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Peter Erskine quoted in LA Times article about “La La Land”

March 24, 2017

Peter Erskine, legendary jazz drummer and director of Drumset Studies at USC Thornton, was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times article about his work as a session musician for the award-winning film, La La Land. The film explores a musician’s crisis of conscience about performing music simply to earn a paycheck. “I look at […]


Jo-Michael Scheibe authors “Teaching Music through Performance in Choir”

March 23, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music chair Jo-Michael Scheibe (DMA ’85) is the editor and author of the 4th volume of GIA Publications’ Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir. In it, Scheibe discusses the importance of consonants in choral music and the shaping of healthy, vibrant tones. The volume, which was recently released at the […]


Choral Music alumna combines music and neuroscience to treat Parkinson’s

March 22, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music alumna Bronte Ficek (’15, Choral Music) explores the effects of group singing on patients with Parkinson’s Disease in her work as a clinical neuroscience researcher at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. As part of her research, Ficek acts as assistant and accompanist for the Parkisonics, a choir for […]


Julia Adolphe premieres new work with LACO

March 21, 2017

Julia Adolphe (MM ’12, composition), a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Composition program, premiered a new work with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) last week as part of the ensemble’s Sound Investment commission series. The 13-minute piece, Shiver and Bloom, which the Los Angeles Times described “beautifully scored,” was conducted by LACO music […]


Choral alumnus David Means leads South Texas choir

March 20, 2017

USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music alumnus David Means (DMA ’97, choral music) is the founder of the Valley Choral Artists, South Texas’s first semi-professional chamber choir. He formed the ensemble in 2013 after he was appointed Director of Choral Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Following a highly successful 2015 performance […]


Strong USC Thornton showing in LA Phil’s 2017-18 season

March 17, 2017

The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) recently announced its 2017-18 concert season, which includes featured performances by numerous USC Thornton faculty and alumni. In December, the Calder Quartet, which includes Thornton alumni Benjamin Jacobson (BM’01, MM’07, violin), Andrew Bulbrook (BM ’02, violin), Jonathan Moerschel (BM ’01, MM ’03, viola) and Eric Byers (BM ’03, cello), […]


Frank Potenza to be honored in native Rhode Island

March 16, 2017

Frank Potenza, a member of USC Thornton’s Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. The Providence native lived in Rhode Island until the 1980’s and formerly taught at the Rhode Island School of Music. Potenza, who is an active performer, composer and arranger, has released 9 solo albums […]


Grant Gershon to conduct Hoffmann at LA Opera

March 16, 2017

USC Thornton alumnus and Board of Councilors member Grant Gershon (’85, piano) will conduct LA Opera’s production of The Tales of Hoffmann on April 6th. Gershon, Resident Conductor and a long-time Chorus Master of the company, will step in for LA Opera’s General Director Plácido Domingo, who will be conducting the remainder of the production’s […]


Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program strongly represented at ACDA conference

March 15, 2017

Irene Apanovitch, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, recently took the podium as a semi-finalist at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Graduate Choral Conducting Competition. One of only eight conductors selected for this honor, Apanovitch currently serves as the Teaching Assistant and lead conductor for Thornton’s Oriana Women’s […]


Cynthia Phelps presents all-French trio program

March 14, 2017

Violist and USC Thornton alumna Cynthia Phelps recently performed with the Les Amies Trio for the San Antonio Chamber Music Society’s 74th season. The Trio, which included harpist Nancy Allen and flutist Carol Wincec, presented an all-French program, including Jacques Ibert’s Deux Interludes suivi de Carillon and Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio, as well as works […]


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