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Pianist Robert Thies named Artistic Director of South Bay Chamber Music Society

July 18, 2018

Pianist Robert Thies (BM ’93, MM ’95), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, has been appointed Artistic Director of the South Bay Chamber Music Society, which presents about 15 concerts each season in venues across the South Bay. Thies won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in 1995 and […]


Alumnus Andrew Goldman publishes neurological research about improvisational musicianship

July 10, 2018

Andrew Goldman (’08), a piano performance and neuroscience alumnus of USC Thornton and USC Dornsife, recently published a research paper, “Improvisation experience predicts how musicians categorize musical structures,” in the Psychology of Music journal. Goldman, who earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge, is currently a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia […]


Jeffrey Kahane premieres Sirota septet at the Sarasota Music Festival

June 26, 2018

Pianist Jeffrey Kahane, a member of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty, recently concluded his second year as music director of the Sarasota Music Festival with the world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Luminous Bodies septet, in collaboration with the yMusic ensemble. The work’s title refers to the composers that influenced Sirota, including Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, […]


Vicki Ray to perform contemporary piano work for Soudwaves

May 10, 2018

Pianist and USC Thornton alumna Vicki Ray (DMA ’88) will perform a notable minimalist work, River of 1,000 Streams by composer Daniel Lentz, for the Soundwaves New Music series at the Santa Monica Public Library on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018. Ray’s recording of the piece, for electronically-processed piano, was warmly received by critics last year. […]


Video of Somang Jeagal in recital at the Greystone Mansion

May 7, 2018

The Music in the Mansion concert series, which presents chamber music at the historical Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, recently published a video showcasing a February performance by pianist and 2018 Outstanding Graduate Somang Jeagal (AD ’15, GCRT ’17, MM ’18). The Keyboard Collaborative Arts student and three-time Beverly Hills National Auditions winner was joined […]


Pianist Edward Cibener performs with the San Francisco City Chorus

April 25, 2018

Pianist and USC Thornton alumnus Edward Cibener (BM ’83) recently performed as a guest artist with the San Francisco City Chorus for the ensemble’s April 21st performance of Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht, in an arrangement for piano, organ, and chorus. The concert was conducted by Larry Marietta.


Several volumes of songs by Alan L. Smith published

April 2, 2018

Several volumes of song arrangements by Alan L. Smith, USC Thornton Keyboard Studies chair and director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, were recently published by Classical Vocal Reprints. The collection features several volumes of folk song arrangements, some of which were written for renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, and also includes a song cycle for soprano, violin, […]


Faculty and student chamber performance of Franck Piano Quintet well received

March 27, 2018

David J. Brown of LA Opus recently reviewed a chamber music performance of César Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor M.7 by USC Thornton faculty members Glenn Dicterow (first violin), Bernadene Blaha (piano), and Karen Dreyfus (violin), with students Benjamin Lash (cello) and Mann-Wen Lo (violin). The performance was part of the Second Sundays series […]


Daniel Linder earns Graduate Student Government research award

March 21, 2018

Daniel Linder, a DMA candidate in USC Thornton’s Keyboard Studies program, was recently awarded 1st Prize in the Humanities division of the USC Graduate Student Government’s 10th annual Research Symposium awards. Linder’s research explored the musical language of 20th Century French composer Maurice Ohana, focusing on his Six Études d’Interprétation (1981-82). Under the guidance of […]


Pianist Vicki Ray records new work by Daniel Lentz

February 6, 2018

Pianist Vicki Ray’s (DMA ’88) recent recording of River of 1,000 Streams by composer Daniel Lentz was warmly reviewed by the website I Care If You Listen. Referring to the USC Thornton alumna as a “Los Angeles luminary,” reviewer Nick Stevens lauded her performance as a “colorful, nuanced, arresting statement,” demonstrating “first-rate artistry.” Lentz’s 28-minute […]


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