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Wayne Yang featured in KUSC’s “Play On, California!”

September 22, 2020

KUSC highlighted Arts Leadership master’s student Wayne Yang’s Live! From Somewhere performance in a recent installment of its daily broadcast and online feature “Play On, California!” Yang performed Carl Vine’s “Threnody” and dedicated his performance to the victims of COVID-19 and their families. “I believe the one thing we can take away from this pandemic, […]


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Polina Cherezova publishes feature on Conrad Tao

April 13, 2020

USC Thornton Master’s student Polina Cherezova talked with pianist Conrad Tao ahead of his Power to the People! festival concert with the LA Phil. The feature was published on the LA Phil’s Watch & Listen home page. “Conrad Tao, the internationally acclaimed composer-pianist, lives in an imaginative cosmos of his own, where vulnerability reigns,” Cherezova wrote. […]


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Alum-led choral ensemble Tonality receives Adventurous Programming Award

April 7, 2020

Choral ensemble Tonality, led by USC Thornton alum Alexander Lloyd Blake (DMA ’19), has received the Chorus America/ASCAP 2020 Adventurous Programming Award. The award recognizes choruses that demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting new music. Blake founded Tonality in 2016, while studying at USC Thornton, with the goal of advancing underrepresented voices in choral […]


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Dana Gioia inducted to Hawthorne Hall of Fame

April 10, 2019

Dana Gioia, the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC who teaches in USC Thornton’s Arts Leadership and Musicology programs, is a 2019 inductee to the Hawthorne Hall of Fame. A native of Hawthorne, Calif., the renowned poet has received many honors during his career, including being named the Poet Laureate of […]


Red Hen Press: An Afternoon of Poetry & Performance

December 13, 2018

Free this Sunday afternoon? USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen presents his celebrated music with Thornton faculty and alumni alike, including Rod Gilfry, Carin Gilfry, Dana Gioia, and more. The event, Red Hen Press: An Afternoon of Poetry & Performance, will take place at The Broad Stage! The spiritual depth of Morten Lauridsen’s music, paired with […]


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Dana Gioia collaborates with Helen Sung on jazz album

October 11, 2018

Dana Gioia, USC Thornton Arts Leadership and Musicology faculty member, recently collaborated with jazz pianist Helen Sung on a new album, Sung with Words, which was released in September. Gioia, a Poet Laureate of California, wrote the lyrics for Sung’s original songs, many of which feature spoken word introductions. close


Kenneth Foster authors new book about arts leadership

May 3, 2018

Kenneth Foster, director of the USC Thornton Arts Leadership program, has authored a new book, Arts Leadership: Creating Sustainable Arts Organizations (Routledge), which will be released on May 9th. The book focuses on building sustainable models for creative organizations amidst increasing political, economic, and cultural challenges. “Foster’s experience and wisdom as an arts leader informs […]


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Dana Gioia wins Poets’ Prize

April 9, 2018

Dana Gioia, USC Thornton Arts Leadership and Musicology faculty member and Poet Laureate of California, recently won the Poets’ Prize for his retrospective, 99 Poems, which was published in 2016. The Poets’ Prize recognizes a book published by a living American poet each year. Gioia, who served as the chairman of the National Endowment for […]


USC celebrates Diversity Week Jan. 22-26

January 18, 2018

From Monday, January 22nd to Friday the 26th, 2018, the USC community will come together for Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Week, presenting over 60 events, workshops, talks, and panels from “Understanding Allyship” to “Tips for Pronouncing Chinese Names.” USC Thornton faculty will take part in several events, including “And Still We Rise: Women of Color […]


Thornton faculty member Dana Gioia defends the NEA in LA Times Op-Ed

February 28, 2017

California Poet Laureate and USC Thornton Arts Leadership faculty member Dana Gioia outlined the remarkable successes of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and challenged arguments to defund the organization in a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed. Gioia, who was twice unanimously confirmed by the Senate to lead the NEA, from 2003 through 2009, […]


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