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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 […]


Argus appointed quartet-in-residence at Yale School of Music

September 3, 2015

The Los Angeles-based Argus Quartet, which includes three USC Thornton students and alumni – Clara Kim (DMA ’15, violin), Jason Issokson (MM ’10, violin) and Diana Wade (GCRT ’13, viola) – has been appointed the quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music. The ensemble will be mentored by the Brentato Quartet and will coach undergraduate […]


Calder Quartet featured on the cover of Strings Magazine

April 15, 2015

The Calder Quartet, which was formed by USC Thornton alumni Benjamin Jacobson, Johnathan Moreschel, Eric Beyers and Andrew Bulbrook, is featured on the May 2015 cover of Strings Magazine. The feature article explores the changing performance landscape for chamber quartets and the increasing role that music schools play in equipping students for successful careers. Bulbrook […]


Ines Thomé and Katina Mitchell win Thornton Outreach Chamber Ensemble Competition

March 10, 2015

USC Thornton students Ines Thomé (GCRT, DMA) and Katina Mitchell (DMA) won the Thornton Outreach Chamber Ensemble Competition with their ensemble Gifts from Over Sea. Thomé, a DMA student in Classical Guitar, and Mitchell, a DMA student in Vocal Arts, will perform upcoming concerts for school children in Los Angeles as Thornton Outreach Chamber Ensemble […]


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