Strings News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Francisco Fullana takes top prize at Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition

April 30, 2015

Francisco Garcia Fullana (GCRT, ’15) recently won the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Nagoya, Japan, a biennial competition open to international candidates under the age of 25. In addition to winning first prize, Fullana also won the audience prize, the Prize of the Central Aichi Orchestra and the Special Prize from Mr. Munetsugu, himself. As […]

Violist Donald McInnes interviewed by Ovation Press

April 23, 2015

USC Thornton alumnus, retired faculty member and performer Donald McInnes was recently interviewed by Ovation Press, an internet-based music publisher. In the interview, McInnes spoke about his career as both a concert violist and as a teacher. “I have always been passionate about sharing my experiences performing in a way that helps my students to […]

Thornton alumni perform on Grammy winning Partch album

March 12, 2015

USC Thornton alumni Alison Bjorkedal (MM ’05, DMA ’08, harp) and Nick Terry (DMA ’11, percussion) performed on the Partch ensemble’s Grammy award-winning album, Plectra & Percussion Dances. In addition to performing with Partch, Bjorkedal teaches harp and is a member of Southwest Chamber Music, Golden State Pops Orchestra and MUSE/IQUE. Terry performs with the […]

Glenn Dicterow featured in San Francisco Chronicle

March 6, 2015

The San Francisco Chronicle featured USC Thornton faculty Glenn Dicterow, noting that he would perform with the New Century Chamber Orchestra in the Bay Area this week. After more than three decades as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Dicterow joined the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 2013 as the first […]

Arnold Steinhardt visits USC Thornton for chamber music masterclass

March 2, 2015

Renowned violinist Arnold Steinhardt, a founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, visited USC Thornton for a chamber music masterclass on Feb. 20 at Simon Ramo Recital Hall. Steinhardt, who is a professor of violin and chamber music at Bard College, Curtis Institute, The Colburn School and University of Maryland, coached three student chamber groups, […]

USC Thornton faculty harpist JoAnn Turovsky featured in The Opera League of Los Angeles newsletter

January 26, 2015

USC Thornton harp faculty JoAnn Turovsky, was featured in a piece for The Opera League of Los Angeles newsletter, BRAVO, detailing her career as a harpist in the Los Angeles Opera. In it, Turovsky – who began playing the harp at seven – describes her work in the LA Chamber Orchestra, the LA Master Chorale, […]

Roger Myers elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London

January 20, 2015

Thornton alum Roger Myers (BM ’90, MM ’92), a professor of viola at the University of Texas at Austin, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London in November of 2014. The Royal Society of arts describes itself as a worldwide community of achievers from a wide array of backgrounds and […]

Green Umbrella performance features USC Thornton faculty Brian Head, Marion Kuszyk and student Eric Jacobs

January 14, 2015

The Los Angeles Times reviewed the L.A. Phil’s Green Umbrella series concert in December featuring a program of new music by composers from Germany, Switzerland and Italy as well as a mid-20th century classic by Karlheinz Stockhausen. Titled the “European Avant-Garde,” the concert featured Thornton faculty Brian Head, chair of the Classical Guitar program; Marion […]

Ruslan Biryukov celebrates Glendale Philharmonic’s 5th anniversary

January 14, 2015

The Glendale Philharmonic celebrated its fifth anniversary on Sat., Jan. 10 at the First Baptist Church of Glendale. A recent feature in the Los Angeles Daily News mentioned that non-degreed alumnus Ruslan Biryukov (GCRT, ARTD, violoncello) founded the Glendale Philharmonic 5 years ago and is now its artistic director. “Our mission,” says Biryukov of the […]

USC Thornton celebrates final Charles Dickens Dinner

January 5, 2015

Friends and fans of the USC Thornton School of Music celebrated the holiday season as they have for more than a quarter of a century – at the Charles Dickens Dinner. The Dec. 12 event, titled “Remembering Dickens Past,” raised money for scholarships. Three talented student musicians – Annelle Kazumi Gregory, Tina Huynh and Max […]

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