Alumni News from the 2020-2021 Academic Year

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Peter Shin announced as 2020-2021 Sound Investment composer

October 29, 2020

Peter Shin (MM ’17), an alum of USC Thornton’s Composition program, was announced this summer as the newest Sound Investment Composer in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Sound Investment program, a commissioning club enabling supporters to sponsor the work of each season’s featured composer and follow the composer’s creative process from start to finish. Shin’s […]


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Steven Vanhauwaert releases two new albums

October 28, 2020

Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert (MM ‘06, GCRT ‘08), an alum of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, recently released two new albums, Paris <> Los Angeles: Milhaud, Mozart, Zeisl and Ferruccio Busoni: l’Énigme. Both albums are released by the independent French label Editions Hortus, with which Vanhauwaert has previously released multiple albums. Paris <> Los Angeles: […]


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Jenny Wong named Associate Artistic Director of Los Angeles Master Chorale

October 27, 2020

Jenny Wong (MM ‘13, DMA ’17), an alum of USC Thornton’s Choral & Sacred Music program, has been appointed to the newly created role of Associate Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC). Wong first joined the ensemble as Assistant Conductor in 2016, and was named Associate Conductor in 2017. The Los Angeles […]


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Alumna Elvia Puccinelli launches first international society for keyboard collaborative arts

October 22, 2020

USC Thornton alumna Elvia Puccinelli (MM ’91, DMA ’00) led the launch of the first international society for keyboard collaborative arts, the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society, as part of the fifth annual CollabFest conference on Oct. 15-17. Puccinelli, associate professor of music and coordinator of collaborative piano at the University of North Texas College of […]


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Angel Velez launches Silent Films Live: Halloween Uncanceled

October 22, 2020

USC Thornton Music Education alum Angel Velez (MA ‘14), a conductor, educator and Associate Board Member for Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA), will host Silent Films Live: Halloween Uncanceled, a family-friendly virtual celebration of silent film benefiting ETM-LA. The event will include a virtual concert of six silent film scores reimagined by guest composers and […]


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Rozzi featured in Daily Trojan

October 20, 2020

The Daily Trojan recently featured Popular Music alum Rozzi Crane (BM ‘13), known professionally as Rozzi, in an article about her musical journey as an indie-pop singer. Rozzi is a graduate of the inaugural class of USC Thornton’s Popular Music program. Looking back at her time in the program, Rozzi remembers how the rigorous lessons, […]


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Gabriel Martins wins 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

October 14, 2020

Cellist Gabriel Martins (BM ’19), an alum of USC Thornton’s Strings program, has earned another notable award, marking his third major prize in what has been a momentous year for the decorated artist. Martins has been announced as one of two Grand Prize winners in the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The prize […]


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USC Thornton alumni launch MusiKaravan mobile concerts

October 13, 2020

USC Thornton alumni Etienne Gara and YuEun Kim (GCRT ‘15, AD ‘17), members of the celebrated chamber ensemble Delirium Musicum, have launched a unique mobile, outdoor concert series called MusiKaravan. While Delirium Musicum’s live concerts remain on hold, the two have traveled around California by car to perform safely outdoors for workers at farms and […]


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USC Thornton alumni named to Variety’s “Hollywood’s New Leaders” list

October 12, 2020

USC Thornton alumni Ludwig Göransson (GCRT ‘08) and Justin Lubliner (BS ‘12) were named two of Hollywood’s New Leaders by Variety. The list showcases the newest generation of leaders and change-makers across the entertainment industry under the age of 40, including agents, creatives, producers, and more. Lubliner is recognized for his achievements as the founder […]


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Ambrose Akinmusire wins DownBeat Magazine critics poll in trumpet category

October 6, 2020

USC Thornton Jazz Studies alum Ambrose Akinmusire (MM ’07) was voted top trumpeter in DownBeat Magazine’s 2020 Critics Poll. Each year, Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll recognizes the top jazz musicians and artists in the music world and names rising stars within the jazz community. The recognition comes after the acclaimed musician released a new album […]


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