Choral and Sacred Music News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Work by Jason Michael Saunders (MM, ’14) reviewed in Choral Journal

June 11, 2014

“Monotone,” a choral composition by alumnus Jason Michael Saunders (MM, ’14), was reviewed in the most recent edition of the American Choral Directors Association publication, Choral Journal. “With beautifully conjunct phrasing and accessible yet interesting phrasing,” writes reviewer Steven Grives, “Saunders has created a choral setting that can be performed by both amateur and professional ensembles.”

Grant Gershon named Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale

May 16, 2014

The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced that Music Director and USC Thornton alumnus Grant Gershon will continue at the choir’s helm through the 2019-2020 season with the new title of Artistic Director.  Gershon’s title change from Music Director to Artistic Director reflects the highly regarded conductor’s expanded vision to redefine the choral experience.

Jenny Ching Yee Wong, DMA, selected to attend Oregon Bach Festival

March 25, 2014

Jenny Ching Yee Wong, DMA student in Choral Music, has been selected as one of 6-8 conductors worldwide to attend the prestigious Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon this summer. For three weeks, Jenny will be studying four major Bach choral-orchestral works and more with Helmuth Rilling and new artistic director Matthew Halls. Jenny will conduct the Festival Orchestra, choruses and […]

Alumnus Christian Campos profiled by The Eastsider LA

February 6, 2014

Recent alumnus Christian Campos, who earned his DMA in Choral Music, was profiled by local news outlet The Eastsider LA. The publication said Campos’ work ethic and artistic sensibilities “are breathing new life into an ancient musical styling.”

Rodger Guerrero, DMA, to conduct ACDA Regional Honor Choir

January 16, 2014

Rodger Guerrero, a current DMA student in Choral Music, will conduct the American Choral Directors Association’s California Central Region Mixed High School Honor Choir for the 2014 season. Guerrero currently leads choral groups at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles.

Music critics impressed by Britten “War Requiem” performance with USC Thornton musicians

November 27, 2013

The Los Angeles Times previewed and covered two performances of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” that were part of the Britten 100 celebration. Members of the USC Thornton Symphony, USC Thornton Chamber Singers, and USC Thornton Concert Choir joined LA Opera music director James Conlon, the Colburn Orchestra, and many other choirs in performances at Walt […]

James Conlon partners with USC Thornton students in celebration of Britten

October 9, 2013

The Wall Street Journal mentioned that conductor James Conlon has been performing with students from USC Thornton. As music director of the Los Angeles Opera, Conlon will lead a series of concerts honoring composer Benjamin Britten. Highlight performances this fall include the colossal War Requiem featuring USC Thornton choirs, and The Prodigal Son with members of the USC […]

Thornton Popular Music major appears on KCTV 5 News

September 23, 2013

KCTV 5 News featured popular music junior Nolan Frank for singing backup to Elton John at the Emmy Awards. John’s performance was part of a tribute to Librace whose life was told in the HBO biopic, Behind the Candelabra. As a piano player, Frank said John is an inspiration to him. “He’s been hugely influential […]

Grant Gershon and USC Thornton Symphony to collaborate with Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

September 12, 2013

Choral alumnus Grant Gershon and the USC Thornton Symphony were mentioned in Pasadena Now’s preview of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) 2013-2014 season. The chorus will join the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Gershon, for performances of Orff’s seminal Carmina Burana at Walt Disney Concert Hall. In addition, LACC will appear on the […]

Thornton faculty and students join Britten 100 LA

September 12, 2013

The Los Angeles Times ran an article about the many classical music events happening around Los Angeles this Fall that feature music with strong political underpinnings. The article mentioned that Thornton faculty and students will perform with Los Angeles Opera music director James Conlon at the Britten 100 festival throughout L.A. later this year.

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