News from the 2020-2021 Academic Year

USC Thornton faculty featured at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

April 15, 2021

Beginning on Saturday, April 17, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has moved online with a week-long schedule of events. At 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 18, The festival presents Music, Money and Mindfulness, a panel discussion exploring the art and impact of music from multiple angles, including the relationship between music and mindfulness […]


Gretchen Parlato featured on cover of Jazzwise Magazine

April 15, 2021

The April 2021 issue of Jazzwise Magazine featured Thornton alumna and Grammy-nominated composer & vocalist Gretchen Parlato (GCRT ’03) as the cover story. The feature discusses the release of Parlato’s long-awaited and Brazilian-inspired new album, “Flor” on Edition Records. Parlato refers to the work as “a blossoming, an opening, an offering, a return.”


Zelter Quartet wins Gold Prize at Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition

April 13, 2021

The Zelter Quartet has won the Gold Prize at the 2021 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. The annual competition in Easton, Maryland was held virtually this year. The Los Angeles-based quartet includes violist Nao Kubota (MM ’19), a Graduate Certificate student; cellist Allan Hon, a Doctoral student; and violinists Kyle Gilner (BM’16) and Gallia Kastner.


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Michael Abels interviewed by Jon Burlingame in Variety

April 12, 2021

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Michael Abels (BM ‘84) was interviewed in Variety about composers of color in the film industry by Thornton faculty member and music writer Jon Burlingame. Abels, one of the co-founders of the Composers Diversity Collective, spoke about the changes he has seen in Hollywood over the past years as race and […]


Angelica Brooks named a Maryland MMEA Outstanding Music Educator of the Year

April 8, 2021

Angelica Brooks, a DMA candidate in the Music Teaching and Learning program, has been named one of the 2021 Maryland MMEA Outstanding Music Educators of the Year. In 2019, Brooks was named the Prince George’s County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She currently teaches choir, drama, and music theory as the Director of Choral […]


Cristian Grases appointed to Artistic Committee of World Symposium on Choral Music

April 8, 2021

Cristian Grases, chair of the Choral & Sacred Music program at USC Thornton, has been appointed to the Artistic Committee preparing the next World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM). The event is scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar in 2023, bringing the WSCM to the Middle East for the very first time, and is […]


Annie Gosfield wins American Academy of Arts and Letters Award

April 6, 2021

Annie Gosfield, USC Thornton alum and composer, has been named a winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Music Awards. Gosfield is one of the four composers awarded the Arts and Letters Awards in music. Each honoree will receive $10,000 award as well as an additional $10,000 to record their work. Their original […]


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Lindsay Wolfington discusses To All The Boys soundtrack

April 2, 2021

Lindsay Wolfington, a faculty member in the Music Industry program, was interviewed alongside fellow music supervisor Laura Webb by Parade and Harper’s Bazaar to discuss curating the soundtrack for Netflix’s To All The Boys: Always And Forever. In both interviews, the duo spoke about what it took to find the perfect song to capture the […]


Luca Mendoza and Jon Hatamiya receive 2021 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award

March 31, 2021

Luca Mendoza, a student in the Composition program, and trombonist Jon Hatamiya (’16, jazz studies) have been awarded the 2021 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. The award from the ASCAP Foundation and The Herb Alpert Foundation recognizes twenty young jazz musicians each year for their original compositions and arrangements. Each of the winners was […]


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Andrew Leff featured on NPR’s Marketplace

March 29, 2021

Music Industry faculty member Andrew Leff was quoted in an article for NPR’s Marketplace about streaming royalties. The piece discussed the current streaming industry, its effects on musicians, and SoundCloud’s new efforts to support artists with fan-powered royalties. Leff made a point that part of the issue with streaming is that our current society sees […]


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