Classical Guitar News from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

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Thornton students talk transition to remote classes with Daily Trojan

April 21, 2020

In an article published April 13, the Daily Trojan interviewed students from USC Thornton and other USC performing arts schools about the unique challenges they faced in the transition to remote instruction, and how they and their instructors have adapted to the new format. Dominic Anzalone, a sophomore in the Popular Music program, told the […]


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Daily Trojan highlights Live! From Somewhere performance series

March 31, 2020

The Daily Trojan, USC’s student-led newspaper, recently highlighted USC Thornton’s new video series, Live! From Somewhere. The series was launched on March 16 in response to recent closures and event cancellations, and as the school’s artists have looked for ways to continue making music while social distancing. Live! From Somewhere presents homemade performances by Thornton […]


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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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Chris Garwood launches online learning platform for pianists

October 28, 2019

Classical Guitar alum Chris Garwood (BM ’15) has launched an online educational platform for pianists on his music education website Tonebase. Garwood originally launched Tonebase in 2017 as a platform for learning classical guitar, with the goal of making the best in online music education available to all musicians. Tonebase’s guitar platform now has over […]


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Daniel Smythe forges nontraditional career path

October 21, 2019

Classical Guitar alum Daniel Smythe (BM ’95, MM ’97) was recently profiled in Trojan Family Magazine, where he discussed his unconventional career path as a musician and business consultant. Smythe earned his Bachelor and Master of Music at USC Thornton, and envisioned himself as a musician and teacher. However, after taking an arts management role […]


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Three Thornton doctoral candidates among this year’s USC International Artist Fellows

September 30, 2019

USC recently announced the 2019-2020 class of International Artist Fellows, including three USC Thornton DMA candidates: Classical Guitar student Bokyung Byun, Keyboard Studies student Wesley Chu, and Composition student Guang Yang. Since 2013, the International Artist Fellowship has provided scholarships and other resources to enable talented artsits from around the world to study at USC’s […]


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Connie Sheu leads new Suzuki Guitar program at Colburn’s Community School of Performing Arts

September 17, 2019

The Colburn Community School of Performing Arts has launched a new guitar program, directed by Thornton alumna Connie Sheu (DMA ’11), that seeks to make classical music and instruments more accessible to beginning students. The program is based in the Suzuki teaching method, founded by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki. Sheu sees classical guitar as a […]


Los Angeles Guitar Quartet showcased in Jackson Hole News and Guide

July 25, 2019

The GRAMMY Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, which features USC Thornton faculty members Scott Tenant and Bill Kanengiser, USC Thornton alumnus Matthew Greif (MM’92), and John Dearman, was recently showcased by the Jackson Hole News and Guide. The article discusses how the celebrated group that has a 15-title discography has managed to stay together for […]


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