Early Music Performance News

Marylin Winkle’s theatrical work praised by Los Angeles Times

May 15, 2017

Early Music DMA student Marylin Winkle received praise from the Los Angeles Times for her role in Skylight Theatre’s production of “Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers.” Winkle composed live original music, which F. Kathleen Foley of the Times said “beautifully [underscored] the proceedings.” Last semester, Winkle directed the Chamber Opera of USC’s […]


Remembering Brian Asawa

April 20, 2016

Brian Asawa, a celebrated countertenor and non-degreed alumnus, died on April 18. He was 49. Asawa’s international career was studded with “firsts” — he was the first countertenor to be named Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, win Seattle Opera’s Artist of the Year Award, earn the Adler Fellowship at the […]


Adam Knight Gilbert to lecture at two international conferences

April 24, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology faculty member Adam Knight Gilbert, who also directs the Thornton Early Music Program, was invited as a lecturer and teacher at the Improvising Across Boundaries conference at the Orfeus Instituut in Belgium on May 21 and 22, 2015. He has also been invited to speak at the Petrus Alamire – New Perspectives […]


Student Ryan Tani to pursue conducting opportunities

April 23, 2015

USC Thornton student Ryan Tani (BA ’15) has been accepted as a Master of Music candidate at the Peabody Conservatory in Maryland in the Orchestral Conducting program. Tani has been a member of many USC ensembles, including the Thornton Chamber Singers, the Early Music Ensemble and the Compline Choir and is co-founder and principal conductor […]


Ciaramella early music ensemble receives strong review for new album

April 6, 2015

The early music ensemble Ciaramella, directed by Thornton faculty members Adam Knight Gilbert and Rotem Gilbert, received positive reviews from the online music site Record Collector, for its most recent album, Dances on Moveable Ground. “The beauty of this ‘historic’ release is its distinct musical and sonic uniqueness. And, that it can be indulged from […]


Vicente Chavarria awarded Belgian American Education Foundation Fellowship

February 23, 2015

USC Thornton DMA student in early music, Vicente Chavarria, was awarded a Belgian American Education Foundation Fellowship. Chavarria will study for a one-year postdoc at KU Leuven in Belgium with Professor David Burn, one of the foremost scholars of Renaissance polyphony in Europe. Chavarria serves as artistic director of Flos Campi, an early music ensemble […]


Houston Early Music Festival to Welcome Ciaramella

January 12, 2015

Ciaramella, the early music ensemble led by USC Thornton faculty Rotem and Adam Gilbert, will travel to Texas for a performance on Sun., Feb. 15 at Houston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Broadway World mentioned the performance, noting that in 2014 the Gilberts received the prestigious Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America in recognition of […]


Weicheng Zhao and Fang Gao to perform at Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium

October 28, 2014

Current USC Thornton doctoral candidate Weicheng Zhao (MM ’14, DMA ’16) is one of two organists to perform on the Young Artists’ Platform during the Calgary Organ Festival and Symposium.  His wife Fang Gao (GCRT, ’16), who is currently a student in the Early  Music program, will join him in a concert at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in […]


Baroque Sinfonia invited to perform at Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival

May 16, 2014

As a winner in the Early Music America Collegium, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia will be among six ensembles who will perform at Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival on June 4-6 in Berkeley, CA. The festival brings together students and ensembles from colleges, universities and conservatories throughout North America. Baroque Sinfonia will perform La pazzia senile, […]


New album from Adam and Rotem Gilbert named “Editors Choice” by Early Music Today

April 4, 2014

Early Music faculty Adam and Rotem Gilbert’s group Ciaramella was honored by Early Music Today for their recent CD Dances on Movable Ground. The publication gave the album the designation of “Editor’s Choice,” and lauded the release for its “expressive fluidity and rhythmic vitality.” Ciaramella is a Renaissance ensemble that has recorded for the Naxos […]


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