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Ted Hearne earns strong NY Times review

October 3, 2018

The Crossing, a Philadelphia-based choral ensemble focusing on contemporary music, recently premiered a new work by composer and USC Thornon faculty member Ted Hearne, at the Park Avenue Armory. Hearne’s Animals, which incorporated a brief text by President Donald Trump about illegal immigrants, was one of ten works on patriotism and war, environmental depredation, and […]


Music Industry students go behind the scenes at The Greek

October 3, 2018

USC Thornton Music Industry students recently had the opportunity to witness a full-scale pop tour in action, going backstage for Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at LA’s Greek Theatre. Organized by faculty member and veteran music manager Trudy Green for her Live Touring Strategy class (MUIN 515), students learned about the load-in and […]


Thomas Mellan presents Ukrainian premiere of Messiaen organ work

October 2, 2018

Thomas Mellan (BM ’17), who is currently double majoring in Organ Studies and Composition at USC Thornton, recently undertook a Summer concert tour of France and the Ukraine, performing in spectacular churches and festival venues, including Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye and Saint-Martin d’Esquermes. In Lviv, Ukraine, Mellan presented a series of three concerts at the Lviv Organ Hall, […]


Sarah Gibson profiled by BMI

October 1, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15) was recently interviewed on the BMI website about her start in the field, her new music piano duo, Hocket, and her diverse body of compositions, including those for toy piano. Gibson was recently named 2018-2019 Sound Investment Composer by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra […]


Sara Gazarek featured on Jazz Session podcast

September 27, 2018

The Jazz Session podcast recently featured an interview with jazz vocalist and USC Thornton faculty member Sara Gazarek, previewing tracks from her forthcoming album. Gazarek discussed her role as a performer, writer, arranger and band leader, as well as how she finds “the courage to bare her soul through her music.” Gazarek will perform with […]


Penn State names Dean Robert Cutietta as Alumni Fellow

September 26, 2018

Next week, in a ceremony in State College, Pennsylvania, the Penn State Alumni Association will recognize Dr. Robert Cutietta, Dean of USC Thornton and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, with the title of Alumni Fellow. Cutietta has published widely on subjects related to music education since earning his PhD in Music Education and Psychology […]


Three new albums celebrate the music of Morten Lauridsen

September 25, 2018

This Fall marks an exciting lineup of album releases and concerts celebrating the music of Morten Lauridsen (’66, MA’68, DMA’74), USC Thornton Distinguished Professor of Composition and National Medal of Arts recipient. In October, the Chamber Choir of Europe and I Virtuosi Italiani chamber orchestra will release an all-Lauridsen disc on the Deutsche Grammophon label, […]


Remy Taghavi joins New Haven Symphony as principal bassoon

September 24, 2018

USC Thornton alumnus Rémy Taghavi (BM ’12) recently won the principal bassoon position with the New Haven Symphony in New Haven, Connecticut. Taghavi has been a member of numerous performing ensembles, including the USC Thornton Symphony, Julliard Orchestra, New Juilliard Ensemble and various other chamber groups. Additionally, he has been a substitute member of Symphony […]


Cali Wang wins BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship

September 19, 2018

Composer and sound artist Cali Wang (MM ’18), an alumna of USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program, was recently announced as the winner of the BMI Foundation’s 2018 Pete Carpenter Fellowship for her composition, New to the World. The annual fellowship awards an aspiring film, television and video composer with a cash stipend and intensive mentorship […]


Daniel Linder joins University of Arizona piano faculty

September 19, 2018

Pianist and USC Thornton doctoral candidate Daniel Linder recently took the position of Assistant Professor of Music in the Keyboard/Accompanying department of the University of Arizona’s Fox School of Music. Linder, who was named a 2018 USC Thornton Outstanding Graduate, also earned the 2018 Fresno Musical Club Susan Torres Award, and received first prize in […]


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