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Bassist Owen Levine joins Colorado Symphony

March 13, 2017

USC Thornton Strings alumnus Owen Levine (MM ‘09) recently won a section bass position with the Colorado Symphony. Levine previously performed as a Fellow with the New World Symphony.


Alumna guitarist Eva Beneke to perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

March 9, 2017

USC Thornton Classical Guitar alumna Eva Beneke (DMA ’12) will perform with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, March 11th. The concert will include the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Unremembered, an “hour-long, 13-part song cycle inspired by poems and illustrations by Nathaniel Bellows.” Beneke is currently the artistic director for Lowertown Classics, […]


Elizabeth Palmer leads professional development session for band directors

March 7, 2017

Elizabeth Palmer, a DMA candidate in the USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program, led the professional development session for the 25th Anniversary of Susquehanna University’s High School Honors Band. The session, entitled “Music Teaching and Learning: Growing Through Our Philosophies,” was attended by band directors, alumni, and university students. Palmer is also founder and […]


Alan Smith conducts art song residency at Vanderbilt

March 3, 2017

Pianist Alan L. Smith, chair of Keyboard Studies and director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at USC Thornton, held a residency last month at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music as part of its Mary Cortner Ragland Master Series. Smith worked with singers and pianists in German, French and British art song. Smith is highly respected […]


Támar Davis performs at MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit Concert

March 1, 2017

USC Thornton Music Industry alumna Támar Davis (’02) performed at the 9th annual MojaMoja Brunch & Benefit concert last month, celebrating the life and musical legacy of Prince. Davis, known professionally as Támar, competed on the hit NBC show “The Voice” and was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for the 2006 song “Beautiful, Loved and […]


Thornton faculty member Dana Gioia defends the NEA in LA Times Op-Ed

February 28, 2017

California Poet Laureate and USC Thornton Arts Leadership faculty member Dana Gioia outlined the remarkable successes of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and challenged arguments to defund the organization in a recent Los Angeles Times Op-Ed. Gioia, who was twice unanimously confirmed by the Senate to lead the NEA, from 2003 through 2009, […]


Brice Burton takes percussion position with Charlotte Symphony

February 27, 2017

Brice Burton, a graduate student of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion department, won the Principal Percussion position with the Charlotte Symphony. Burton has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the American Youth Symphony and took first place in the Division I Modern Snare Drum Competition in 2014.


Vince Mendoza releases album with WDR Big Band

February 24, 2017

The WDR Big Band will release an album of music by USC Thornton Jazz composer and alumnus Vince Mendoza, who is currently Composer in Residence and 1st Guest Conductor for the Cologne, Germany, based ensemble. Homecoming, which will be released March 3rd, features 7 original tracks composed especially for the band and recorded live at […]


Juan Pablo Contreras receives the 2017 Presser Graduate Award

February 23, 2017

Juan Pablo Contreras, a doctoral candidate in the USC Thornton Composition program, has received the 2017 Presser Graduate Award, which honors exceptional graduate students who have the potential to make a distinguished contribution within the field of music. Composition program chair Donald Crockett said that Contreras has been granted a “wonderful and rare opportunity,” through […]


Student chamber duo wins prizes in Boulder

February 22, 2017

Cellist Coleman Itzkoff and pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan (’12, MM ’14, piano), who perform as the Amicus Duo, recently earned top prizes at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, winning second prize overall and a special prize for best performance of Arthur Gottschalk’s Some Assembly Required. The USC Thornton student duo formed in 2014 and have […]


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