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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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Doyoung Park wins online Quebec Music International Competition

June 11, 2020

Pianist Doyoung Park, a graduate certificate candidate in Keyboard Studies, was recently awarded First Prize in the Professional category of the online 2020 Quebec Music Competition. Park won the category with her performance of the fourth movement of Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26. Watch the performance that won Park her first […]


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Doyoung Park and Keke Luo among winners of American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition

May 1, 2020

Two students of USC Thornton’s Keyboard Studies program were named among thirteen First Place Winners of the College Students and Professional Musicians category of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition: graduate certificate candidate Doyoung Park, a student of Daniel Pollack and Mikhail Korzhev, and master’s student Keke Luo, a student of Bernadene Blaha. […]


Remembering Lynn Harrell

April 30, 2020

Lynn Harrell, the internationally-acclaimed cellist and former faculty member at the USC Thornton School of Music, died on Monday, April 27. He was 76. From 1986 to 1993, Harrell held the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello at USC Thornton where he taught countless cellists who have gone on to remarkable careers including faculty member Ben […]


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Juan Pablo Contreras and Sarah Gibson discuss their craft in LACO roundtable

April 23, 2020

Doctoral candidate Juan Pablo Contreras and alum Sarah Gibson, both accomplished composers, appeared in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s first installment of “Table Talk,” a series of roundtable discussions. Originally recorded in February, before safer at home orders took effect, Contreras and Gibson are joined by José Enrique González Medina and Derrick Spiva Jr. in […]


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