News from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Remi Wolf

Remi Wolf featured in LA Times

June 30, 2020

Remi Wolf (BM ’18), an alum of USC Thornton’s Popular Music program, was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times in an article highlighting her recent releases. After signing with Island Records earlier this year, Wolf released her first major label EP on June 24 called I’m Allergic to Dogs! The article highlights Wolf’s vocal […]


Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen to speak at Justice Comes Alive virtual festival

June 25, 2020

Patrice Rushen, chair of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, will appear as a featured speaker at the Justice Comes Alive virtual music festival on Sunday, June 28. The donation-based event will feature performances by a lineup of more than 50 artists, and featured speakers such as Rushen in conversation about how to eliminate racial […]


Frank Ticheli

Choirs from around the world perform Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song” in global project

June 22, 2020

In a call to unity during difficult times, a collective of 21 choirs from around the world premiered a performance of “Earth Song,” by Composition faculty member Frank Ticheli, a piece that has resonated with many artists since the pandemic began. The ensemble of 167 singers came together virtually for the “Sing Around The gloBe” […]


Garrett McQueen

Garrett McQueen talks Trilloquy podcast and resisting the status quo in Rewire interview

June 21, 2020

Bassoonist, radio host and USC Thornton alum Garrett McQueen (MM ’12) discusses the origins and work behind his classical music podcast, Trilloquy, in a recent interview with Rewire. Hosted by McQueen and his collaborator, Scott Blankenship, the podcast takes on subjects not often addressed in conversations around classical music, such as the intersection of classical […]


Emily Cooley

Emily Cooley and Sturdivant Adams awarded 2020 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

June 20, 2020

USC Thornton Composition alum Emily Cooley (MM ’14) and Screen Scoring alum Sturdivant Adams (MM ’19) have both been awarded the 2020 Morton Gould Young Composer Award. The national juried competition honors composers of original, classical concert music under the age of 30. Cooley received the award in recognition of her piece titled “Dissolve.” Adams […]


Judith Farmer

LACMA Sundays Live to air encore performance featuring Bernadene Blaha and Judith Farmer

June 19, 2020

Sunday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m., a 2018 performance by the Los Angeles Piano Sextet, featuring USC Thornton faculty members Bernadene Blaha and Judith Farmer, will be aired as a part of LACMA Sundays Live. The performance was originally performed in LACMA’s Bing Theater, and includes a selection of music by Mozart, Thuille, and Poulenc. […]


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Thornton faculty and alumni join MusiCares relief benefit

June 18, 2020

USC Thornton faculty members and alumni are among the many artists and composers contributing their talents to “Soundtrack of Our Lives: A Celebration for the Film & TV Music Community,” an online benefit show for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Screen Scoring alum Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ’12), Composition alumni Austin Wintory (BM ’07) and Michael […]


Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff

HOCKET launches new commission series #What2020SoundsLike

June 17, 2020

USC Thornton alumni Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15) and Thomas Kotcheff (MM ’12, DMA ‘19), who together form piano duo HOCKET, have launched a new commission series called #What2020SoundsLike. They have commissioned 50 composers to create new, short works between 15 and 45 seconds in length, which the duo will record and release on […]


Juan Pablo Contreras

Juan Pablo Contreras selected for New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices program

June 15, 2020

Juan Pablo Contreras, a doctoral candidate in Composition and Latin GRAMMY nominee, has been named one of six composers in New Music USA’s 2020 Amplifying Voices program. With support from Sphinx Venture Fund, the program partners with six lead orchestras to co-commission new orchestral works by composers whose voices are not often represented in orchestral […]


Doyoung Park

Doyoung Park wins online Quebec Music International Competition

June 11, 2020

Pianist Doyoung Park, a graduate certificate candidate in Keyboard Studies, was recently awarded First Prize in the Professional category of the online 2020 Quebec Music Competition. Park won the category with her performance of the fourth movement of Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26. Watch the performance that won Park her first […]


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