WQXR calls on Julia Adolphe for International Women’s Day inspiration

March 8, 2018

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th), New York’s WQXR asked eleven composers about the most influential women in their professional lives. At the top of the list is USC Thornton doctoral candidate Julia Adolphe (MM ’12), who spoke about the influence of composers Sofia Gubaidulina and Paola Prestini, as well as her mother, […]

Laura Karpman contributes to “Mozart in the Jungle”

March 7, 2018

Laura Karpman, a noted TV/film composer and member of the USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty, was recently profiled by KPCC’s “The Frame” on her musical contributions to the Amazon Prime series Mozart in the Jungle. Karpman, who is the founding president of the Alliance for Women Film Composers and has received four Emmy Awards, became […]

Frank Ticheli warmly reviewed by the New York Classical Review

March 5, 2018

The East Coast premiere of composer and USC Thornton faculty member Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 3 “The Shore” was warmly reviewed by the New York Classical Review following a February performance at Carnegie Hall by the New York Choral Society. The review drew stylistic similarities with Debussy and Ravel, while lauding the symphony for its […]

This Sunday, join in a 75th birthday celebration of Morten Lauridsen

March 2, 2018

Composer, USC Thornton faculty member, and National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen will celebrate his 75th birthday with a special concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of Glendale on Sunday, March 4th. The celebration will feature the Donald Brinegar Singers in a performance of Lauriden’s beloved Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, and The Nocturnes, […]

Patrice Rushen featured in “Variety” article about award show orchestration

February 27, 2018

USC Thornton Popular Music chair Patrice Rushen was mentioned in a Variety article, “Awards Ceremonies Are the ‘Super Bowl’ for Orchestras” exploring the challenges of performing orchestral music for major awards shows. The article explores Rushen’s work as the first female music director for top awards broadcasts, including the Emmys and the NAACP Image Awards. […]

Kevin Hartnett choral work featured by Swiss ensemble

February 26, 2018

The Zurich Chamber Singers recently performed “De Profundis” by USC Thornton Composition alumnus Kevin Hartnett (BM ’13), in several performances throughout Switzerland. The work was commissioned by the ensemble and premiered in 2016 and was also recorded as part of their debut album, to be released by ARS Produktion in 2018. Hartnett currently serves as […]

Visions & Voices to present “Artivistas” concert celebrating socially-conscious female artists, March 1st

February 23, 2018

On March 1st, USC Visions & Voices will present ARTIVISTAS: A Concert Inspiring Resistance, Empowerment, and Social Change, featuring a lineup of female artists whose music spans R&B, hip-hop, Latin, alternative, punk, and beyond. The performance will celebrate the work of “artivistas” (artist/activists) creating art and music with a focus on resistance, empowerment, equality, and […]

Jim Self artist in residence at Knoxville

February 21, 2018

Tuba player and USC Thornton faculty member Jim Self is currently serving as Artist in Residence at the University of Tennessee–Knoxville, where he taught from 1969-75. In addition to serving as principal tuba with the Pacific and Pasadena Symphonies, as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and L.A. Opera Orchestra, Self has notably performed on […]

Alvin Liang wins USC Thornton 2018 Kanter Award

February 20, 2018

USC Thornton Music Industry senior Alvin Liang has been selected as a recipient for the USC Thornton 2018 Kanter Award, taking home $7,250. He previously won the USC Stevens Award with his EventAll app, which he describes as “The WordPress of the event-planning world.” The Kanter Endowed Music Industry Project Fund provides upper-level students with […]

Ebony teams with Thornton for a music industry discussion

February 16, 2018

Ebony recently published photos and videos from its fall visit to the USC Thornton Contemporary Music Division, featuring Ethiopia Habtemariam, president of Motown Records, and singer-songwriters Sebastian Kole and BJ The Chicago Kid, in collaboration with the Universal Music Group. The trio spoke with Popular Music and Music Industry students at Carson Center about the […]

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