thornton Classical Guitar program graduate certificate alumna Pardy Minassian was featured on USC Shoah Foundation’s website for discovery of lost Armenian testimonies and songs from the Armenian Genocide. Last year, the Armenian guitarist was awarded a project grant from the Calouste Gyukbenkian Foundation for her multimedia series focused on unpublished Armenian folk songs that… Continue reading Pardy Minassian finds lost songs in Shoah Foundation archive


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“Difficult Grace” by Seth Parker Woods named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times

November 22, 2022

“Difficult Grace,” by USC Thornton strings department faculty member Seth Parker Woods, has been named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times. An evening-long multimedia program at the 92nd Street Y’s Kaufmann Concert Hall, the performance featured Woods performing a series of works with the choreographer and dancer Roderick George. “Woods was already a cellist of… Continue reading “Difficult Grace” by Seth Parker Woods named a Critic’s Pick by The New York Times


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Kyra Stahr to present at California All-State Music Education Conference

November 21, 2022

Thornton Department of Choral & Sacred Music master’s student Kyra Stahr (MM ‘23) has been selected to present in two sessions at the California All-State Music Education Conference February 15-19, 2023 in Fresno, California. The sessions are titled “Programming with Purpose: Repertoire to Support the Developing Secondary Choral Program” and “Bridging the Gap: Creating an… Continue reading Kyra Stahr to present at California All-State Music Education Conference


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Chanda Dancy to compose score for upcoming film “Devotion”

November 18, 2022

USC Thornton Screen Scoring program alumna Chanda Dancy (GRCT ‘04) will compose the score for upcoming film “Devotion.” The film is based on a book of the same name by Adam Makos about the first black aviator pilot in the Navy during the Korean War. Dancy is an accomplished film and TV composer known for… Continue reading Chanda Dancy to compose score for upcoming film “Devotion”


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Seth Parker Woods announces world premiere of multimedia concert tour “Difficult Grace”

November 16, 2022

USC Thornton strings department faculty member and cellist Seth Parker Woods has announced the world premiere of his multimedia concert, “Difficult Grace,” which features film, spoken text, visual artwork and original choreography by Roderick George. According to Broadway World, the performance will premiere at 92NY’s Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York City on Nov. 19… Continue reading Seth Parker Woods announces world premiere of multimedia concert tour “Difficult Grace”


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Antoinette Perry releases CD “Moments Musicaux”

November 14, 2022

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member Antoinette Perry released “Moments Musicaux” on Navona Records in July. The album of solo piano music, which was recorded live in USC Thornton’s Newman Recital Hall, features a blend of German, Austrian, Russian and American music.


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Rina Seo premiers composition at Carnegie Hall

November 11, 2022

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program alumna Rina Seo (DMA ‘19) performed her Carnegie Hall debut as a composer, conductor and pianist in collaboration with the Elite Chorus on Oct. 8. She conducted her choral composition “Now” and the English premiere of “Death Will Be Vanquished.”


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Jensen McRae discusses inspiration and collaboration

November 9, 2022

Oct. 19, MTV published a profile of USC Thornton popular music program alumna Jensen McRae. The site mentioned Jensen’s recent sold-out opening performances in New York’s Rockwood Music Hall for singer Amos Lee, as well as the literary roots and collaborative perspective of Jensen’s music. “If I’m having writer’s block in one area, focusing on… Continue reading Jensen McRae discusses inspiration and collaboration