Early Music Performance News

Thornton alumni form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra

April 5, 2018

Violinist and USC Thornton alumnus Etienne Gara has recently teamed with a number of Thornton alumni to form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble focused on music from the Baroque through the contemporary. The group’s roster includes violinists Mishkar Núñez-Fredell (MM ’09, DMA ’17), Yu-Eun Kim (GCRT ’17), and Sun Jung Lee (DMA […]


William E. Rutherford memorial to be held January 27

January 18, 2018

William E. Rutherford (1929-2017) was an esteemed and renowned scholar, writer, and professor of Linguistics at USC for thirty years. He was also a musician and performed early music on the harpsichord and organ. In the 1960s, he formed the Musica Pacifica ensemble with Shirley Marcus, Ruth Adams, Morris Newman, and others, and the group […]


DMA candidate Marylin Winkle wins award at the 12th annual SCENIES

October 23, 2017

Marylin Winkle, a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Early Music Performance program, has received a “Scenie” award in the category of Outstanding Original Music & Live Performance for her work on the Skylight Theatre’s production of Lord of the Underworld’s Home for Unwed Mothers. Winkle composed and performed cello interludes for the play, with […]


Applications are now open for the LA Phil’s Hack Music LA

August 29, 2017

Applications are now open for Hack Music LA, a two-day event (October 7 & 8) that will bring together 75 of the country’s most creative makers to develop tools and experiences to expand music for all. The innovative, music-inspired hackathon is hosted by the LA Phil in partnership with the USC Thornton School of Music […]


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 […]


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