Keyboard Studies News

Bernadene Blaha

Bernadene Blaha joins violinist Robert Davidovici in Beethoven celebration

November 7, 2019

Keyboard Studies faculty member and concert pianist Bernadene Blaha will join Robert Davidovici for a two-part concert of selected Beethoven Sonatas at the FIU Music Festival. The performance will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Van Beethoven and will be performed in two installments at Miami Beach Urban Studios in Miami Beach, […]


Photo of Alan Smith

Faculty and alumni come together at fourth annual CollabFest

October 11, 2019

USC Thornton will have a strong presence at the upcoming CollabFest conference, with many alumni and faculty attending. Alan Smith, director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Andrew Harley (DMA ’97), Russell Miller (BM), James Douglass (DMA ’04), ChoEun Lee (DMA, ’13) and Lisa Sylvester, Chair of Vocal Arts & Opera at Thornton, will all be participating. […]


Photo of three international artist fellows

Three Thornton doctoral candidates among this year’s USC International Artist Fellows

September 30, 2019

USC recently announced the 2019-2020 class of International Artist Fellows, including three USC Thornton DMA candidates: Classical Guitar student Bokyung Byun, Keyboard Studies student Wesley Chu, and Composition student Guang Yang. Since 2013, the International Artist Fellowship has provided scholarships and other resources to enable talented artsits from around the world to study at USC’s […]


Portrait of Seonmi Lee

Seonmi Lee joins faculty at Korea National University of Arts

September 11, 2019

Pianist and USC Thornton alumna Seonmi Lee (DMA ’19) has been appointed to the collaborative piano faculty at Korea National University of Arts, which is considered one of the most prominent Korean universities for pianists. In the role, Lee, who won her first international competition at age 10, will teach both collaboration and solo piano. […]


Vieness Piano Duo

Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell perform as Vieness Piano Duo

August 20, 2019

The Vieness Piano Duo, which is comprised of USC Thornton alumnus Vijay Venkatesh (’17) and DMA candidate Eva Schaumkell, traveled from coast-to-coast this summer, performing in several concert series in Los Angeles and New Jersey. This included Le Salon de Musiques, Glendale’s Second Saturday and Music Guild series in Los Angeles as well as a […]


Jeffrey Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane earns glowing review

June 21, 2019

Jeffrey Kahane, a USC Thornton professor of Keyboard Studies, earned a glowing review from the Shepherd Express for his guest conducting performance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, during with he also played a piano concerto. “Kahane moved seamlessly in his two roles,” said the article. “The music came forth with lively, in-the-moment presence. I think […]


Nicholas Mendez Del Valle

Nicholas Méndez Del Valle wins Collegiate Concerto Competition

June 5, 2019

USC Thornton undergraduate pianist Nicholas Méndez Del Valle recently was the unanimous grand prize winner of the Santa Monica Symphony and Westside Music Foundation’s new Collegiate Concerto Competition. The Santa Monica Mirror profiled Del Valle for this accomplishment and mentioned his May 26 performance with the Santa Monica Symphony.


Echo Wang

Echo Wang showcased in Emerging Artist Concert for Verde Valley Sinfonietta

April 17, 2019

The Verde Valley Sinfonietta showcased pianist and USC Thornton Keyboard Studies student Echo Wang in its annual Emerging Artists Concert earlier this month in Sedona, Ariz. Wang performed Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Kozacek.


Victor Labenske commissioned by MTNA

March 14, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Victor Labenske was commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) to write a chamber work for intermediate level players. The work, “A Walk Through the Valley,” published by Alfred Music, will be premiered at the MTNA National Conference in Spokane, Wash. on March 17, 2019.


USC Thornton faculty and alumnus collaborate for world premiere with LACO

March 13, 2019

On March 23 and 24, Jeffrey Kahane, Professor of Keyboard Studies at USC Thornton, will return to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to conduct the world premiere of GRAMMY Award-winning composer and Thornton alumnus James Newton Howard’s cello concerto, When we were One. The performance, which features USC Thornton Strings faculty member Andrew Shulman on cello […]


News archive