Alumni 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 […]


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 […]


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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 […]


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Gerald Clayton signs with Blue Note Records, new live album to release in July

June 10, 2020

Four-time GRAMMY Award nominee and USC Thornton alum Gerald Clayton (BM ’07) signed with Blue Note Records earlier this year, and will release his first album with the label, Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard, on July 10. The album was recorded live at the Village Vanguard in New York City with a quintet of […]


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Daedelus releases new album What Wands Won’t Break

June 8, 2020

Jazz Studies alum Alfred Darlington (BA ’00), known professionally as Daedelus, has released a new album from record label Dome of Doom. Titled What Wands Won’t Break, the album follows the electronic music artist’s 2019 release, The Bittereinders, and continues his streak of producing an album every year. What Wands Won’t Break draws influence from […]


KUSC Classical

KUSC’s “Play On, California!” highlights virtual performances by Gina Luciani, USC Oriana Choir

June 5, 2020

KUSC highlighted two performances from the Live! From Somewhere video series in a recent installment of the daily broadcast and online feature “Play On, California!” The June 3 feature included highlights of the USC Oriana Choir’s virtual Live! From Somewhere performance of “La Mia Stella” and alum Gina Luciani’s performance of “Passacaille” from her home studio. […]


Ambrose Akinmusire

Ambrose Akinmusire to release new album from Blue Note Records

June 4, 2020

USC Thornton Jazz Studies alum Ambrose Akinmusire (MM ’07) releases his sixth album, on the tender spot of every calloused moment, on Friday, June 12 from Blue Note Records. The album’s 11 new original compositions are met with warm reviews from NPR Music and PostGenre. In a recent preview, NPR Music traces the album and […]


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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra introduces violinist Jason Issokson in new video

May 31, 2020

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra recently introduced violinist and USC Thornton alum Jason Issokson (DMA ’11) as one of the newest members of the orchestra in a video interview and performance. In the video feature, filmed in November of 2019, he discusses how he was first introduced to chamber music, and performs Brahms’ Sonatensatz in […]


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Gabriel Martins wins first prize in two classical strings competitions

May 19, 2020

Cellist and USC Thornton alum Gabriel Martins (BM ’19) has recently won first prize in two classical strings competitions. In February, Martins won first prize in the Senior Division of the 2020 Sphinx Competition, a national competition for Black and Latino classical strings musicians. He was awarded second place in the competition in 2018. As […]


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