Alumni News

Morten Lauridsen to receive honorary degree from Muhlenberg College

April 18, 2018

This spring, composer, USC Thornton faculty member, and National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen will receive an honorary doctorate from Pennsylvania’s Muhlenberg College. He has previously earned honorary degrees from Whitman College, Oklahoma State University, Westminster Choir College, and King’s College at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. At the May 18th ceremony in Allentown, […]


Soprano Shana Blake Hill to perform with Verdi Chorus

April 16, 2018

USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumna Shana Blake Hill (MM ’12) will perform as a featured guest soloist in the Verdi Chorus’s 35th anniversary concert, “The Force of Destiny,” on April 28th and 29th. The Santa Monica-based ensemble is directed by Anne Marie Ketchum and the program will feature excepts from La Forza del Destino, Nabucco, […]


Rozzi is featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live

April 12, 2018

close USC Thornton Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live with her new single, “Never Over You.” The song will be featured on her new album, to be released by Columbia later this year. Rozzi, as she is known professionally, has previously performed alongside Kendrick Lamar and Maroon 5 and became […]


Thornton alumni form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra

April 5, 2018

Violinist and USC Thornton alumnus Etienne Gara has recently teamed with a number of Thornton alumni to form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble focused on music from the Baroque through the contemporary. The group’s roster includes violinists Mishkar Núñez-Fredell (MM ’09, DMA ’17), Yu-Eun Kim (GCRT ’17), and Sun Jung Lee (DMA […]


Vocal Arts alumna receives National Institutes of Health research grant

March 30, 2018

Dr. Reyna Gordon (BM ’01), an alumna of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts program, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to expand her research on “Mapping the Genetic and Neural Architecture of Human Rhythm and Communication Traits.” Gordon, who is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Psychology and Director of the […]


Philip Marten appointed Assistant Concertmaster in Cincinnati

March 29, 2018

Violinist Philip Marten, a former student of USC Thornton Strings faculty member Glenn Dicterow, has been appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Marten currently performs as a first violin with the Kansas City Symphony and previously served as concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony.


Anna Lenhart earns principal horn position

March 15, 2018

USC Thornton Winds & Percussion alumna Anna Lenhart (MM ’17) recently won the position of principal horn with the Hawaii Symphony. During her studies at USC, Lenhart was a member of the Scholarship Woodwind Quintet and also participated in the Music Academy of the West Orchestra, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Debut Orchestra, the […]


Francisco Fullana releases debut album

March 14, 2018

Violinist and USC Thornton alumnus Francisco Fullana (GCRT ’15) has released a debut album, “Through the Lens of Time,” recorded with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Carlos Izcaray. The album is centered on Max Richter’s contemporary reworking of Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons and also includes works by Schnittke, Salvador Brotons, […]


This Sunday, join in a 75th birthday celebration of Morten Lauridsen

March 2, 2018

Composer, USC Thornton faculty member, and National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen will celebrate his 75th birthday with a special concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Glendale on Sunday, March 4th. The celebration will feature the Donald Brinegar Singers in a performance of Lauriden’s beloved Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, and The Nocturnes, […]


Mak Grgić releases new album

February 14, 2018

Mak Grgić (MM ’12, DMA ’16), an Artist Diploma candidate in the USC Thornton Classical Guitar program, has released an album, MAKrotonal, which uses specially re-fretted instruments to reexamine standard repertoire and to present newly commissioned works. Excerpts can be heard on Grgić’s website. Grgić serves as director of a number of music festivals worldwide […]


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