Alumni News

Alexander Miller stages multi-media performance about lost LA landmarks

October 17, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Alexander Miller (DMA ’10) will perform a multi-media project To…Oblivion: Historic Landmarks Around Los Angeles for the first time in its entirety on Friday, October 25 at Boston Court Pasadena. Using electric guitar and audio and visual effects, Miller’s performance will explore six LA landmarks that have been irreparably altered or destroyed. […]


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Popular Music alums to perform at Hollywood Bowl

October 16, 2019

Thornton alums Annie Dingwall (’13) and Justin Klunk (’13), who now form the band RAINNE, will perform at the Hollywood Bowl on October 19 alongside acts such as Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish. RAINNE was selected out of 2,700 other acts that entered the competition for the Hollywood Bowl slot. The performance […]


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Austin Wintory scores new game “John Wick Hex”

October 15, 2019

Composition alum Austin Wintory (’07) has composed the music of “John Wick Hex,” a new video game based on the popular John Wick movie series. Wintory is best known for his GRAMMY-nominated score for the game “Journey” and his score for “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.” Lionsgate and game developer Bithell Games made the announcement of Wintory’s […]


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Faculty and alumni come together at fourth annual CollabFest

October 11, 2019

USC Thornton will have a strong presence at the upcoming CollabFest conference, with many alumni and faculty attending. Alan Smith, director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Andrew Harley (DMA ’97), Russell Miller (BM), James Douglass (DMA ’04), ChoEun Lee (DMA, ’13) and Lisa Sylvester, Chair of Vocal Arts & Opera at Thornton, will all be participating. […]


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USC Thornton faculty and alumni enter GRAMMY Award consideration

October 9, 2019

A number of Thornton faculty and alumni have entered consideration for GRAMMY award nominations. Jazz Studies faculty member Sara Gazarek’s album Thirsty Ghost is up for consideration in multiple categories including Best Jazz Vocal Album. Alumnus Gernot Wolfgang’s (GCRT ’94) chamber music album, Vienna and the West, was entered in the Best Classical Compendium category. […]


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Christian Kolo announced as 2019 Pete Carpenter Fellow

October 7, 2019

Thornton alumnus Christian Kolo (MM ’19, Screen Scoring) was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 Pete Carpenter Fellowship, a residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. Kolo is an award-winning composer, and was awarded the fellowship based on his composition, “Hold On!” The award includes a stipend for four to five […]


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David Allen Moore releases book of double bass instruction

October 1, 2019

Thornton faculty member and alumnus David Allen Moore has published his first book, “Fractal Fingering: A scaleable concept of fingerboard geography for the Double Bass.” The book is founded on 10 years of scholarship and teaching and redefines the methods for fingerboard organization and double bass left-handed technique. The book has already been put on […]


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Thornton alumni lead ensembles to top awards in choral performance

September 25, 2019

Ethan Sperry (MM ’98, DMA ’00) and Jason Saunders (MM ’14) were both awarded The American Prize in Choral Performance for their ensembles this year. Sperry led the Oregon Repertory Singers to a win in the American Prize’s community chorus division. The Oregon Repertory Singers are a nonprofit organization that frequently presents regional premieres and […]


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Sarah Gibson to join faculty at UCSB Department of Music

September 23, 2019

Thornton alumna Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15) will join the faculty at the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music and College of Creative Studies as Teaching Professor in Composition this fall. Gibson will be teaching courses in composition, music theory, orchestration and other performance-related courses. “Her background and support of new musical compositions, along […]


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Argus Quartet joins residency program at Yellow Barn

September 19, 2019

The Argus Quartet has been invited to participate in a week-long residency program this September at Yellow Barn, an international center for chamber music, encouraging the discovery of music in the studio, classroom and concert hall. The quartet was founded by alum Clara Kim (DM ’15) with classmates from USC. Yellow Barn has welcomed back […]


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