Keyboard Studies News from the 2020-2021 Academic Year

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Jeffrey Kahane launches new podcast series about classical music in America

December 2, 2020

Jeffrey Kahane, a faculty member in the Keyboard Studies program, has released the first episode of a new podcast series, Classical Music in America, which explores the evolution of America’s musical identity through books on classical music. The series is produced in partnership with the Sarasota Orchestra, where Kahane serves as Artistic Advisor. One episode […]


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Doyoung Park wins first prize in Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition

November 27, 2020

Doyoung Park, a master’s student in the Keyboard Studies program, recently won first prize at the 2020 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition. The competition aims to discover outstanding artists and provide them awards to help launch their international careers. As one of this year’s winners, Park will be invited to perform in a concert […]


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The Yellowjackets release 25th album, Jackets XL

November 11, 2020

The Yellowjackets, an iconic GRAMMY Award-winning jazz quartet that includes three USC Thornton faculty members – saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, and drummer Will Kennedy – have released their 25th album entitled Jackets XL. The album pairs the talents of the quartet with the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany, which Mintzer has led […]


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Billy Childs featured in DownBeat Magazine

November 10, 2020

USC Thornton alum and GRAMMY Award-winning composer and pianist Billy Childs (BM ‘79) was recently featured in a DownBeat Magazine article about how he embraces music outside of boundaries and genres. The article reflects on the influence the Los Angeles jazz and improvisational music scenes had on Childs’ “borderless concept of music,” particularly in his […]


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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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Barry Tan presents live streamed concert Oct. 15

October 14, 2020

Pianist Barry Tan, a doctoral student in USC Thornton’s Keyboard Studies program, will perform a live-streamed solo concert of classical and contemporary works from his Los Angeles studio on Oct. 15 at 10:30 am. The concert of works by Bach, Nielson, Beethoven and Gershwin is presented by the West Vancouver Community Arts Council as a […]


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Thornton artists awarded San Francisco Classical Voice Audience Choice Awards

September 17, 2020

Multiple USC Thornton artists and alumni-founded ensembles were awarded San Francisco Classical Voice’s Audience Choice Awards for the 2019-2020 season. This year was the first-ever Audience Choice Awards with a category dedicated to celebrating the vibrant classical music scene in Los Angeles. HOCKET, the piano duo of alumni Sarah Gibson (MM ‘10, DMA ‘15) and […]


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Andrew Harrison to launch new online concert series

September 1, 2020

USC Thornton alum and saxophonist Andrew Harrison (DMA ’15) will launch a new online concert series, Concert Cast, on Tues., Sept. 1. An advocate for contemporary saxophone music, Harrison will perform with pianist Jason Lo (MM ’12, DMA ’16) in a program that features works by Bozza, Eiunaudi, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and more. The event will […]


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Grant Gershon pens KCET article about equity in the arts

August 6, 2020

USC Thornton alum Grant Gershon (BM ‘85), artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, recently penned an article for KCET about how artists and arts organizations can do more to make the arts accessible and equitable. “I believe that the single most important thing that arts organizations must do now is lift up a […]


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Twelve Thornton students and alumni among winners of 2020-2021 Beverly Hills National Auditions

July 26, 2020

Winners of the 2020-2021 Beverly Hills National Auditions (BHNA) were recently announced, and among them are a long list of 12 students and alumni of USC Thornton. Each year, the BHNA selects winners to be presented the following season in a series of monthly concerts across Southern California. In consideration of restrictions on in-person events, […]


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