News from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Michael Lee commissioned by Ensemble Ari

August 21, 2019

Ensemble Ari will premiere USC Thornton alumnus Michael Lee’s (DMA ’17) “Ghost Break Dance” at the Friends of Chamber Music concert series at the University of the Pacific on September 22. The work was commissioned by the Bay Area ensemble. Additionally, a composition written by Lee while he was at USC, “Unmasked for Classical Guitar,” […]

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Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell perform as Vieness Piano Duo

August 20, 2019

The Vieness Piano Duo, which is comprised of USC Thornton alumnus Vijay Venkatesh (’17) and DMA candidate Eva Schaumkell, traveled from coast-to-coast this summer, performing in several concert series in Los Angeles and New Jersey. This included Le Salon de Musiques, Glendale’s Second Saturday and Music Guild series in Los Angeles as well as a […]

Yewon Lee appointed Music Director of San Diego Festival Chorus

August 15, 2019

Emerging conductor Yewon Lee will take the lead at the San Diego Festival Chorus as the newly appointed Music Director. Lee, a who is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music at USC Thornton, has garnered recognition for her work with the Baldwin Wallace Opera Theater and the National Opera Center in New […]

Bob Sheppard’s “The Fine Line” named album of the week

August 13, 2019

WRTI, a radio station in Philadelphia, recently named USC Thornton faculty member and saxophonist Bob Sheppard’s The Fine Line the jazz album of the week. The album, Sheppard’s fifth as a leader, features an eclectic range of tracks where the musician showcases his versatility by performing both tenor and soprano saxophone as well as on […]

Ken Cazan directs largest opera in history of Central City Opera House

August 9, 2019

Last month, Ken Cazan, the Resident Stage Director of the USC Thornton Opera, directed the Central City Opera’s Colorado debut of Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. CBS Denver featured a story of the performance, which with its 60 performers was the biggest show in the 140-year history of the Central City Opera House. “It’s more thrilling […]

Jane Bushmaker named Director of Royalty Audits at international accounting firm

August 9, 2019

USC Thornton Music Industry alumna Jane Bushmaker (’06) has been named Prager Metis CPAs’ newest Director in the Royalty Audit & Contract Compliance Group. Bushmaker joins the international accounting firm after serving as Senior Manager of Digital Audits at Royalty Review Council. In the role, Bushmaker will utilize her extensive experience in conducting royalty examinations […]

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Louis Cole continues collaboration with Bob Mintzer’s WDR Big Band

August 5, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Louis Cole (’09) and Genevieve Artadi, his partner in their celebrated electronic funk-pop band, Knower, have spent the summer collaborating with Bob Mintzer, chair of the USC Thornton Jazz Studies program, and his WDR Big Band. They most recently got together to create a wonderful video of a big band arrangement Mintzer […]

Henry Solomon

Henry Solomon performs in new HAIM video

August 2, 2019

USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Henry Solomon (’18) is featured prominently in the music video for HAIM’s new single, “Summer Girl,” that has surpassed over a million views in two days. Throughout the video, Solomon, who studied with Bob Mintzer while at USC Thornton, follows the Haim sisters, playing the saxophone, as they walk throughout […]

Jon Burlingame analyzes the menacing music of ‘Jaws’

August 1, 2019

The iconic “Duuun dun … duuun dun…” from the Jaws theme is the sounds most people hum think of shark attacks, according to USC Thornton faculty member John Burlingame in a USC News article in honor of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. “The music of Jaws was as responsible as filmmaker and Steven Spielberg’s imagery for […]

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USC Thornton community honors Alice Schoenfeld

July 31, 2019

On Sunday, July 28, the USC Thornton community celebrated the life of acclaimed violinist, teacher and philanthropist Alice Schoenfeld, Emerita Professor of Violin at USC Thornton, who died last May. Of those in attendance, over 50 were former students of Alice or her sister Eleanor Schoenfeld, who was also a longtime USC Thornton professor of […]

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