Classical Guitar News

Thornton classical guitarists to compete in Buffalo competition

May 15, 2018

Classical Guitar doctoral candidate Bo Byun and alumnus Jack Cimo (BM ’11) are semi-finalists for the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, which will take place in Buffalo, New York, on June 6, 7, and 9. The semi-finals will be streamed live online at wned.org. The competition is produced by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra every […]


Mak Grgić releases new album

February 14, 2018

Mak Grgić (MM ’12, DMA ’16), an Artist Diploma candidate in the USC Thornton Classical Guitar program, has released an album, MAKrotonal, which uses specially re-fretted instruments to reexamine standard repertoire and to present newly commissioned works. Excerpts can be heard on Grgić’s website. Grgić serves as director of a number of music festivals worldwide […]


Albert Diaz appointed Associate Chair of Music at Walla Walla University

January 26, 2018

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumnus Albert R. Diaz (BA ’10, MM ’12) has been appointed Associate Chair of the Music Department at Walla Walla University in Washington state. Diaz was a founding member of the Helios Guitar Quartet, which formed at USC in 2011. Currently a doctoral candidate in musicology at U.C. Los Angeles, Diaz’s […]


A relaxing summer vacation with Mak Grgić

September 25, 2017

USC Thornton alumnus Mak Grgić (MM ’12, DMA ’16) is a very busy man. The Slovenian-born classical guitarist (recently profiled here) is artistic director of both the Zagreb Music Festival and the Biljke i Svirke Interactive Music Festival, director of the Elemental Guitar Program at Elemental Music, an adjunct faculty member at Mount Saint Mary’s […]


Classical Guitar alum Evan Hirschelman releases new book

August 30, 2017

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumnus Evan Hirschelman (MM ’06) has released a new instructional book with publisher Hal Leonard, entitled “Classical Guitar Chops: Essential Licks & Exercises to Maximize Your Technique.” With a foreword written by Thornton faculty member Scott Tennant, the book features music by Bach, Albéniz, Paganini, Giuliani, and Sor. Hirschelman previously released […]


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 […]


Classical Guitarist Michael Kudirka profiled for Adès collaboration

April 17, 2017

Internationally acclaimed guitarist and USC Thornton alumnus Michael Kudirka (’04, DMA, ’12) was the subject of a feature profile in the spring 2017 issue of Classical Guitar Magazine, exploring his collaboration with composer Thomas Adès. The duo worked together on a “guitar aria” for Adès’ surrealist opera, The Exterminating Angel, which is based on the […]


Alumna guitarist Eva Beneke to perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

March 9, 2017

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumna Eva Beneke (DMA ’12) will perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, March 11th. The concert will include the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Unremembered, an “hour-long, 13-part song cycle inspired by poems and illustrations by Nathaniel Bellows.” Beneke is currently the artistic director for Lowertown Classics, […]


Scott Tennant plans an album of Segovia compositions

November 4, 2016

Scott Tennant, a member of the USC Thornton Classical Guitar faculty, was profiled in the November/December issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine for his project to record an album of compositions by virtuoso guitarist, Andrés Segovia. Tennant has collaborated with fellow Segovia disciple Michael Lorimer to compile the master list of Segovia’s known compositions and will […]


Guitarist Colin Davin joins faculty at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory

October 13, 2016

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumnus Colin Davin (BM ’09) has been appointed to the guitar faculty at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music in Ohio. Prior to this appointment, Davin taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as a teaching assistant to guitarist Sharon Isbin. As a performer, Davin has appeared at Carnegie Hall, […]


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