Alumni News

New World Symphony to perform work by Jules Pegram

November 8, 2017

On Friday, November 17th, the New World Symphony (NWS) of Miami will perform “NEON NIGHTS” by USC Thornton alumnus Jules Pegram (BM ’13, Composition), as part of the annual PULSE event. The work, which the NWS describes as “a journey through a shimmering, cosmopolitan sound world, one that’s inspired by the hot, glittering neon of […]


USC Thornton #1 on Hollywood Reporter’s list of ‘Music Schools for Film and TV’

November 7, 2017

USC Thornton’s renowned Screen Scoring program has topped the Hollywood Reporter’s list of the “Top 25 Music Schools for Film and TV,” lauding the school’s conservatory approach and focus on music for contemporary media. The article, which points to Thornton alumnus Thomas Newman and faculty member and alumnus Bruce Broughton (’67) as success stories, quotes […]


The Kinetic Winds to be featured in Mammoth Lakes concert

November 2, 2017

The Kinetic Winds quintet, which includes five USC Thornton students, will be the featured ensemble at the Eastern Sierra Symphony’s fall concert in Mammoth Lakes on Saturday, November 4th. Led by bassoonist and GCRT candidate Amber Wyman (MM ’16), the quintet includes clarinetist and master’s student Sergio Coelho (GCRT ’16), oboist and DMA candidate Chris […]


Ryan Seacrest helps launch Popular Music alum Malia Civetz’ new single

October 30, 2017

Malia Civetz (BM ’16), an alumna of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, has released a new single, “Champagne Clouds,” which was debuted by Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM locally and on Sirius XM and iHeart radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The song was co-written with fellow Popular Music alumnus Nathan Fertig (BM […]


Marek Szpakiewicz appointed Director of String Studies at Azusa Pacific

October 27, 2017

Cellist and USC Thornton alumnus Marek Szpakiewicz (MM ’01, DMA ’08) has been appointed Director of String Studies at Azusa Pacific University’s School of Music. Szpakiewicz has been teaching cello and chamber music at APU since 2005 and has served as Director of Chamber Music since 2014. His students have won top prizes at numerous […]


Alum Ben Adelson makes Billboard’s “40 under 40” list of “Young Power Players”

October 25, 2017

USC Thornton Music Industry alumnus Ben Adelson (’09, Music Industry) recently made Billboard Magazine’s list of “40 under 40: Music’s Top Young Power Players Revealed.” Adelson, who is a Senior Vice President at Republic Records, led Cleveland-based blues-rockers Welshly Arms to generate 6.5 million U.S. streams of their single “Legendary,” and also nurtured singer-songwriter Noah […]


Argus Quartet wins prestigious Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

October 24, 2017

The Argus Quartet recently won first prize in the annual Concert Artists Guild’s Victor Elmaleh Competition. The quartet includes USC Thornton alumni Clara Kim (DM ’15, violin) and Jason Issokan (MM ’10, violin), along with violist Dana Kelley and cellist Jo Whang. Along with co-winner, pianist Dominic Cheli, the quartet will receive a cash prize […]


Thornton alumni create the Los Angeles Film Conductor’s Intensive

October 18, 2017

USC Thornton alumni David Newman (MM ’82, Violin) and Angel Velez (MA ’14, Music Education) have teamed to create the Los Angeles Film Conductor’s Intensive (LAFCI), a conductor training program designed for media composers. LAFCI hosts regular workshops and seminars to train artists in the nuances of conducting for film, television, and video game recording […]


Andrew Brownell takes piano position at UT-Austin

October 17, 2017

Andrew Brownell (MM ’03, Keyboard Studies) recently took the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Brownell tutored at the University of Cambridge for five years and taught at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Antwerp. He has worked with orchestras such as the Hallé […]


Guild of Music Supervisors conference held at USC

October 16, 2017

Last week, The Guild of Music Supervisors held its 3rd annual “State of Music in Media” conference at USC’s Bovard Auditorium, convening a series of panels featuring some of the brightest talents in the field. The event was organized with help from USC Thornton Music Industry chair Paul Young, and included music supervisors and show […]


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