News from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Eva Beneke appointed associate professor of guitar at Norwegian Academy of Music

November 12, 2018

Alumnus Eva Beneke (DMA ’12) has just been appointed associate professor of guitar at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. Beneke has been serving as a full-time professor on the faculty at McNallySmith College of Music in St. Paul Minnesota as well as the artistic director of Lowertown Classics, a chamber-music series.


Deutsche Grammophon releases Morten Lauridsen’s “Light Eternal”

November 9, 2018

Deutsche Grammophon’s “Light Eternal; The Choral Music of Morten Lauridsen” was released today. The new CD of Morten Lauridsen’s choral music was performed by The Chamber Choir of Europe and I Virtuosi Italiani conducted by Nicol Matt. Lauridsen spent a week in Kufstein, Austria last year to record with the 24-voice chorus comprised of singers […]


Patrice Rushen and Annenberg’s Josh Kun to present at Ableton Loop summit

November 7, 2018

November 9th-11th, Ableton will sponsor the Loop summit for music makers with three days of talks, performances and hands-on workshops aimed at sharing ideas on music and creative practice. Among the many musicians, creatives, and technologists in attendance will be Patrice Rushen, chair of USC Thornton’s Popular Music program, and Josh Kun, director of the […]


Jessica Hall serves as pianist and coach at Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland

November 6, 2018

Pianist and USC Thornton Keyboard Collaborative Arts alumna Jessica Hall (MM ’09, GC ’11, DMA ’14) has recently served as the principal coach and orchestral pianist for William Bolcom’s opera, Dinner at Eight, at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland. Hall has been involved with the piece since 2016, when it was workshopped at the […]


Tim Page helps verify Glenn Gould’s famous Bach score

November 2, 2018

The score for Glenn Gould’s iconic 1981 recording of Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations has resurfaced, and its authenticity has been verified by Tim Page, a professor at both the USC Thornton School of Music and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.  “I would call this the equivalent of a shooting script of a movie,” […]


Senior Logan Nelson wins at World Soundtrack Awards

November 2, 2018

USC Thornton Composition senior Logan Nelson has won the SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer from the World Soundtrack Academy. The annual competition calls for submissions of original symphonic film or TV scores and includes a cash prize of €2500. Nelson will have the opportunity to hear his winning […]


Keyboard Studies students honored at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers conference

November 1, 2018

Students and alumni of USC Thornton’s Keyboard Studies program recently enjoyed an excellent showing at the 50th annual California Association of Professional Music Teachers’ (CAPMT) state conference in Torrance. DMA candidate Daniel Linder won the award for Article of the Year in CAPMT Connect, the organization’s official peer-reviewed journal, for “A Multisensory Approach to Memorization,” […]


YuEun Kim and Sung Chang take 2nd Prize at Boulder duo competition

October 30, 2018

Violinist YuEun Kim (GCRT ’15, ARTD ’17) and pianist Sung Chang (GCRT ’17), have been jointly awarded 2nd prize at the Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado. The USC Thornton alumni performed the 2nd movement of Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 Enjoy a video of their winning performance below: Kim, […]


H. Robert Reynolds to launch dedicated conducting institute at the Midwest Clinic

October 29, 2018

This December, H. Robert Reynolds, principal conductor of the USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, will debut the Reynolds Conducting Institute as part of the 72nd annual Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago. Reynolds, along with clinician Kevin Sedatole, will lead the selective two-day intensive program to cultivate advanced skills in band conducting and […]


Morten Lauridsen receives 2018 Half Century Trojans Hall of Fame Award

October 26, 2018

On Tuesday, October 23rd, noted composer and USC Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen was one of six alumni to receive the Half Century Trojans Hall of Fame Award from the USC Alumni Association. The Hall of Fame awards are given each year to alumni who graduated 50+ years ago and exemplify the ideals of the Trojan […]


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