Vocal Arts and Opera News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Composer, exchange student Tuomas Kettunen shares collaborative work

June 29, 2018

Finnish composer Tuomas Kettunen, a master’s student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, recently concluded a semester as an exchange student at USC Thornton, where he studied with Donald Crockett and took classes in orchestration, game scoring, and music technology. Kettunen shared the fruits of his work from the Writer-Composer class, led by Lisa Sylvester, […]


Rod Gilfry warmly reviewed for “Crossing”

June 4, 2018

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera faculty, recently starred in a concert presentation of Matthew Aucoin’s opera, Crossing, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Produced by the LA Opera, the work was inspired by poet Walt Whitman’s experiences during the Civil War […]


Two Thornton Vocal Arts alumna lead Tulsa “Turandot”

May 17, 2018

Sopranos Jessica Rose Cambio (MM ’06) and Alexandra Loutsion (MM ’08), both graduates of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program, recently starred in the Tulsa Opera’s production of Turandot, which ran from April 27th-29th. Loutsion and Cambio portrayed Turandot and Liù, respectively, under the baton of conductor James Lowe. Cambio debuted the role […]


Los Angeles premiere of Mark Weiser opera at Art Share L.A.

May 15, 2018

The Place Where You Started, a chamber opera by USC Thornton Composition faculty member Mark Weiser with a libretto by Amy S. Punt, will be performed in collaboration with the Helix Collective, May 17-19 at Art Share L.A. The multimedia work, Weiser’s fourth opera, explores tensions around race and class. His previous opera, Where Angels […]


Rod Gilfry stars in Matthew Aucoin opera

May 8, 2018

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera faculty, will star in Matthew Aucoin’s opera, Crossing, on May 25th and 26th at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. Produced in concert by the LA Opera, the work is inspired by poet Walt Whitman’s experiences during […]


Video of Somang Jeagal in recital at the Greystone Mansion

May 7, 2018

The Music in the Mansion concert series, which presents chamber music at the historical Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, recently published a video showcasing a February performance by pianist and 2018 Outstanding Graduate Somang Jeagal (AD ’15, GCRT ’17, MM ’18). The Keyboard Collaborative Arts student and three-time Beverly Hills National Auditions winner was joined […]


Vocal Arts alumni to be featured in Long Beach Opera production

April 30, 2018

Three alumni of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts program, mezzo-soprano Kira Dills-Desurra (’10), tenor Gibran Mahmud (MM ’17), and soprano Alexandra Martinez Turano (MM ’16), will be featured in the Long Beach Opera’s production of The Love Potion by composer Frank Martin. Based on the Celtic legends made famous in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, the […]


Soprano Shana Blake Hill to perform with Verdi Chorus

April 16, 2018

USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumna Shana Blake Hill (MM ’12) will perform as a featured guest soloist in the Verdi Chorus’s 35th anniversary concert, “The Force of Destiny,” on April 28th and 29th. The Santa Monica-based ensemble is directed by Anne Marie Ketchum and the program will feature excepts from La Forza del Destino, Nabucco, […]


Vocal Arts alumna receives National Institutes of Health research grant

March 30, 2018

Dr. Reyna Gordon (BM ’01), an alumna of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts program, was recently awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to expand her research on “Mapping the Genetic and Neural Architecture of Human Rhythm and Communication Traits.” Gordon, who is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Psychology and Director of the […]


San Bernadino Symphony presents “An Evening with Rod Gilfry”

March 22, 2018

Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of USC Thornton’s Vocal Arts & Opera faculty, will be featured in concert with the San Bernadino Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 24th, presenting a program of Mozart overtures and arias. Guest conductor Richard Giangiulio will lead the concert with Gilfry, who is highly regarded for his performances of Mozart’s […]


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