Classical Guitar News from the 2020-2021 Academic Year


William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant perform at the Albany Symphony season finale

June 10, 2021

USC Thornton faculty members William Kanengiser and Scott Tenant perform a weekend of solo and duo works for classical guitar as part of the Albany Symphony’s season finale.


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Lee Ritenour to release new album, Dreamcatcher, Dec. 4

December 3, 2020

GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist and USC Thornton alum Lee Ritenour recently announced the upcoming release of his first studio album in five years entitled Dreamcatcher. Dreamcatcher marks Ritenour’s first ever full-length solo guitar album and will be released on Dec. 4. Ritenour shared with GratefulWeb the significance of his first solo album, particularly during this year.… Continue reading Lee Ritenour to release new album, Dreamcatcher, Dec. 4


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Classical Guitar students and alumni launch Guitarlab online learning platform

July 27, 2020

A group of entrepreneurial alumni and students of USC Thornton’s Classical Guitar program have launched Guitarlab, a new international online classical guitar intensive and competition for guitarists ages 12-21. Alumni Bokyung Byun (DMA ’20), Tomasz Fechner (MM ’16, DMA ’20), and Jaxon Williams (DMA ’20) along with doctoral students Mircea Gogoncea and Brendon Grabowski built… Continue reading Classical Guitar students and alumni launch Guitarlab online learning platform


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Tomas Janzon earns warm reviews for latest album

July 8, 2020

USC Thornton alum Tomas Janzon (MM ’00) recently released a new album, 130th & Lenox, and received positive reviews in Downbeat magazine and JazzTimes. About Janzon’s playing, JazzTimes writes: “Even when guitarist Tomas Janzon is in full flight, his music is welcoming—he sounds as if he wants to invite us in, rather than intimidate or… Continue reading Tomas Janzon earns warm reviews for latest album