Alumni News

Inaugural Angela Meade Vocal Competition Established

February 14, 2019

Soprano and USC Thornton alumna Angela Meade (MM ’04) established the Angela Meade Vocal Competition at Pacific Lutheran University this January. After an initial review of all applicants, six finalists performed two songs in this public competition finale. Three winners were announced and were awarded up to $1000 and a trip to the east coast […]

Michael Christ Powers appointed as Orchestra Director at Westridge School

February 12, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Michael Christ Powers (MM ’05) was named Orchestra Director of the Westridge School in Pasadena, Calif. This March, he will take the Westridge Chamber Orchestra to Italy. Additionally, on January 19, Powers was the Star Guest Conductor with the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony in a subscription concert for families and […]


Rozzi’s new music video featured on MTV

February 11, 2019

MTV featured USC Thornton Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane’s ‘13 new single, “Bad Together,” from her debut album of the same name, released in November 2018. Rozzi, as she is known professionally, wrote the song in a hotel in Laguna Beach after an emotional break-up. She said of the video, “it’s a very personal song […]

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Vicki Ray earns rave reviews for her solo performance

February 6, 2019

Pianist and USC Thornton alumna Vicki Ray (DMA ’88) received a rave review from SF Classical Voice for her January 16 performance at CalArts REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. Ray performed a solo concert featuring two works with the accompaniment of visual projections by artist Carole Kim. The review described Ray as “stealing the show.”

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Callisto Trio earns standing ovation in Amsterdam

January 31, 2019

Pianist Katelyn Vahala, a USC Thornton undergraduate, and alumna cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins ’18, are currently touring Holland and Bratislava with the Callisto Trio, which also features violinist Geneva Lewis. On Jan. 13, the trio earned a standing ovation for their performance of Schoenfield, Ives and Dvorak at the Concertgebouw. Formed in 2011, the Callisto Trio […]

Judith Farmer performs at Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium

January 28, 2019

Judith Farmer, USC Thornton faculty member in bassoon, performed with alumnus Nick Gerpe (DMA ‘12) at the 2019 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium (MQVC), held at the Colburn School from January 11-13. MQVC is a three-day event that includes master classes, presentations, performances, and a competition for female bassoonists. Farmer, a 2016 GRAMMY […]

Sara Hiner

Sara Hiner named director of Settlement Music School’s Germantown Branch

January 23, 2019

USC Thornton alumna Sara Hiner (BM ’04, MM ’06) was recently appointed director of the Germantown Branch of the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. Settlement, one of the oldest and largest community schools of the arts in the nation, provides financial aid to more than 60% of their students in music, dance and the creative […]

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Jules Pegram wins ASCAP/CBDNA Fennell Prize

January 22, 2019

Earlier this year, Jules Pegram ‘13 received the ninth bi-annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Frederick Fennell Prize award for his piece “Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Wind Ensemble.” The competition, named for Frederick Fennell, ASCAP member and past President of CBDNA, was established to […]

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Annie Bosler publishes college prep book for musicians

January 22, 2019

USC Thornton alumna Annie Bosler (MM ’05, DMA ’08) recently published a guidebook on the application process for music schools and conservatories. Entitled College Prep for Musicians: A Comprehensive Guide for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Counselors, Bosler and her co-authors – Kathleen Tesar, associate dean for enrollment management at Juilliard, and psychologist Don Greene – […]

Music Industry alumnus Cole Pham releases new album

January 15, 2019

Cole Pham, a recent graduate of the Music Industry program, released his second studio album, LA 2 LA, late last year. The 10-track album illustrates Pham’s journey from his hometown of Lafayette, La. to Los Angeles. Pham, who released his first album while still in high school, credits USC Thornton as the place where he […]

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