News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Thomas Kolakowski wins Snare Drum Competition

September 20, 2017

Thomas Kolakowski, a USC Thornton master’s student in percussion, recently won the 10th Annual Modern Snare Drum Competition in Cleveland, Ohio. Kolakowski beat out a large field to win the competition, which takes place every year at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is sponsored by Pearl Drums. The organizers described it as “another inspiring […]


Paul Young profiled in the Daily Trojan

September 19, 2017

Paul Young (MM ’06, DMA ’09, Jazz Studies), director of USC Thornton’s Music Industry program, was recently profiled by the Daily Trojan on the launch of the school’s new Master of Science Degree in Music Industry. The article, “Paying it forward: Paul Young to lead Thornton program,” describes how Young crafted the curriculum for the […]


Percussionist Michael Daley joins the New World Symphony

September 13, 2017

Michael Daley (GRCT ’17), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion program, recently took a percussion position with the New World Symphony. The Miami-based ensemble, which is led by Artistic Director and alumnus Michael Tilson Thomas (BM ’67, MM ’76), prepares highly-gifted graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and […]


Jo-Michael Scheibe conducts South Korean choral ensemble

September 13, 2017

Jo-Michael Scheibe (DMA ‘85), chair of the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, recently completed a week-long residency conducting the Pohang City Choir in Pohang, South Korea. Scheibe is the first non-Korean conductor of the ensemble since its founding 40 years ago. The Pohang City Choir is a 45-member ensemble; one of 33 full-time, […]


Irene Apanovitch to present at Canadian choral conference

September 11, 2017

USC Thornton Choral Music DMA candidate Irene Apanovitch has been invited to present at the June 2018 Podium Conference for Choral Directors in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Her session, “How do singers relate? Uncovering the link between choral singing and empathy,” will explore the impact of emotional empathy on the choral rehearsal process.


Jules Pegram participates in Cabrillo Festival Composers Workshop

September 8, 2017

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Jules Pegram (BM ’13) was one of three artists selected for the Composers Workshop at the 2017 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz. Pegram worked with conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Thomas Sleeper, and Leonard Slatkin, along with mentor-composer Michael Gandolfi and other Cabrillo composers-in-residence. His work, L.A. GLOWS, inspired by […]


Andriana Balic named to list of “Female Music Professors that Inspire Us”

September 7, 2017

College Magazine recently included Adriana Balic on its list of “10 Female Music Professors that Inspire Us.” Balic, who is known for her performance work with pop superstar P!nk, teaches songwriting in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program. Balic has previously performed with artists, including Sheila E, Il Divo, Brenda Russell, Peabo Bryson, Norman Brown, Everett […]


Ted Hearne’s latest album reviewed in The New Yorker

September 5, 2017

The New Yorker recently reviewed a new album by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne, whom reviewer Russell Platt called “one of the brightest compositional talents of the millennial generation.” Sound from the Bench features four “fierce and timely” choral works recorded by the Philadelphia-based choir, the Crossing, and directed by Donald Nally. […]


Ken Cazan praised for production of Britten’s “The Burning Fiery Furnace”

August 31, 2017

USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera chair Ken Cazan’s recent production of Benjamin Britten’s The Burning Fiery Furnace at the Central City Opera in Boulder, Colorado, received high praise. “Cazan’s imaginative staging combined with Britten’s music makes the message universal,” the review stated. Cazan’s stage direction delivered a modern take on Britten’s opera “where the […]


Classical Guitar alum Evan Hirschelman releases new book

August 30, 2017

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumnus Evan Hirschelman (MM ’06) has released a new instructional book with publisher Hal Leonard, entitled “Classical Guitar Chops: Essential Licks & Exercises to Maximize Your Technique.” With a foreword written by Thornton faculty member Scott Tennant, the book features music by Bach, Albéniz, Paganini, Giuliani, and Sor. Hirschelman previously released […]


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