Vocal Arts and Opera 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 […]


New Opera West releases animated opera short

March 17, 2021

New Opera West, a nonprofit opera company co-founded by Vocal Arts doctoral student Emily Thebaut and Composition faculty member Mark Weiser, recently released “Pepito.” The animated dog opera written by Nicolas Lell Benavides, a doctoral student in the Composition program, is currently streaming on Vimeo. The work was animated by Esperanza Guevara, Connor Jacobs, and […]


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Musical Theatre students and Sound Off! Music for Bail present events this weekend

February 24, 2021

This weekend, Musical Theatre students present a student-produced film that explores the legacy of enslavement, while graduate certificate student and Los Angeles Orchestra Fellow Jay Julio Laureta’s ensemble, Sound Off! Music for Bail, presents a virtual concert and fundraiser for a national bail fund. On Friday, Feb. 26 at 5:00 pm (PST), students in USC’s […]


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Marilyn Horne to receive Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award

January 5, 2021

USC Thornton alumna Marilyn Horne was recently announced as one of the Recording Academy’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees. Horne is widely celebrated as one of the world’s most renowned opera singers. Her decades-spanning career has earned her four GRAMMY Awards and 15 nominations, as well as a 1992 National Medal of Arts and numerous […]


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Vivian Stover awarded 2020 Eileen Southern Travel Grant

October 21, 2020

Vivian Stover, an undergraduate student in the Vocal Arts & Opera program, was awarded the Eileen Southern Travel Grant by the American Musicology Society (AMS) in September. The grant is awarded annually to undergraduate and graduate students underrepresented in the field of musicology, and provides funds to support travel and lodging expenses for awardees to […]


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Lynn Helding authors paper on COVID-19 effects on vocalists

September 23, 2020

USC Thornton Vocal Arts and Opera faculty member Lynn Helding is the lead author of “COVID-19 After Effects: Concerns for Singers,” a new paper published in the Journal of Voice. The paper, co-authored by Dr. Michael Johns, director of the USC Voice Center at Keck Medicine, offers an in-depth look at the potential damages and […]


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Students to perform work by Juhi Bansal in LA Opera educational program

July 23, 2020

Los Angeles area students will learn and perform an opera by Composition alum Juhi Bansal (BM ’06, MM ’08, DMA ’12) in the upcoming season of LA Opera’s Secondary In-School Opera program. The remote workshops are an opportunity for students to sharpen their theatrical skills with a contemporary work. Bansal’s opera, “Enchantress of Numbers,” explores […]


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