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Doyoung Park wins first prize at the 2022 New York International Classical Music Competition

August 8, 2022

Thornton Keyboard Studies program master’s student and pianist Doyoung Park won first prize at the 2022 New York International Classical Music Competition in the solo music category for musicians ages 19-29.


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Daniel Gee named music director of Santa Barbara Youth Symphony

August 4, 2022

Choral & sacred music alumnus Daniel Gee (MM ’15, DMA ’20) was named music director of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony. Gee also serves as the director of choral activities and an assistant professor of music at Westmont College in Montecito, California.


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Katelyn Vahala named a prize winner at 2022 International Bach Competition

August 1, 2022

Thornton Keyboard Studies Department doctoral student Katelyn Vahala (’18, MM ’21) was named a Bach prize winner in piano at the 2022 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition held July 12-23 in Leipzig, Germany.


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Anni Hochhalter releases album with WindSync

July 28, 2022

French horn performance alumna and international chamber musician Anni Hochhalter (’05) released the album “All Worlds, All Times” with the wind quintet WindSync on the New York label Bright Shiny Things on April 29.


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H. Robert Reynolds conducts works by Frank Ticheli and Giovanni Santos at Boston University Tanglewood Institute

July 25, 2022

On July 31, former principal conductor of the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble H. Robert Reynolds conducts works by USC Thornton Professor of Composition Frank Ticheli and Thornton alumnus Giovanni Santos (MM ’07) at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.


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Thornton alumni garner 2022 Emmy nominations

July 22, 2022

Three USC Thornton alumni have been recognized with 2022 Emmy nominations. Music director and Thornton Jazz Studies Department alumnus Eli Brueggemann (MM ’03) was nominated for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on “Saturday Night Live.” Executive producer and Thornton Music Industry program alumnus Bobby Campbell (’08) received a nomination for Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-recorded)… Continue reading Thornton alumni garner 2022 Emmy nominations


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Justin Klunk performs benefit show for nonprofit Asian American theater company

July 21, 2022

On July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles, Popular Music program alumnus and saxophonist Justin Klunk (’13) performs in Guide Me Home: A Smooth Jazz Benefit Show, with proceeds benefiting The Grateful Crane Ensemble, a southern California-based, nonprofit, Asian American theater company.


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Nate Sloan featured on BBC’s The Inquiry

July 20, 2022

Assistant Professor of Musicology Nate Sloan was featured as an expert source in a new episode of BBC’s podcast The Inquiry: “Is Spotify Killing The Music Industry?”


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Garrett McQueen named American Composers Orchestra’s director of artist equity

July 18, 2022

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has appointed bassoonist, radio host and USC Thornton alum Garrett McQueen (MM ’12) as its new director of artist equity. According to a press release, McQueen will “play an essential role in the documentation, evaluation and dissemination of ACO’s 40-year history of composer discovery and development, driving composer advancement and programming… Continue reading Garrett McQueen named American Composers Orchestra’s director of artist equity


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Billy Childs premieres violin concerto at Grant Park Music Festival

July 12, 2022

​​GRAMMY Award-winning artist and Thornton alumnus Billy Childs (’79) premieres his Violin Concerto No. 2 at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago on July 15-16. The piece will be performed by the festival’s Project Inclusions String Quartet and features acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine as a soloist. Grant Park Music Festival co-commissioned the composition,… Continue reading Billy Childs premieres violin concerto at Grant Park Music Festival