Musicology News

Musicologist and critic Tim Page writes about the letters of John Cage

October 17, 2016

Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic and a member of the USC Thornton Musicology faculty, recently penned an article for The New York Review of Books about The Selected Letters of John Cage, which was published by Wesleyan University Press. Editor Laura Kuhn, a professor at Bard College and now director of the John Cage […]


Musicology graduate student Alison Maggart wins Ingolf Dahl Award

June 7, 2016

Alison Maggart, a PhD candidate in the USC Thornton Musicology program, became the first USC student in six years to win the prestigious Ingolf Dahl Award in Musicology from the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. The award was established by the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society in 1971 in […]


Critic Tim Page talks about Glenn Gould in the “New York Times”

June 3, 2016

Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic and a member of the USC Thornton Musicology faculty, was quoted in an article about the late, influential pianist Glenn Gould in the New York Times. The article, by Anthony Tommasini, explored the interpretive aspirations of Gould’s artistic practice and the myriad ways in which his recordings have been […]


Keenan Reesor takes teaching position with Southern Virginia University

April 28, 2016

Pianist and USC Thornton Musicology PhD candidate Keenan Reesor (MM ’10, piano performance) has accepted a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Music at Southern Virginia University, where he will begin teaching music history and piano in the fall. Reesor is a laureate of the Wideman and Virginia Waring International Piano Competitions and a […]


Musicologist Joanna Demers awarded research scholarship

April 18, 2016

USC Thornton Musicology faculty member Joanna Demers has received an Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences research grant from the University of Southern California Provost’s Office. The grant was awarded in acknowledgement of her forthcoming book, Musical Fictions: Conditions for the Possibility of Popular Music. Demers’ research covers popular and experimental music, philosophy, […]


Musicologist Andrew Cashner receives top honors from the American Musicological Society

December 22, 2015

Andrew Cashner, a member of the USC Thornton Musicology faculty, was recently presented with the Alfred Einstein Award at this year’s annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Louisville. The award, which honors a musicological article of exceptional merit, recognizes Cashner’s Journal of Early Modern History article, entitled “Playing Cards at the Eucharistic Table: […]


Musicologist Eric Davis highlights a newly discovered Ford Lee “Buck” Washington recording

November 30, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology doctoral candidate Eric Davis presented at the national meeting of the American Musicological Society in Louisville, Kentucky. He presented his paper on a recently discovered private recording of Ford Lee “Buck” Washington, who had originated the role of Jasbo Brown in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The paper, entitled Buck Washington’s Blues: A […]


Joanna Demers interviewed by the International Association for the Study of Popular Music

November 12, 2015

Joanna Demers, chair of USC Thornton Musicology department, was recently interviewed for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music website. Interviewer John Melillo explored the ideas and methodologies that led to Demers’ 2010 book on electronic music aesthetics, Listening Through the Noise (Oxford, 2010), as well as her forthcoming book, Drone and the […]


Remixer Todd Edwards visits EDM class

October 29, 2015

GRAMMY Award-winning house music producer Todd Edwards spoke last week to students of the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) course taught by Sean Nye of the USC Thornton Musicology program. Edwards, who has remixed tracks with artists such as Daft Punk, Wildchild, St. Germain, Benjamin Diamond, Justice, Klaxons and Dimitri From Paris, is highly regarded for […]


Joanna Demers publishes article on the legalities of musical sampling

May 7, 2015

USC Thornton Musicology professor Joanna Demers recently published an article entitled “Sound-alikes, Law, and Style,” exploring the legal nuances of musical sampling, in the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 83:2. Her third book, Drone and Apocalypse: An Exhibit Catalog for the End of the World, a fictionalized survey of twenty-first-century artistic […]


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