News from the 2010-2011 Academic Year

USC Marching Band featured on Fox Sports website

June 22, 2011

Fox Sports feature the USC Marching Band and their search for the new Tommy Trojan, the leader of the USC Marching Band. The article quoted current drum major, USC student Timothy Larson, about his experience leading the band, and the potential new leaders about their audition process. Read the article

Michael Kudirka appointed Interlochen instructor

June 22, 2011

Thornton DMA candidate Michael Kudirka has been appointed guitar instructor by the Interlochen Arts Academy, the first full-time guitar position in the Academy’s history. Kudirka will provide “greater student access and more guitar offerings going forward,” said Dr. Kedrik Merwin Director of Music at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Read the article

Tim Page publishes Carnegie Hall Treasures

June 6, 2011

Carnegie Hall Treasures, the new book from Pulizer Prize winning music writer and Thornton faculty Tim Page is now available and featured on the Carnegie Hall website. Carnegie Hall Treasures is the story of the world’s most famous musical institution, accompanied by informative, entertaining anecdotes. Watch him introduce the book and explain his longtime connection… Continue reading Tim Page publishes Carnegie Hall Treasures

Rod Gilfry featured in The New York Times

May 12, 2011

The New York Times reviewed the New York premiere of “August 4, 1964”, a 70-minute oratorio that, while written to commemorate the centennial of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s birth, also grapples with conflicting strands of the president’s legacy. USC Thornton faculty member Rod Gilfry performed the part of Johnson, accompanied by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra… Continue reading Rod Gilfry featured in The New York Times

Stephen Hartke featured in the Los Angeles Times

May 11, 2011

Los Angeles Times reported that Hear Now: A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers included work by USC Thornton faculty member Stephen Hartke. Hear Now took place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the First Lutheran Church of Venice. Read the article

Christopher Sampson quoted in the Los Angeles Times

May 10, 2011

Los Angeles Times quoted USC Thornton associate dean Christopher Sampson about the Library of Congress opening portions of its music and spoken-word archive to public streaming. Read the article

Derik Nelson featured in The Washington Post

May 10, 2011

The Washington Post highlighted “Take Chances,” an original song written by USC Thornton student Derik Nelson. Read the article

Samantha Ancona featured in USC News

May 9, 2011

USC News featured USC Thornton student Samantha Ancona, who graduated this year with a perfect 4.0 GPA in both biological sciences and oboe performance. Read the article

Bob Mintzer & the Thornton Jazz Orchestra featured in Jazz Times

May 6, 2011

Jazz Times highlighted Bob Mintzer & the Thornton Jazz Orchestra in a video interview, as they spent a day in the studio to record an album. This is the first in a series of videos showcasing the TJO and jazz program at Thornton. Read the article

Gerald Clayton mentioned in The New York Times

May 6, 2011

The New York Times noted that USC Thornton alumnus Gerald Clayton, BM’07 in Jazz Studies, released his second jazz album, Bond: The Paris Sessions. Read the article