News from the 2012-2013 Academic Year

Alum Dino Meneghin Talks Scoring Teen Wolf

June 28, 2013

Dino Meneghin, a Studio/Jazz Guitar alum who toured with Michael Buble, was interviewed recently about scoring the hit show Teen Wolf. His music has included everything from junkyard percussion to howling dogs. learn more

Pianist Grace Xia Zhao Featured in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

June 28, 2013

USC Thornton alumna Grace Xia Zhao, who moved to the U.S. from China to attend Thornton, serves as the University of La Verne’s pianist-in-residence, director of keyboard studies, and piano professor. learn more

World Premiere of The Shore

June 28, 2013

The Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony present the world premiere of The Shore, the new work by Frank Ticheli and David St. John, at “The Moon, the Sea & the Stars” on June 1, 2013 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. (Pictured: David St. John, conductor John Alexander, Frank Ticheli).

Gina Luciani Named Featured Artist By Miyazawa Flutes

June 28, 2013

Thornton alumna Gina Luciani was interviewed recently as a featured artist with Miyazawa Flutes. An active freelance musician, Luciani has performed with a diverse array or artists, from the Golden State Pops to famed hip hop icons the Wu Tang Clan. learn more

New Music From Andrew Norman

June 28, 2013

Music in Circles III, a new piece by Thornton alum Andrew Norman, was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times. The composer-in-residence for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Norman’s composition was performed by LACO as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Brooklyn Festival. learn more

Songwriter David Foster’s advice to students: Don’t compromise

June 28, 2013

David Foster, a 16-time Grammy winner and three-time Oscar nominee, visited USC’s Carson Sound Stage in April to kick off the Songwriters Hall of Fame Master Sessions, part of a new partnership between USC Thornton and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. learn more

Nick Stoubis on LA Talk Radio

June 27, 2013

Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty Nick Stoubis was recently interviewed on the “Flo Guitar Enthusiasts Show” to talk about curriculum, courses, and how the changing music industry has affected music education. learn more

Frank Ticheli Premieres “The Shore”

June 11, 2013

“The Shore, Symphony No. 3,” a chorus and orchestra piece, was premiered by composition faculty Frank Ticheli and poet David St. John on June 1, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Together the pair teaches “Writer & Composer,” a course allowing collaboration between graduate-level poets and composers. “The Shore” was the centerpiece of Pacific… Continue reading Frank Ticheli Premieres “The Shore”

Larry Livingston Appears on The Moment

May 30, 2013

Chair of USC Thornton’s instrumental conducting program Larry Livingston appeared on the season finale of The Moment, a USA Network reality series hosted by former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner in which people are given the opportunity to realize their dreams and rewrite their life stories. In the episode, Livingston worked with aspiring conductor Phil Theodorou… Continue reading Larry Livingston Appears on The Moment

Peter Erskine Interviewed by DownBeat Magazine

May 1, 2013

Jazz studies faculty Peter Erskine was interviewed on his recently released ebook, No Beethoven, which is an autobiographical account of his time with the Weather Report. Read the article.