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Daily Trojan highlights Live! From Somewhere performance series

March 31, 2020

The Daily Trojan, USC’s student-led newspaper, recently highlighted USC Thornton’s new video series, Live! From Somewhere. The series was launched on March 16 in response to recent closures and event cancellations, and as the school’s artists have looked for ways to continue making music while social distancing. Live! From Somewhere presents homemade performances by Thornton […]


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The Strad presents digital tribute to Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

March 26, 2020

The Strad has put together a digital tribute to the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, which was scheduled to take place March 13-22 at USC. As the event’s official media partner, The Strad expressed appreciation for those who worked diligently to organize the festival, writing: “…we know the amount of effort that artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum and […]


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Thornton artists feature prominently in LACO’s recently announced 2020-21 season

March 9, 2020

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has announced its 2020-21 season, the “Season of the Violin,” which prominently features a number of USC Thornton artists, many of whom have enjoyed long relationships with the orchestra. Nov. 14 and 15, Keyboard Studies faculty member and LACO’S Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, who previously served for 20 years […]


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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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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 […]


Student chamber duo wins prizes in Boulder

February 22, 2017

Cellist Coleman Itzkoff (MM ’16) and pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan (’12, MM ’14, piano), who perform as the Amicus Duo, recently earned top prizes at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, winning second prize overall and a special prize for best performance of Arthur Gottschalk’s Some Assembly Required. The USC Thornton student duo formed in 2014 […]


Calder Quartet takes on notorious Morton Feldman work

December 16, 2016

The Calder Quartet, which includes USC Thornton alumni Benjamin Jacobson (BM’01, MM’07, violin), Andrew Bulbrook (BM ’02, violin), Jonathan Moerschel (BM ’01, MM ’03, viola) and Eric Byers (BM ’03, cello), recently performed Morton Feldman’s notorious String Quartet No. 2 at the Met Cloisters museum in New York City. The piece is five hours in […]


Alumni, students take medals at Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

May 9, 2016

USC Thornton alumni and students fared well at the 43rd Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition held May 6-8 at the University of Notre Dame. The WindSync wind ensemble, which includes alumni Anni Hochhalter (’09, horn) and Jack Marquardt (’09, clarinet), took the Gold Medal in the Senior Wind Division and will undertake a winner’s […]


Violinist YuEun Kim featured in LACMA recital

October 12, 2015

USC Thornton Artist diploma student YuEun Kim (GCRT ’15, violin), who studies under Midori Goto, won the 2015 Sundays Live at LACMA competition to present a solo recital at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art on September 13. Kim was the winner among 13 finalists who competed for the opportunity in February. Sundays Live […]


Doctoral candidate Alin Melik-Adamyan shines at Centrum Chamber Music Workshop

October 2, 2015

Alin Melik-Adamyan (’12, MM ’14, piano), a doctoral candidate in USC Thornton’s Keyboard Collaborative Arts program, was one of two pianists invited to participate in the 2015 Chamber Music Workshop hosted by the Centrum Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington. Melik-Adamyan was nominated for the posting by Lucinda Carver, Vice Dean of Thornton’s Division of Classical […]


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