Alumni News

Daniel Weidlein to release new jazz album

June 6, 2018

Composer, saxophonist, and producer Daniel Weidlein (BM ’12), a USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus, will release his debut album, Fire in the Sky, on June 22nd. A preview single, The Red Line Suite, is now available for purchase. Weidlein will present a special album release concert at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles on June […]


Alumnus Ross Golan releases podcast recorded at Thornton

June 4, 2018

And The Writer Is…, a podcast by multi-platinum songwriter and USC Thornton alumnus Ross Golan (BM ’01, Music Industry), recently released an episode recorded at a Spring 2018 Popular Music Forum, featuring Thornton students and vice dean Chris Sampson. The podcast’s featured guest, GRAMMY-nominated producer Joe London, has released hit singles with Pitbull, Jason Derulo, […]


Daedelus releases new album

June 1, 2018

Electronic musician and USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Alfred Darlington (’00), known professionally as Daedelus, has released his 19th studio album, Taut, and will embark on a European and American tour through the end of July. The Barcelona Sónar Festival recently asked the artist to compose a 10-second, interstellar audio track to communicate with a […]


Students, faculty, and alumni featured in Mozart summer festivals

May 31, 2018

USC Thornton students, faculty, and alumni will be featured in Mozart festivals on both coasts this summer. Beginning June 1st, the Mainly Mozart Festival takes over venues across San Diego County for its 30th anniversary season. On June 7th, Martin Chalifour, Thornton faculty member and concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, teams with classical guitarist […]


Sarah Gibson receives LACO Sound Investment commission

May 31, 2018

Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15), a USC Thornton alumna and a member of the school’s Composition faculty, has been selected as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Sound Investment composer for the 2018-19 season. Previous recipients of Sound Investment commissions include Ted Hearne, Matthew Aucoin, Ellen Reid, and Andrew Norman, now LACO’s creative advisor & composer-in-residence. […]


Molly Miller pens article for Premier Guitar

May 30, 2018

A sought-after Los Angeles guitarist, USC Thornton Studio Guitar alumna Molly Miller (BM ’11, DMA ’16) was recently published in Premier Guitar, in the first article of an ongoing series. Her piece, entitled “Dr. Molly’s Guitar Lab: The Badass Riffs of Sister Rosetta Tharpe,” breaks down the compositional patterns behind the “Original Soul Sister’s” distinctive […]


Alumnus J.G. Miller premieres new U.S. Cyber Command march

May 23, 2018

USC Thornton alumnus, Staff Sergeant J.G. Miller (DMA ’13, Horn), was recently invited to compose a new march for the U.S. Cyber Command, which was premiered on May 4th by the United States Army Field Band in a ceremony at Fort Meade, Maryland. The march can be here in this video at 58:00. Miller is […]


Two Thornton Vocal Arts alumna lead Tulsa “Turandot”

May 17, 2018

Sopranos Jessica Rose Cambio (MM ’06) and Alexandra Loutsion (MM ’08), both graduates of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program, recently starred in the Tulsa Opera’s production of Turandot, which ran from April 27th-29th. Loutsion and Cambio portrayed Turandot and Liù, respectively, under the baton of conductor James Lowe. Cambio debuted the role […]


Alumnus Garrett McQueen becomes Classical 24 radio host

May 16, 2018

Garrett McQueen (MM ’12, Bassoon), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion program, recently joined the hosting team of Classical 24, a nationally-syndicated radio program produced by American Public Media and Public Radio International. McQueen, who formerly hosted “The Afternoon Concert” on Knoxville’s WUOT-FM, is also an accomplished musician, performing with the St. […]


Los Angeles premiere of Mark Weiser opera at Art Share L.A.

May 15, 2018

The Place Where You Started, a chamber opera by USC Thornton Composition faculty member Mark Weiser with a libretto by Amy S. Punt, will be performed in collaboration with the Helix Collective, May 17-19 at Art Share L.A. The multimedia work, Weiser’s fourth opera, explores tensions around race and class. His previous opera, Where Angels […]


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