Winds and Percussion News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Thornton brass musicians join prestigious military ensembles

June 25, 2018

Two USC Thornton musicians have recently joined bands in the nation’s capital. Jake Kraft (BM ’14) took a trombone position with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” while trumpeter and masters candidate Seth Johnson joined the United States Navy Concert Band and Ceremonial Band. Johnson described the position with the Navy’s premiere ensemble as […]


Alumnus J.G. Miller premieres new U.S. Cyber Command march

May 23, 2018

USC Thornton alumnus, Staff Sergeant J.G. Miller (DMA ’13, Horn), was recently invited to compose a new march for the U.S. Cyber Command, which was premiered on May 4th by the United States Army Field Band in a ceremony at Fort Meade, Maryland. The march can be here in this video at 58:00. Miller is […]


Alumnus Garrett McQueen becomes Classical 24 radio host

May 16, 2018

Garrett McQueen (MM ’12, Bassoon), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion program, recently joined the hosting team of Classical 24, a nationally-syndicated radio program produced by American Public Media and Public Radio International. McQueen, who formerly hosted “The Afternoon Concert” on Knoxville’s WUOT-FM, is also an accomplished musician, performing with the St. […]


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 […]


Jennifer Marotta featured on trumpet podcast

May 2, 2018

Trumpet player and USC Thornton faculty member Jennifer Marotta was recently featured as a guest on The Other Side of the Bell, a trumpet-focused podcast produced by Bob Reeves Brass of Valencia. Marotta spoke extensively about her history with the instrument, her performance career, and professional affiliations. Marotta and her husband, faculty member Thomas Hooten, […]


Frank Ticheli’s music makes a broad impact

April 23, 2018

USC Thornton alumnus James Zimmerman (BM ’04), principal clarinetist of the Nashville Symphony, recently published a video detailing production of the ensemble’s 2018 recording of a clarinet concerto by composer and faculty member Frank Ticheli. The previously-unrecorded work was included on the ensemble’s album of wind concertos, recorded under music director Giancarlo Guerrero, and released […]


Yoon Joo Hwang appointed to University of Central Florida faculty

March 28, 2018

Bassoonist and USC Thornton graduate student Yoon Joo Hwang was recently appointed Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) at the University of Central Florida, where she will begin teaching in the fall.


Eric Abramovitz named associate principal/Eb clarinetist of the Toronto Symphony

March 16, 2018

Clarinetist Eric Abramovitz, a graduate student of USC Thornton Winds & Percussion faculty member Yehuda Gilad, was recently named associate principal/Eb clarinetist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This new appointment comes less than a year after he won a position with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and took 1st prize for Classical Clarinet at the 2017 […]


Anna Lenhart earns principal horn position

March 15, 2018

USC Thornton Winds & Percussion alumna Anna Lenhart (MM ’17) recently won the position of principal horn with the Hawaii Symphony. During her studies at USC, Lenhart was a member of the Scholarship Woodwind Quintet and also participated in the Music Academy of the West Orchestra, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Debut Orchestra, the […]


Jim Self artist in residence at Knoxville

February 21, 2018

Tuba player and USC Thornton faculty member Jim Self is currently serving as Artist in Residence at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, where he taught from 1969-75. In addition to serving as principal tuba with the Pacific and Pasadena Symphonies, as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and L.A. Opera Orchestra, Self has notably performed on […]


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