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… Continue reading USC Thornton student Patrick Murray selected as a Fulbright Scholar

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… Continue reading USC Thornton Symphony musicians involved in the filming of The Soloist

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… Continue reading American Academy of Arts and Letters inducts Stephen Hartke

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… Continue reading USC Thornton celebration begins

Resonance: an Interdisciplinary Music Journal

April 1, 2009

Edited by graduate students at the USC Thornton School, Resonance announces the publication of the Spring 2009 issue of our online journal. The new issue features articles on the problems of composing with Finale by DMA composition candidate Francis Kayali, Italian renaissance madrigals by PhD candidate Eric Schneeman, and a profile of recent DMA composition… Continue reading Resonance: an Interdisciplinary Music Journal

Krieger’s students sweep competition

April 1, 2009

Four of Norman Kriger’s piano students swept the Phi Beta, Pi Iota Chapter of Los Angeles Piano Scholarship Auditions. Hyun-soo Lee (GS), Fang-Fang Shi Inouye (DMA), Benjamin Hopkins (BM), and Keenan Reesor (MM) won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, respectively.

NATSAA Winner Courtney Huffman Carnegie Hall Debut

April 1, 2009

2008 NATS Artist Award winner, soprano Courtney Huffman (’07), will make her Carnegie Hall Solo Recital Debut on Thursday, June 18. Read the press release