Sara Gazarek

Sara Gazarek featured on KNKX

May 1, 2019

Sara Gazarek, a USC Thornton Jazz Studies faculty member and jazz vocalist, was featured on KNKX, a public radio station in the Pacific Northwest that highlights jazz and blues. The story discusses her success and her recent return to Seattle, her hometown, for a series of performances where the vocalist previewed her upcoming album, Thirsty Ghost.

Jej Visnon performs at the 2018 Popular Music Senior Showcase. (Photo by Dario Driffin/USC Thornton)

USC Thornton represented in the top 24 of NBC’s “The Voice”

May 1, 2019

Two contestants who performed live in the round of 24 of NBC’s The Voice Monday night were–past and future–USC Thornton signers. Popular Music alumnus Jej Vinson ’18 punched his ticket into the final 13 with his performance of “Love Lives” by Khalid and Normani. Dominic Haynes, who deferred his admittance to USC Thornton to pursue […]

Billy Childs to headline festival in New Zealand

April 30, 2019

Billy Childs ’79, a GRAMMY Award-winning artist and USC Thornton alumnus, will headline the 24th annual New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival on June 1. He will perform with his quartet alongside Dayna Stephens on saxophone, bassist Alex Boneham and drummer Christian Euman. The five-day, 26-show festival is one of New Zealand’s longest-running music […]

India Anderson selected as first female drum major of Trojan Marching Band

April 29, 2019

USC Thornton undergraduate India Anderson was selected as the 2019-2020 drum major of the USC Trojan Marching Band. For the first time in its over 100-year history, the Spirit of Troy will be led by a woman. “I think it’s just great to have the leader of the band be a woman,” Anderson told Annenberg […]

Argus Quartet performs in Detroit

April 25, 2019

The Argus Quartet was recently invited by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit to perform two performances with the Juilliard String Quartet in the Detroit metro area. The Argus Quartet includes USC Thornton alumni Clara Kim (DM ’15, violin) and Jason Issokan (MM ’10, violin), along with violist Dana Kelley and cellist Jo Whang. As […]

California Jazz Foundation honors Patrice Rushen

April 23, 2019

Patrice Rushen, chair of USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program, was awarded the prestigious Nica award by the California Jazz Foundation (CJF) earlier this month. The CJF bestows the honor to musicians who exemplify the legacy of Baroness Ponnica de Koenigswarter, a British-born jazz patron and writer who was a leader of bebop music. Robert Cutietta, […]

Ted Hearne featured on WFMT

April 23, 2019

USC Thornton Composition faculty member and Chicago native Ted Hearne was interviewed on Chicago’s WFMT. He discussed how his incorporation of politics and social justice issues into his music stem from his many years of singing with the Chicago Children’s Choir. Hearne describes the choir as an “activist organization,” made up of diverse students from […]

Antriksh Bali

USC Thornton announces 2019 Kanter Award recipients

April 22, 2019

Two teams of USC Thornton Music Industry students have been selected as recipients of the 2019 Kanter Award. The awardees – Music Industry Master’s student Antriksh Bali and the indie-electronic band Moontower, comprised of Music Industry seniors Jacob Berger and Devan Walsh as well as Music Production senior Tom Carpenter – will each receive $2,125 […]


José Gonzalez Granero premieres composition

April 22, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus José Gonzalez Granero (GRCT ’09) premiered his composition “Gion Overture” with the Emporia Symphony Orchestra last week. Granero, who is the Principal Clarinetist for the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, wrote the piece based on the historical neighborhood of Gion in Kyoto, Japan.

Richard Wolf

Richard Wolf publishes new book

April 18, 2019

Emmy Award-winning producer and USC Thornton Music Industry faculty member Richard Wolf recently released a new book, In Tune: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness.  The book is a guide to how one can build a lifelong appreciation of meditation through twelve skills and sensibilities refined in musical practice that carry over to meditation and […]

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