News from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Senior Logan Nelson finalist for World Soundtrack award

September 18, 2018

The World Soundtrack Academy organizes a composition contest every year for young, international film composers. If selected, the composer will write a symphonic score for a selected film or TV excerpt and will be given the SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer, worth $2500. This year, USC Thornton Composition […]


Sharon Lavery conducts for “the Future is Female” concert event

September 14, 2018

USC Thornton faculty member and resident conductor Sharon Lavery recently led the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra in performance at the historic Wiltern Theatre for the second annual The Future is Female concert event. Organized by KCRW in association with Live Nation and The Alliance for Women Composers, the concert featured music by 12 women composers, including […]


Giovanni Santos premieres new work in Costa Mesa

September 14, 2018

This November, the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble will premiere Giovanni Santos’ (MM ’07, Music Education) latest work, Fanfariaat, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. The composer, who serves as Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, has premiered works across the United States and Europe. In January, […]


Delirium Musicum chamber ensemble announces call for scores

September 12, 2018

Delirium Musicum, a conductorless chamber ensemble founded by violinist and USC Thornton alumnus Etienne Gara, has announced a call for scores open to composers of any age and nationality. The deadline for submission is October 15, 2018 with the works to be premiered in a February concert. The ensemble, which won the 2018 Beverly Hills […]


Alumnus Robert Lydecker scores second season of “Iron Fist”

September 11, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Robert Lydecker (BM ’08 Composition, GCRT ’09 Film Scoring), scored the second season of the Netlix original series Iron Fist, which premiered September 7th. Lydecker also co-scored two seasons of ABC’s Designated Survivor with composer Sean Callery, and co-composed the score for the 2017 film XXX: Return of Xander Cage […]


Frank Ticheli inducted into the University of Michigan’s Hall of Fame

September 10, 2018

Frank Ticheli, a member of USC Thornton’s Composition faculty, was recently inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Fame, alongside fellow alum and renowned soprano, Jessye Norman. Ticheli, who graduated with a Master’s in trumpet and composition in 1983 and a DMA in composition in 1987, has gained worldwide recognition for his works for […]


Suzi Digby’s choral ensemble winds Opus Klassik award

September 7, 2018

The ORA Singers, a UK ensemble led by USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music faculty member Suzi Digby, recently earned Best Ensemble of the Year at the Opus Klassik Awards. The London-based ensemble, currently in residence at LSO St. Luke’s, earned the award for its Many Are the Wonders album, which features music by Thomas […]


The Yellowjackets to release new album

September 6, 2018

The Los Angeles-based jazz quartet, the Yellowjackets, will release a new album on September 14th. The group, which includes three USC Thornton faculty – saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, and drummer Will Kennedy – along with bassist Dane Alderson, has recorded close to 30 albums, been nominated for 17 GRAMMY Awards, and has been […]


Pianist Yuhan Yeh earns silver at International Keyboard Odyssiad

September 6, 2018

Yuhan Yeh, a current doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program and a student of Bernadene Blaha, recently won the silver medal in the concerto division of the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition & Festival in Fort Collins, Colorado. The five day event features internationally-renowned guest artists and pianists in daily masterclasses and presentations […]


Alumnus Jules Pegram premieres new opera

September 5, 2018

USC Thornton alumnus Jules Pegram (BM ’13, Composition) recently composed, produced, and conducted two performances of Higher Ground, a sixty-minute, one act opera with a libretto by North Carolina-based writer Jim Whiteside. Scored for seven principal vocalists, SATB chorus, and chamber orchestra, the opera was fully staged on April 4 & 5, 2018 at the […]


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