Alumni News from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

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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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Brian Robert Jones releases LP with band Human Natural

May 13, 2020

Bassist Brian Robert Jones (BM ’15), an alum of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, has recently released a debut LP, Only Human Natural, with his pop funk duo Human Natural. Jones and his bandmate, Hannah Winkler, began releasing music together in 2018. Euphoria magazine sang the album’s praises, writing, “Every single vocal stem, beat, […]


Remi Wolf

Remi Wolf releases two new singles to warm reviews

May 7, 2020

Popular Music alum Remi Wolf (BM ’18) recently released two new singles and music videos, “Woo!,” and “Photo ID” on Virgin EMI/Island Records, after releasing her EP You’re A Dog! in October of 2019. In an interview with Wolf, i-D Magazine calls “Woo!” “impossibly fun.” A recent Hypebeast review says “Remi’s vocal range truly shines […]


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Ludwig Göransson writes and produces on new Childish Gambino album

April 28, 2020

Screen Scoring alum Ludwig Göransson (GC ’08) wrote and produced on the new Childish Gambino album 3.15.20, working with Donald Glover and other producers on tracks such as “Time,” featuring Ariana Grande. Göransson and Glover first worked together on the NBC television show “Community,” and have since been long-time collaborators. The pair took home two […]


Rina Ritivoiu and Micah Bland publish articles in Choral Journal

April 23, 2020

Choral & Sacred Music alum Rina Ritivoiu (DMA ’19) and doctoral candidate Micah Bland have published articles in the latest issue of Choral Journal, the official publication of the American Choral Directors Association. Ritivoiu’s article, entitled “Choir as a Caretaker of Caregivers,” and Bland’s article, entitled “Mouthing the Text: The Advantages and Disadvantages,” can be […]


USC Thornton artists featured in KUSC’s “Play On, California!”

April 20, 2020

In a daily broadcast and online feature titled “Play On, California!” Classical KUSC highlights the work California musicians and arts organizations are doing to continue sharing music and create online experiences for audiences while live concerts remain halted. The feature highlights USC Thornton’s Live! From Somewhere series, and the work of various Thornton alumni and […]


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Thornton artists compose new works for online commissioning project “Alone Together”

April 16, 2020

USC Thornton student, alumni and faculty artists have joined violinist Jennifer Koh’s collaborative online commissioning project, Alone Together, created as a way to bring composers together to create new music for live streamed performances while social distancing. The project has received acclaim for its ingenuity and proactive approach to elevating the work of composers during […]


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Thornton alumni musicians host and perform online concerts with U.S. Army Field Band

April 15, 2020

The United States Army Field Band, featuring many alumni of USC Thornton, has launched We Stand Ready, a series of daily concerts streamed live on the band’s YouTube channel. The full-length, interactive concerts are hosted by the band’s members, such as USC Thornton alums Kevin Pick (MM ’01) and J.G. Miller (DMA ’13). While the […]


Cody Westheimer

Award-winning documentary scored by Cody Westheimer to make TV debut in honor of Earth Day

April 9, 2020

“The Story of Plastic,” an award-winning documentary scored by USC Thornton Composition alum Cody Westheimer (BM ’01) alongside Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, will make its U.S. television debut on Discovery Channel in honor of Earth Day. The documentary, directed by Deia Schlosberg, was premiered at the Mill Valley Movie Pageant and won the Viewers […]


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Alum-led choral ensemble Tonality receives Adventurous Programming Award

April 7, 2020

Choral ensemble Tonality, led by USC Thornton alum Alexander Lloyd Blake (DMA ’19), has received the Chorus America/ASCAP 2020 Adventurous Programming Award. The award recognizes choruses that demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting new music. Blake founded Tonality in 2016, while studying at USC Thornton, with the goal of advancing underrepresented voices in choral […]


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