News from the 2006-2007 Academic Year

USC Thornton alumna Audrey Solomon profiled in USC Trojan Family Magazine

May 15, 2007

Audrey Solomon, a violinist who earned both a master’s degree in musical performance and a graduate certificate from USC Thornton, was recently profiled in the USC Trojan Family Magazine. She is an award-winning, in-demand classical violinist, member of the acclaimed Blue Rose Trio, fusion fiddler, and winner of the 2000 Miss Alaska competition and contestant […]


USC Thornton student Colin Koproske named USC valedictorian for 2007

May 1, 2007

Colin Koproske, a Jazz Studies major, has been named USC valedictorian for 2007. A Trustee Scholar, he came to USC almost exclusively as a musician – he took up the piano at the age of 5 and has been playing drums since he was 12. But he knew as a freshman that there were other […]


Ella Fitzgerald Celebrated at Galen Center

April 19, 2007

On April 29th, the Galen Center will host a birthday party for the first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, and jazz studies professor Shelly Berg will direct USC Thornton musicians in a performance featuring vocalists including Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Wynonna Judd and Patti Austin as well as musicians Quincy Jones, James Moody and many […]


Collaboration drives the USC Thornton Opera department’s latest opera Miss Lonelyhearts

April 13, 2007

On April 20-22, the USC Thornton School of Music’s opera program will present the West Coast premiere of Miss Lonelyhearts, written by Lowell Liebermann with libretto by J.D. McClatchy. The produciton is the result of an unusual collaboration among USC Thornton, the Juilliard School and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Read […]


The John Lennon Educational Tour bus visits the USC campus

March 27, 2007

The John Lennon Educational Tour bus came to the USC campus in February, parked in front of Doheny Memorial Library and opened its doors to USC Thornton School of Music students to spend a day writing and recording a song and shooting a video to accompany it. “It was wonderful to see our students immerse […]


USC Thornton faculty and alumni win Grammys

March 12, 2007

USC Thornton faculty and alumni were well represented at this year’s Grammy Awards. Click here for a complete list of Thornton faculty, alumni nominees and winners at the 2007 GRAMMY Awards; also see USC News Story: Thornton Faculty, Alums Win Grammys.


USC Thornton professor Shelly Berg gives a groundbreaking bicoastal piano lesson

February 15, 2007

USC Thornton School jazz studies professor Shelly Berg gave a groundbreaking piano lesson recently at the Anaheim Convention Center with jazz pianist Tom McEvoy who was 3,000 miles away in New York City, sitting at an identical Yamaha Disklavier Mark IV piano and connected via the Internet to Berg in Anaheim. Read the article


A conversation with Midori

January 31, 2007

The internationally known violinist and USC Thornton faculty member reflects on her teaching philosophy, the nation’s musical health and the importance of reaching out to young performers. Read the article


Thornton student named Marshall Scholar

November 22, 2006

Colin Koproske, a multifaceted senior majoring in political science and music performance, has been named a 2007 Marshall Scholar. Read the article


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