Winds and Percussion News

Strong USC Thornton showing in LA Phil’s 2017-18 season

March 17, 2017

The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) recently announced its 2017-18 concert season, which includes featured performances by numerous USC Thornton faculty and alumni. In December, the Calder Quartet, which includes Thornton alumni Benjamin Jacobson (BM’01, MM’07, violin), Andrew Bulbrook (BM ’02, violin), Jonathan Moerschel (BM ’01, MM ’03, viola) and Eric Byers (BM ’03, cello), […]


Brice Burton takes percussion position with Charlotte Symphony

February 27, 2017

Brice Burton, a graduate student of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion department, won the Principal Percussion position with the Charlotte Symphony. Burton has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the American Youth Symphony and took first place in the Division I Modern Snare Drum Competition in 2014.


Thornton percussionists take center stage in LA Phil’s Reich tribute

February 10, 2017

On January 17, several alumni and USC Thornton Percussion faculty celebrated legendary composer Steve Reich’s 80th birthday in a special Green Umbrella concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil). Faculty member James Babor joined alumni Jeffrey Grant (GCRT ’14), Nick Terry (DMA ’11), and Matthew Howard (’12), who is principal percussionist for the LA […]


Clarinetist Eric Abramovitz wins Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition

January 30, 2017

Clarinetist Eric Abramovitz, a USC Thornton Winds & Percussion graduate student of faculty member Yehuda Gilad, recently took 1st Prize for Classical Clarinet at the 2017 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. The Vandoren competition, sponsored by the eponymous mouthpiece and reed manufacturing company, celebrates “the next generation of great clarinetists and saxophonists,” and selects three winners […]


Alumni Micah Wright and Jason Lo to compete at MTNA

January 5, 2017

USC Thornton alumni Micah Wright (DMA ’15, clarinet) and Jason Lo (MM ’12, DMA ’16, piano) recently won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Woodwind State Competition. This month, they will perform in the Regional Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. Outside of the competition, Wright currently performs with Trio Brillante and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. […]


Eric Abramovitz joins alumnus Donald Foster in the Santa Barbara Symphony clarinet section

December 1, 2016

Clarinetist Eric Abramovitz, a USC Thornton Winds & Percussion graduate student of faculty member Yehuda Gilad, has won the 2nd/Eb clarinet position with the Santa Barbara Symphony. The ensemble also includes Thornton alumnus Donald T. Foster (MM ’96) as the principal clarinet.


Gamble House to host USC Thornton student concert series

November 8, 2016

This season, the iconic Gamble House in Pasadena will collaborate with USC Thornton to present a four-part music series entitled “House Music.” The 1908 showpiece of American Arts and Crafts architecture, a National Historic Landmark, is currently deeded to the city of Pasadena and managed by the USC School of Architecture. The first of four […]


Winds & Percussion students shine around the globe

November 6, 2016

Students of the USC Thornton oboe studio have been excelling internationally in recent months. Masters student Bhavani Kotha was a finalist for the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic Institute and was the only American who advanced to the finals. Kotha was also awarded 2nd Place in the Enkor International Young Musicians Competition in London for the Wind […]


Alumnus Rémy Taghavi works in NYC schools through Carnegie Hall fellowship

November 2, 2016

ABC News of New York City is currently streaming a web video featuring bassoonist and USC Thornton Winds & Percussion alumnus Rémy Taghavi (BM ’12). A member of the Carnegie Hall Ensemble Connect fellowship program, which trains young professional musicians for teaching, leadership, and community engagement roles, Taghavi is featured in the video working with […]


Thornton musicians sweep Frances Walton Competition in Seattle

October 20, 2016

Mezzo-soprano and USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera graduate student Lesley Baird (MM ’15) was a winner of the 2016 Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, where she was accompanied by pianist and Keyboard Collaborative Arts DMA candidate Jasper Jimenez (MM ’13, GCRT ’15). Since winning the competition in July, the duo has presented several area […]


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