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Pop alumna Maddie Ross profiled in “Billboard”

April 14, 2017

USC Thornton Popular Music alumna Maddie Ross (’14) is the focus of a feature profile in Billboard, which explores her innovative and entrepreneurial approach to music-making. Placing her recent single, “You’re Still My Sugar,” among “the best rock songs released this year,” the article survey’s Ross’s creative process, her podcast, coming out as queer, and […]


KuanFen Liu receives Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award

April 13, 2017

USC Thornton alumna KuanFen Liu (DMA ’10, choral music) has received the Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award in the category of Artist in the Community. This award honors established artists in any discipline who show artistic excellence and contribute to Ventura’s cultural vitality. Outside of working on year-round music programs for several school districts, Liu is […]


DMA candidate Rina Ritivoiu produces album of Christian music in Navajo language

April 12, 2017

Rina Ritivoiu, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program, has produced the first album of Christian children’s music in the Navajo language. Ritivoiu arranged 10 Christian songs in the language and worked with a chorus of Navajo children to record the songs in Flagstaff, Arizona, over a period of two […]


Clarinetist Micah Wright takes 2nd place in Backun International Competition

April 11, 2017

USC Thornton Winds & Percussion alumnus Micah Wright (DMA ’15, clarinet) received 2nd place in this year’s Backun International Clarinet Competition. The competition, which took place March 9-11 at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music in Nashville, featured 16 participants from 8 different countries. Wright also recently received an honorable mention in the William C. […]


Pacific Symphony performance with Peter Boyer to be broadcast on PBS

April 10, 2017

Ellis Island: The Dream of America, a multimedia orchestral work by composer and USC Thornton alumnus Peter Boyer (GCRT ’96, SMPTV) was the centerpiece of the Pacific Symphony’s recent American Composers Festival from April 6-8. Conducted by music director and USC Thornton faculty member Carl St.Clair, the GRAMMY-nominated piece incorporates narration and projected imagery to […]


Popular Music alums, MUNA featured in heartwarming Vice video

April 6, 2017

The band MUNA, which was formed by Thornton Popular Music alumni Katie Gavin (BA ’15) and Josette Maskin (’16), along with Naomi McPherson, recently sat down to record a video for Vice’s Noisey series “Call Your Dad” — but things didn’t go exactly as planned. When band member Josette rang up her South African father […]


Thornton Combo takes top prize at Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

April 6, 2017

The USC Thornton Jazz Composers Collective recently took first place at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Under the direction of faculty member Vince Mendoza, the Composers Collective performed all original music and have been invited back for a special engagement at the Monterey Jazz Festival this coming September. Thornton saxophonist and DMA candidate Ramsey […]


Gail Samuel serving as LA Phil’s Acting President

April 5, 2017

The Los Angeles Times reports that USC Thornton Board of Councilors member and alumnus Gail Samuel (BA ’89, psychology & music, MBA ’02) has been appointed as Acting President of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, in addition to her duties as Chief Executive Officer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil). Samuel serves as an […]


Composition grad student Peter Shin awarded Fulbright

April 4, 2017

Peter Shin, a master’s student in the USC Thornton Composition program, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship that will allow him to travel to South Korea to study local musical forms. In the process, he plans to create new orchestral compositions that will draw on his Korean research. This summer, Shin will join professor emeritus […]


Compositions students, alums shine in ASCAP Foundation awards

April 3, 2017

USC Thornton Composition students and alumni comprised six of the nineteen recipients of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, which were announced March 30. The winners include Composition doctoral candidate Julia Adolphe (MM ’12), graduate student Tommy Dougherty, and Composition alumni Saad Haddad (BM ’14), […]


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