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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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HOCKET announced as new Piano Spheres Core Artist

March 10, 2020

USC Thornton alumni duo HOCKET has been named the latest addition to Piano Spheres’ roster of Core Artists, the first to be added to the concert series’ roster in 26 years. Piano Spheres was founded in 1994 by pianist and former USC faculty member Leonard Stein with the goal of showcasing new music for the […]


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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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Nina C. Young featured in New York Times review

March 5, 2020

USC Thornton Composition faculty member Nina C. Young premiered a new composition as a part of the New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 concert series on Feb. 5. Young’s piece, “Tread Softly,” premiered on the opening night of the series, and was featured by The New York Times. Young, a composer and sound artist who joined […]


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Andrew Prahlow nominated for BAFTA Games Award

March 4, 2020

Screen Scoring alum Andrew Prahlow’s (GCRT ’11) soundtrack of the video game “Outer Wilds” has been nominated for a 2020 BAFTA Games Award. The nomination follows other recent nods for the game’s music, including a Golden Joystick Award nomination for Best Audio and a Jerry Goldsmith Award nomination for Best Score. Prahlow’s music for the […]


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Nicholas Bentz wins first prize at Tribeca New Music’s Young Composer Competition

February 28, 2020

USC Thornton Composition master’s student Nicholas Bentz was announced as the first prize winner of the Tribeca New Music 2020 Young Composer Competition in Division 1, for ages 22-35. Bentz’s winning piece is titled “Glimpse,” a quartet for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. In addition to a monetary award, “Glimpse” will be performed at the […]


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Ted Hearne receives 2020 American Academy of Arts and Letters award

February 26, 2020

Composition faculty member Ted Hearne has won the 2020 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Music, awarded in honor of a composer’s significant artistic achievements. In addition to the monetary award, Hearne and the other three winners will have their music presented at a concert at the Academy in 2021. This is the […]


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Thornton artists feature prominently in concert honoring women composers, performers, directors

February 24, 2020

USC Thornton artists will feature prominently in the Los Robles Master Chorale’s upcoming collaborative concert, Women Speak, highlighting the work of women composers, performers and directors. The all-women chorus VOX Femina Los Angeles will join the Los Robles Master Chorale (LRMC) for the fist half of the evening’s program. Both choruses are led by USC […]


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Thornton artists feature prominently in Carnegie Hall 2020-21 season

February 17, 2020

Carnegie Hall has announced its 2020-21 season, with concerts featuring a number of USC Thornton artists. The Los Angeles Philharmonic returns to Carnegie Hall this season, after a 30 year absence, with two of four concerts featuring work by Composition faculty member and Thornton alum Andrew Norman (BM ’02, MM ’04). Oct. 8, the LA […]


Patrick O’Malley to make Carnegie Hall debut

February 13, 2020

USC Thornton Composition alum Patrick O’Malley (MM ’15, DMA ’19) will make his Carnegie Hall debut this May with the premiere of his new piece “Obliviana” performed by the New York Youth Symphony. “Obliviana” won the New York Youth Symphony’s 2019/20 season First Music Commissions award, a competition championing works by composers under 30. O’Malley’s […]


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