News from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

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Amir Kelly and Ayoni Thompson named among Best Young Music Artists of 2019

November 16, 2019

Two USC Thornton Popular Music students, Amir Kelly and Ayoni Thompson, were recently named to PopSugar Magazine’s list of Best Young Music Artists 2019. The list highlights talented up-and-coming artists who are soon to make waves in pop music. Senior Amir Kelly creates music he describes as “Blindian Pop,” a nod to his Black and […]


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Andrew Prahlow earns two award nominations for “Outer Wilds” soundtrack

November 15, 2019

Screen Scoring alum Andrew Prahlow (GCRT ‘11) was nominated for two awards for his soundtrack for the “Outer Wilds” video game, a “backpacking adventure in space” that tasks players with solving the mystery of a recent disaster before the galaxy is wiped out by a supernova. The score was nominated for a Jerry Goldsmith Award […]


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USC Thornton faculty and alumnus to perform in benefit concert for Paradise Fire victims

November 14, 2019

Sunday, Nov. 24, USC Thornton Classical Guitar faculty members William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant (of the GRAMMY-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) and USC Thornton flamenco virtuoso and faculty member Adam del Monte will perform in a benefit concert, “Recuerdos de Paradise,” to support the victims of the Paradise Fire in 2018. Performing alongside them are flamenco […]


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Ernest Harrison named Music Director and Conductor of Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles

November 14, 2019

Doctoral Candidate in Choral Conducting at USC Thornton Ernest Harrison has been named the Music Director and Conductor of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA). Ernest will begin working with GMCLA in December to work on season concert plans, and will begin his full-time podium position beginning in January. His first main-season concert […]


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Nina Shekhar receives Debut Fellowship from Young Musicians Foundation

November 13, 2019

Composition graduate student Nina Shekhar is one of the first recipients of the Debut Fellowship from the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF). The newly established program aims to empower musical artists who are committed to social justice through arts in education by providing professional development and training in areas vital to building successful initiatives for systemic […]


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Thomas Mellan opens Jacaranda Music’s new season

November 12, 2019

USC Thornton Composition student and Organ Studies alum Thomas Mellan (BM ’17, MM ’19) recently opened Jacaranda Music’s 2019-2020 season in Los Angeles as a resident organist. Mellan performed in Jacaranda’s opening concert, “Organic Rush,” on Sept. 21 alongside organist and conductor Mark Allen Hilt. Mellan will also close the season in June with a […]


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Sean Nye to speak at inaugural lecture “Feuchtwanger and Judaism: History, Imagination, Exile”

November 11, 2019

Musicology faculty member Sean Nye will speak at “Feuchtwanger and Judaism,” the inaugural event of the lecture series “Exile and Resistance: Refugees and Migrants in Literature, History, and Public Affairs,” on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The event, hosted in the USC Libraries Special Collections, will launch Feuchtwanger and Judaism, the sixth volume of the series Feuchtwanger […]


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Bruce Forman takes one-man show to New York City

November 8, 2019

Studio Guitar faculty member Bruce Forman is taking his one-man show “The Red Guitar” to New York city this November. After playing more than 100 shows in cities around the world, Forman will be bringing the show to Broadway’s The Green Room 42. “The Red Guitar” uses the power of jazz to combine provocative story-telling […]


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Bernadene Blaha joins violinist Robert Davidovici in Beethoven celebration

November 7, 2019

Keyboard Studies faculty member and concert pianist Bernadene Blaha will join Robert Davidovici for a two-part concert of selected Beethoven Sonatas at the FIU Music Festival. The performance will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Van Beethoven and will be performed in two installments at Miami Beach Urban Studios in Miami Beach, […]


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Jazz Studies student receives Outstanding Young Philanthropist Award

November 6, 2019

Jazz Studies student Spencer Lemann has received the Outstanding Young Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter. Lemann will be recognized for his work with Music Mends Minds, a nonprofit that creates musical support groups for patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Lemann has volunteered with Music Mends Minds since its founding […]


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