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Jessica Hall serves as pianist and coach at Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland

November 6, 2018

Pianist and USC Thornton Keyboard Collaborative Arts alumna Jessica Hall (MM ’09, GC ’11, DMA ’14) has recently served as the principal coach and orchestral pianist for William Bolcom’s opera, Dinner at Eight, at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland. Hall has been involved with the piece since 2016, when it was workshopped at the […]


Keyboard Studies students honored at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers conference

November 1, 2018

Students and alumni of USC Thornton’s Keyboard Studies program recently enjoyed an excellent showing at the 50th annual California Association of Professional Music Teachers’ (CAPMT) state conference in Torrance. DMA candidate Daniel Linder won the award for Article of the Year in CAPMT Connect, the organization’s official peer-reviewed journal, for “A Multisensory Approach to Memorization,” […]


YuEun Kim and Sung Chang take 2nd Prize at Boulder duo competition

October 30, 2018

Violinist YuEun Kim (GCRT ’15, ARTD ’17) and pianist Sung Chang (GCRT ’17), have been jointly awarded 2nd prize at the Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado. The USC Thornton alumni performed the 2nd movement of Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 Enjoy a video of their winning performance below: Kim, […]


Morten Lauridsen receives 2018 Half Century Trojans Hall of Fame Award

October 26, 2018

On Tuesday, October 23rd, noted composer and USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen was one of six alumni to receive the Half Century Trojans Hall of Fame Award from the USC Alumni Association. The Hall of Fame awards are given each year to alumni who graduated 50+ years ago and exemplify the ideals of the Trojan […]


Cellist Marek Szpakiewicz tours Japan to support Fukushima earthquake victims

October 24, 2018

Cellist and USC Thornton alumnus Marek Szpakiewicz (DMA ’08), is currently undertaking a two-week performance tour of Japan to support children in the disaster-ravaged region of Fukushima, where an earthquake and tsunami set off a nuclear accident in 2011. Szpakiewicz, who serves as director of String Studies and Chamber Music at Azusa Pacific University, has […]


Grant Gershon warmly reviewed for work with LA Master Chorale and LA Opera

October 23, 2018

USC Thornton alumnus Grant Gershon (’85, piano), artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, recently launched the ensemble’s 2018-19 season on September 22 with a performance of Shawn Kirchner’s Songs of Ascent, featuring baritone and faculty member, Rod Gilfry, and faculty harpist JoAnn Turovsky as soloists. Gershon is currently conducting the LA Opera’s production […]


Four Thornton violinists join the Long Beach Symphony

October 22, 2018

The Long Beach Symphony recently welcomed four new violinists to its roster of musicians, all of whom are USC Thornton students or alumni. Chloe Chiu (GCRT ’15) joins the ensemble’s First Violin section, while YuEun Kim (GCRT ’15, ARTD ’17), Sakura Tsai (MM ’07, GCRT ’09, DMA ’13), and current Los Angeles Orchestra Fellow Sydney […]


Hank Mou appointed Associate Dean at New England Conservatory

October 18, 2018

Hank Mou (BM ’06, double bass), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Strings program, has been appointed Associate Dean for Artistic Administration at the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts. Mou, who teaches double bass for the NEC’s Preparatory & Continuing Education program, also serves as managing director for the New York City-based East […]


Gloria Cheng releases album in tribute to Steven Stucky

October 17, 2018

Pianist Gloria Cheng (DMA ’91), an alumna of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, recently released an album in tribute to the late composer Steven Stucky, who passed away in 2016. Garlands for Steven Stucky features 24 short works by composers who knew Stucky, personally, including Thornton Composition chair Donald Crockett, a long-time friend of […]


Composer Jaco Wong collaborates with animation artist

October 15, 2018

Composer and conductor Jaco Wong (MM ’16, Choral and Composition) was commissioned by animation artist Evan Tedlock to compose Psithaura, a ritualized experience inspiring reflection on our relationship to nature, for 16-part mixed chorus. The work was premiered in April, 2018, in an interactive installation exhibited at the USC Firehouse art gallery, then was later […]


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