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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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USC Thornton’s Concerto Chamber Orchestra presents The Carnival of the Animals

July 23, 2020

USC Thornton’s Concerto Chamber Orchestra, a student-run ensemble, is presenting a 14-day summer festival featuring a virtual performance of “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saëns. Between July 18-31, the ensemble will release a movement each day, culminating in a livestream of the full piece on July 31 at 6:00 pm (PST). The project […]


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Michael Abels and Ludwig Göransson featured in LA Times

July 22, 2020

USC Thornton alumni and award-winning composers Michael Abels (BM ’84) and Ludwig Göransson (GCRT ‘08) were recently featured in an LA Times article looking ahead to the 2020 Emmy Awards and the standout composers for television who may be poised for top honors. Abels is highlighted for his score for the HBO series “Bad Education,” […]


Jim Self

Jim Self interviewed on podcast Chicago Music Revealed

July 20, 2020

Winds & Percussion faculty member and tuba player Jim Self was recently interviewed on the music podcast Chicago Music Revealed. In the episode, Self discusses his long career as a studio musician for films such as Jurassic Park and King Kong, as well as his recent album and history of collaboration with guitarist John Chiodini. […]


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New archival recording released featuring Roy McCurdy in legendary quintet

July 15, 2020

A new album of live concert recordings from the 1960s by saxophonist Cannonball Adderly and his quintet, featuring Jazz Studies faculty member Roy McCurdy on drums, was digitized and released for the first time. Swingin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966-1967) was released by Cellar Music Group imprint Reel to Real to share and […]


Justin Lubliner

Justin Lubliner to give keynote speech at #NextGen_Now Virtual Summit

July 14, 2020

On July 28, Music Industry alum Justin Lubliner (BS ’12) will be the keynote speaker at the Music Business Association’s #NEXTGEN_NOW Virtual Summit. The event brings together young professionals in the music industry for discussions about industry innovations and career building. Lubliner launched his own label, Darkroom Records, and signed multi-GRAMMY Award-winner Billie Eilish. His […]


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Three Thornton artists join Yellow Barn Summer Artist Residency concert series

July 13, 2020

Three students and alumni of USC Thornton will appear as artists in residence at Yellow Barn this summer and perform in the organization’s first-ever virtual concert series: cellist and graduate certificate student Coleman Itzkoff (MM ’16); cellist Gabriel Martins (BM ’19); and clarinetist and artist diploma student Yasmina Spiegelberg (GCRT ’17). The three musicians will […]


Loren Medina

Loren Medina hosts interview for ASCAP Latin Music Awards

July 10, 2020

Music Industry faculty member Loren Medina hosted a conversation with Latin music legend Claudia Bryant on July 9 as part of the ASCAP Latin Music Awards. Medina, the founder and head of Guerrera Marketing and PR talks with Bryant about her decades-spanning career and songwriting in the ASCAP Experience: Home Edition video. close


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Renée Elise Goldsberry interviewed in LA Times

July 9, 2020

Tony Award-winning Jazz Studies alum Renée Elise Goldsberry (MM ’97) was interviewed in the LA Times about her role as Angelica Schuyler in the hit musical Hamilton after the film version of the musical was recently released on Disney+. Goldsberry, who was also nominated for a GRAMMY in addition to her Tony win, talks about […]


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Tomas Janzon earns warm reviews for latest album

July 8, 2020

USC Thornton alum Tomas Janzon (MM ’00) recently released a new album, 130th & Lenox, and received positive reviews in Downbeat magazine and JazzTimes. About Janzon’s playing, JazzTimes writes: “Even when guitarist Tomas Janzon is in full flight, his music is welcoming—he sounds as if he wants to invite us in, rather than intimidate or […]


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