News from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

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The Strad presents digital tribute to Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

March 26, 2020

The Strad has put together a digital tribute to the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, which was scheduled to take place March 13-22 at USC. As the event’s official media partner, The Strad expressed appreciation for those who worked diligently to organize the festival, writing: “…we know the amount of effort that artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum and […]


A Message from Dean Cutietta to the Students, Faculty, and Staff of USC Thornton

March 20, 2020

Our world has changed quickly in the last week, and more changes are to come. What is clear is that the proactive efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus is upending all of our lives. On Monday morning, March 23, we begin a new era. Our entire educational mission will move online. Students, […]


A Letter from Dean Cutietta

March 13, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff of USC Thornton, If you had told me a week ago I’d be writing to you with so many updates of our school’s cancellations, I would not have believed it. Like you, I have been shocked and dismayed by the news, but also heartened by our community’s response. Faculty have […]


The USC Thornton School of Music announces cancellation of Popular Music Senior Showcase

March 12, 2020

The USC Thornton School of Music has canceled the Popular Music Senior Showcase, scheduled to take place Friday, March 13 at the El Rey Theatre. “We are so disappointed to have to cancel this event,” said Robert Cutietta, Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music. “We explored every option—from a performance without an audience, […]


University of Southern California cancels Piatigorsky International Cello Festival 

March 11, 2020

The University of Southern California has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, scheduled to take place March 13-22. The University made the decision as a precaution due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 virus and its impact on large scale events and gatherings. In a memo at 6:30 pm on Tues., March […]


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HOCKET announced as new Piano Spheres Core Artist

March 10, 2020

USC Thornton alumni duo HOCKET has been named the latest addition to Piano Spheres’ roster of Core Artists, the first to be added to the concert series’ roster in 26 years. Piano Spheres was founded in 1994 by pianist and former USC faculty member Leonard Stein with the goal of showcasing new music for the […]


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Thornton artists feature prominently in LACO’s recently announced 2020-21 season

March 9, 2020

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has announced its 2020-21 season, the “Season of the Violin,” which prominently features a number of USC Thornton artists, many of whom have enjoyed long relationships with the orchestra. Nov. 14 and 15, Keyboard Studies faculty member and LACO’S Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane, who previously served for 20 years […]


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Angela Meade receives glowing reviews for “Roberto Devereux” performance

March 6, 2020

Vocal Arts & Opera alum and highly renowned soprano Angela Meade (MM ’04) received glowing reviews for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in LA Opera’s production of “Roberto Devereux.” OperaWire praised her vocal performance and stage presence, writing: “Soprano Angela Meade offered a riveting performance as the Queen displaying the widest range of emotions […]


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Nina C. Young featured in New York Times review

March 5, 2020

USC Thornton Composition faculty member Nina C. Young premiered a new composition as a part of the New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 concert series on Feb. 5. Young’s piece, “Tread Softly,” premiered on the opening night of the series, and was featured by The New York Times. Young, a composer and sound artist who joined […]


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Andrew Prahlow nominated for BAFTA Games Award

March 4, 2020

Screen Scoring alum Andrew Prahlow’s (GCRT ’11) soundtrack of the video game “Outer Wilds” has been nominated for a 2020 BAFTA Games Award. The nomination follows other recent nods for the game’s music, including a Golden Joystick Award nomination for Best Audio and a Jerry Goldsmith Award nomination for Best Score. Prahlow’s music for the […]


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