News from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Alumnus Carlos Rafael Rivera receives two Emmy nominations

July 20, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Carlos Rafael Rivera (MM ’04, DMA ’10) has received two Emmy Award nominations for his work on the Netflix limited series, Godless. Rivera’s music has been nominated in the categories of Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series, Movie or Special (Original Dramatic […]


Ted Hearne premieres new work with Michael Tilson Thomas and the National Youth Symphony

July 19, 2018

On Thursday, July 19th, the National Youth Orchestra of the USA will premiere a new work by composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne, under the baton of alumnus Michael Tilson Thomas (BM ’67, MM ’76), a Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC. Hearne’s Brass Tacks was commissioned by Carnegie Hall, where the […]


Pianist Robert Thies named Artistic Director of South Bay Chamber Music Society

July 18, 2018

Pianist Robert Thies (BM ’93, MM ’95), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, has been appointed Artistic Director of the South Bay Chamber Music Society, which presents about 15 concerts each season in venues across the South Bay. Thies won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in 1995 and […]


Michael Lee premieres chamber work with New Orleans Chamber Orchestra

July 17, 2018

In June, composer and USC Thornton alumnus Michael Lee’s (DMA ’17) chamber work for strings and piano, Echoes for Strings and Piano, received its world premiere at the Marigny Opera House by the New Orleans Chamber Orchestra. Lee was the winner of the ensemble’s Spectri Sonori Composition Competition. Lee’s 2015 work for classical guitar, Unmasked, […]


Musicologist Alison Maggart joins UT Austin faculty

July 16, 2018

Alison Maggart (PhD ’17), a graduate of the USC Thornton Musicology program, has been named assistant professor of instruction at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music. Maggart has previously taught at California State University, Northridge, the Colburn Conservatory, and the KM Music Conservatory in India, among others. Maggart’s research is focused […]


Nate Sloan featured in “All Things Considered” piece

July 12, 2018

Nate Sloan, a new member of the USC Thornton Musicology faculty, was recently featured by NPR’s All Things Considered as part of their “American Anthem” series, exploring the roots of international soccer’s favorite sports anthem, “Seven Nation Army.” The 2003 song, by The White Stripes, features a catchy electric guitar riff that has become a […]


Alumnus Andrew Goldman publishes neurological research about improvisational musicianship

July 10, 2018

Andrew Goldman (’08), a piano performance and neuroscience alumnus of USC Thornton and USC Dornsife, recently published a research paper, “Improvisation experience predicts how musicians categorize musical structures,” in the Psychology of Music journal. Goldman, who earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge, is currently a Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience at Columbia […]


Rainer Crosett wins prestigious Pierre Fournier Cello Award

July 6, 2018

Cellist Rainer Crosett (GCRT ’17), currently a graduate student of USC Thornton Strings chair Ralph Kirshbaum, has won the 2018 Pierre Fournier Award, one of the top honors in the field. Crosett will receive a £5000 cash award, a recital engagement at London’s Wigmore Hall, a concerto performance with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, and an […]


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