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Steven Vanhauwaert releases two new albums

October 28, 2020

Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert (MM ‘06, GCRT ‘08), an alum of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, recently released two new albums, Paris <> Los Angeles: Milhaud, Mozart, Zeisl and Ferruccio Busoni: l’Énigme. Both albums are released by the independent French label Editions Hortus, with which Vanhauwaert has previously released multiple albums. Paris <> Los Angeles: […]


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Barry Tan presents live streamed concert Oct. 15

October 14, 2020

Pianist Barry Tan, a doctoral student in USC Thornton’s Keyboard Studies program, will perform a live-streamed solo concert of classical and contemporary works from his Los Angeles studio on Oct. 15 at 10:30 am. The concert of works by Bach, Nielson, Beethoven and Gershwin is presented by the West Vancouver Community Arts Council as a […]


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Thornton artists awarded San Francisco Classical Voice Audience Choice Awards

September 17, 2020

Multiple USC Thornton artists and alumni-founded ensembles were awarded San Francisco Classical Voice’s Audience Choice Awards for the 2019-2020 season. This year was the first-ever Audience Choice Awards with a category dedicated to celebrating the vibrant classical music scene in Los Angeles. HOCKET, the piano duo of alumni Sarah Gibson (MM ‘10, DMA ‘15) and […]


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Andrew Harrison to launch new online concert series

September 1, 2020

USC Thornton alum and saxophonist Andrew Harrison (DMA ’15) will launch a new online concert series, Concert Cast, on Tues., Sept. 1. An advocate for contemporary saxophone music, Harrison will perform with pianist Jason Lo (MM ’12, DMA ’16) in a program that features works by Bozza, Eiunaudi, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and more. The event will […]


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Grant Gershon pens KCET article about equity in the arts

August 6, 2020

USC Thornton alum Grant Gershon (BM ‘85), artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, recently penned an article for KCET about how artists and arts organizations can do more to make the arts accessible and equitable. “I believe that the single most important thing that arts organizations must do now is lift up a […]


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Twelve Thornton students and alumni among winners of 2020-2021 Beverly Hills National Auditions

July 26, 2020

Winners of the 2020-2021 Beverly Hills National Auditions (BHNA) were recently announced, and among them are a long list of 12 students and alumni of USC Thornton. Each year, the BHNA selects winners to be presented the following season in a series of monthly concerts across Southern California. In consideration of restrictions on in-person events, […]


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USC Thornton’s Concerto Chamber Orchestra presents The Carnival of the Animals

July 23, 2020

USC Thornton’s Concerto Chamber Orchestra, a student-run ensemble, is presenting a 14-day summer festival featuring a virtual performance of “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns. Between July 18-31, the ensemble will release a movement each day, culminating in a livestream of the full piece on July 31 at 6:00 pm (PST). The project […]


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Jeffrey Kahane to appear in Oregon Bach Festival radio broadcast

July 1, 2020

Performances by renowned pianist and Keyboard Studies faculty member Jeffrey Kahane will be broadcast July 6 and 8 as part of the first-ever radio broadcast edition of the award-winning Oregon Bach Festival. The festival airs from June 26 through July 10, and features recordings by critically-acclaimed musicians. Kahane made is Oregon Bach Festival debut in […]


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LACMA Sundays Live to air encore performance featuring Bernadene Blaha and Judith Farmer

June 19, 2020

Sunday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m., a 2018 performance by the Los Angeles Piano Sextet, featuring USC Thornton faculty members Bernadene Blaha and Judith Farmer, will be aired as a part of LACMA Sundays Live. The performance was originally performed in LACMA’s Bing Theater, and includes a selection of music by Mozart, Thuille, and Poulenc. […]


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HOCKET launches new commission series #What2020SoundsLike

June 17, 2020

USC Thornton alumni Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15) and Thomas Kotcheff (MM ’12, DMA ‘19), who together form piano duo HOCKET, have launched a new commission series called #What2020SoundsLike. They have commissioned 50 composers to create new, short works between 15 and 45 seconds in length, which the duo will record and release on […]


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