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Julia Adolphe is Musical America’s New Artist of the Month

December 1, 2017

Composer Julia Adolphe (MM ’12, composition), a USC Thornton doctoral candidate, is Musical America’s New Artist of the Month for December. In a profile on the organization’s website, Adolphe cited the gender diversity of Thornton’s Composition program as one of the reasons she chose to study at USC. “I didn’t see that anywhere else,” she […]


Alex Hahn releases new jazz album

November 30, 2017

Saxophonist and Jazz Studies alumnus Alex Hahn (MM ’16) has released new album, Emerging, featuring original music for septet and strings. Drawing on jazz, classical, and cinematic musical influences, the album includes performances by USC Thornton students Paul Cornish, Ramsey Castaneda, and Logan Kane, as well as alumnus Jon Hatamiya (MM ’16), Hahn’s colleague at […]


Violin alumni win orchestral positions

November 30, 2017

Two USC Thornton Strings alumni have recently won orchestral positions. Helen Kim (BM ’09) was appointed principal 2nd violin of the San Francisco Symphony in the spring of 2017. And Michelle Black (BM ’11) won a first violin position with the Indianapolis Symphony in May. Both were students of faculty member Margaret Batjer, who serves […]


“Godless” scored by Composition alumnus Carlos Rivera

November 29, 2017

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Carlos Rivera (MM ’04, DMA ’10) recently scored the hit Netflix series Godless, produced by Steven Soderbergh and written and directed by Scott Frank. This isn’t the first time Rivera has composed for a Western – he previously composed the soundtrack for Frank’s 2014 feature film, A Walk Among the Tombstones. […]


College Magazine surveys “10 Music Courses at USC to Jump Start Your Music Career”

November 27, 2017

College Magazine recently put USC Thornton at the center of an article exploring college courses to “Jump Start Your Music Career.” From classes in jazz performance and music theory to Music and Science Fiction and Thornton’s legendary Beatles class, the piece surveys the many innovative learning opportunities available to Thornton music students. The article puts […]


Alumnus Martin Leung performs with the Academic Leipzig Orchestra

November 20, 2017

On November 13th, Keyboard Studies alumnus Martin Leung (DMA ’15, piano) performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Akademisches Orchester Leipzig (Academic Leipzig Orchestra) under maestro Horst Förster. Leung received the opportunity to perform at the Leipzig Gewandhaus after winning first prize in the concerto division of the Los Angeles Liszt Piano competition last […]


Musical training improves brain development, according to ongoing USC study

November 15, 2017

USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute continues to publish the results of an ongoing study showing that musical training can alter brain structures for the better. Beatriz Illari, a faculty member of the USC Thornton Music Teaching & Learning program, is a co-author of the study, which has been conducted in partnership with the Los Angeles […]


This Saturday, Thornton celebrates new music from “Noon to Midnight” with the LA Phil

November 14, 2017

On Saturday, November 18th, the Los Angeles Philharmonic will welcome the city’s most adventurous music audiences to Walt Disney Concert Hall for a day-long celebration of contemporary composition, Noon to Midnight. In addition to performances by Steven Schick, Rage Thormbones, LA Signal Lab, Los Angeles Electric 8, wild Up, red fish blue fish, gnarwhallaby, SASSAS, […]


Thornton students sweep video performance competition

November 14, 2017

Students from USC Thornton’s Classical Division have swept the first James Ramos International Video Competition, a joint venture of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) and Social Media Works. Recognizing that Youtube and Facebook have become important video platforms for musicians to audition and to share their artistry with the world, the competition […]


Tim Page quoted by NPR and the Daily Beast

November 13, 2017

Tim Page, professor at both USC Thornton and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, was recently quoted in a Daily Beast article, “Bob Guccione Jr.: Where ‘Rolling Stone’ Went Wrong, and How I Would Save It.” Page described Rolling Stone as a “lifeline for music-crazy kids all over the country,” and as a […]


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