News from the 2008-2009 Academic Year

Jason Issokson Awarded Second Prize in the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition

June 1, 2009

Thornton student Jason Issokson was awarded second prize in the XVI International Violin Compeition “Andrea Postacchini” in Fermo, Italy. No first prize was given. Issokson was also on tour in Albania during the month of may. From the studio of Professor Midori Goto.

USC Thornton student Patrick Murray selected as a Fulbright Scholar

May 4, 2009

Patrick Murray of Henderson, N.C., will complete his bachelor of music in vocal arts in May. He will spend a year in Vienna, Austria, exploring the lieder of Schubert in which the composer combined the use of different voices. Murray is particularly interested in how the genre of lieder, unlike others, allows the singer to […]

Thornton Students’ Band to Appear on Bones

May 1, 2009

Thornton music industry students Luke Hall, Peter Potyondy, and Tien Nguyen appeared on the finale of Fox TV show Bones on May 14, 2009. Their band, Dayplayer, performed two original songs under the stage name Gormogon. The studio recordings of these songs will be available online after the episode airs at

Courtney Huffman to Light Up Carnegie Hall in Celebration of American Song

May 1, 2009

Thornton alumna Courtney Huffman makes her Carnegie Hall debut in a recital of American Songs on Thursday, June 18, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. Huffman is from the studio of Elizabeth Hynes. The recital also features recent graduate Tali Tadmore (from the studio of Kevin Fitz-Gerald) on piano. View the press release

USC Thornton Symphony musicians involved in the filming of The Soloist

April 22, 2009

Sixty musicians from the USC Thornton orchestras were involved in the filming of the new DreamWorks picture The Soloist opening on April 24. The orchestras’ music director and past USC Thornton dean, Larry Livingston, said “it’s truly a testament to the high performance level of the Thornton student,” and continued by declaring “what better way […]

American Academy of Arts and Letters inducts Stephen Hartke

April 21, 2009

Two USC Distinguished Professors, writer T. Coraghessan Boyle of USC College and composer Stephen Hartke of the USC Thornton School of Music, have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters – a lifetime appointment to an elite club of the nation’s most distinguished practitioners of architecture, art, literature and music. This is […]

USC Thornton celebration begins

April 9, 2009

USC Thornton’s quasquicentennial will be celebrated with more than 50 events that will span 125 days, beginning in August. The official launch begins overseas when several USC Thornton chamber music students travel to France to participate in the Franco-Américaines de Musique de Chambre in Missillac, France. On campus, the anniversary kicks off with an all-night […]

Peter Erskine and James Walker receive 2009 USC Mellon Mentoring Award

April 1, 2009

USC Mellon Mentoring Awards are given to faculty members for their extraordinary efforts at building a sustainable culture of mentoring at USC on all three campuses. Peter Erskine was awarded in the graduate student category and James Walker in the undergraduate category.

Upcoming performances by Thornton alumni quartet

April 1, 2009

The Calder Quartet, made up of cellist Eric Byers (BM ’03), violist Jonathan Moerschel (BM ’01, MM ’03), and violinists Benjamin Jacobson (BM ’01) and Andrew Bulbrook (BA ’02), can be seen in the following upcoming performances: April 14, 2009 with the Airborne Toxic Event on The Tonight Show April 17, 2009 with the Airborne […]

Thornton classical guitar students reach international semi-finals

April 1, 2009

Thornton students Ed Trybek (DMA) and Colin Davin (BM) were announced as semi-finalists among an impressive international field in the prestigious Christopher Parkening Classical Guitar Competition. The competition will conclude May 26-31 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, and the winners will perform with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. View competition information

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