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LACO to premiere Luna Lab work by Anya Lagman

February 11, 2021

On Thursday, Feb. 11, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will present the world premiere of a piece by sophomore Composition student Anya Lagman in a special “Luna Lab Meets LACO” online concert presented in partnership with the Kaufman Music Center in New York City. Lagman’s piece, “Unravel,” will be performed by LACO’s musicians alongside the […]


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Adeliia Faizullina featured in The Washington Post

February 6, 2021

Adeliia Faizullina, a doctoral student in USC Thornton’s Composition program, was featured in an article in The Washington Post celebrating 21 “composers to watch” in 2021 who offer “exciting ways of imagining what our future together sounds like.” The article singles out two of Faizullina’s works as particular exemplars of her “elastic and evocative” work, […]


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Mark Weiser’s Music for Saxophone receives glowing reviews

January 29, 2021

USC Thornton Composition faculty member Mark Weiser’s album Music for Saxophone received glowing reviews from The Saxophone Symposium and The Saxophonist. In the most recent edition of The Saxophone Symposium, the journal of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Julia Nolan describes the album, featuring members of the Capitol Quartet, as “delightful,” “challenging,” and “wonderfully reflective.” […]


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Gerald Clayton scores new documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 27, 2021

GRAMMY Award-nominated composer, pianist and USC Thornton alum Gerald Clayton (BM ‘07) wrote the score for “MLK/FBI,” a newly released award-winning documentary directed by Sam Pollard that uncovers the extent of the FBI’s targeted surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sub Pop described Clayton’s composition of the documentary’s theme as “a gorgeous, […]


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Dale Trumbore shares virtual chorus experience in The Voice of OC

January 21, 2021

Dale Trumbore (MM ‘11), an alum of USC Thornton’s Composition program, was featured in The Voice of OC in an article about how the Orange County Women’s Chorus adapted its programming to offer unique online events. Trumbore was commissioned to compose a new piece, “What We Hand Over,” for the chorus’s holiday event, and shares […]


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Peter Boyer composes music for presidential inauguration

January 20, 2021

Composer and USC Thornton alum Peter Boyer (GCRT ’96) received the honor of composing a new piece for the festivities surrounding the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden. Boyer was featured in the Los Angeles Times in a story about the significance of the commission. Titled “Fanfare for Tomorrow,” the piece was commissioned to […]


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Austin Wintory PlayStation blog explores the making of “The Pathless”

December 13, 2020

USC Thornton Composition alum Austin Wintory (BM ‘07) wrote a blog for PlayStation in which he shares a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his score for the game “The Pathless.” The score fuses multiple musical traditions from around the world in what Wintory calls a “global jam band.” “The resulting scope was significantly beyond […]


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Thomas Kotcheff interviewed in The New York Times

December 7, 2020

Thomas Kotcheff (MM ‘12, DMA ‘19), an alum of USC Thornton’s Composition program, was interviewed in The New York Times about his recent album release, the first commercial recording of Frederic Rzewski’s Songs of Insurrection, which received glowing remarks from the composer himself. In the article, Kotcheff discusses his personal highlights from the recording, and […]


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Michael Abels interviewed by ScreenDaily on diversity in film scoring

November 15, 2020

USC Thornton alum and award-winning composer Michael Abels (BM ‘84) was interviewed by ScreenDaily along with “Joker” composer Hildur Gudna­dottir about improving diversity in the film and television scoring industry. Abels shared how young people responding to the success of his work on “Get Out” prompted him to co-found the Composers Diversity Collective, an organization […]


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The Yellowjackets release 25th album, Jackets XL

November 11, 2020

The Yellowjackets, an iconic GRAMMY Award-winning jazz quartet that includes three USC Thornton faculty members – saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, and drummer Will Kennedy – have released their 25th album entitled Jackets XL. The album pairs the talents of the quartet with the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany, which Mintzer has led […]


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