Vocal Arts and Opera News from the 2014-2015 Academic Year

USC Thornton celebrates final Charles Dickens Dinner

January 5, 2015

Friends and fans of the USC Thornton School of Music celebrated the holiday season as they have for more than a quarter of a century – at the Charles Dickens Dinner. The Dec. 12 event, titled “Remembering Dickens Past,” raised money for scholarships. Three talented student musicians – Annelle Kazumi Gregory, Tina Huynh and Max […]


Alumna Angela Meade featured on cover of Opera News

December 16, 2014

Vocal Arts alumna Angela Meade (MM ’04) was featured on the cover of Opera News magazine, published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild. The former student of Vocal Arts professor Gary Glaze and November cover star was featured in the 13th annual diva issue as a young, powerful, and undeniably talented soprano. Her voice was described […]


Ken Cazan interviewed in Crescent Valley Weekly on Hans Werner Henze’s “The English Cat”

December 1, 2014

Ken Cazan, chair of the Vocal Arts program and resident stage director of USC Thornton Opera, was interviewed in the Crescent Valley Weekly about the West Coast premiere of The English Cat, the 1983 opera written by famed 20th-century composer Hans Werner Henze featuring a libretto by controversial British playwright, Edward Bond. “Opera was not […]


Cynthia Munzer leads Lung Force Walk; named artistic director of Musiktheater Bavaria

November 11, 2014

USC Thornton Vocal Arts faculty Cynthia Munzer led and completed the inaugural Lung Force Walk in Los Angeles on November 1. Sponsored by the American Lung Association, the event supported a nationwide initiative against lung cancer. Munzer spoke about the importance of raising awareness for lung cancer and working to focus resources on lunch cancer […]


Calder Quartet to perform with Bear McCreary (BM ’02), Melanie Henley Heyn (BM, ’04)

November 7, 2014

The Broad Stage’s ensemble-in-residence, the Calder Quartet – originally formed at USC Thornton by alumni Benjamin Jacobson (BM ’01, MM ’07), Andrew Bulbrook (BM, ’02), Jonathan Moerschel (BM ’01, MM ’03), and Eric Byers (BM, ’03) – will be joined by fellow alumni Emmy Award-winning composer Bear McCreary (BM ’02) and soprano Melanie Henley Heyn (BM, ’04) for two […]


Ken Cazan praised in Opera News for directorial work on “Dead Man Walking”

September 25, 2014

USC Thornton Vocal Arts Chair and Resident Stage Director of USC Thornton Opera Ken Cazan recently directed a production of the opera Dead Man Walking for Central City Opera in Central City, CO. Opera News reviewed the work, calling Cazan’s directorial skills “some of his finest work here, mining the deep humanity of this opera and helping […]


Morgan Middleton to perform at Congressional Black Caucus Foundation events

September 22, 2014

Morgan Middleton (BM, ’15) will perform at the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The CBCF advances the global Black community through premier research and educational advancement. Middleton, who currently studies under USC Thornton Vocal Arts faculty Cynthia Munzer, was also awarded the […]


Ken Cazan’s staging work on “As One” reviewed by New York Times, Wall Street Journal

September 11, 2014

Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts department and resident stage director of USC Thornton Opera, recently directed Laura Kaminsky’s “As One” — a chamber opera commissioned by American Opera Projects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fishman Space. Hailed by both The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal for its […]


Ana Guigui (DMA, ’13) named Associate Professor of Voice at the Berklee College of Music

September 8, 2014

USC Thornton alumna Ana Guigui (DMA, ’13) recently accepted a position as Associate Professor of Voice at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and will begin teaching this September. Guigui, who completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Arts, will directly apply her training, abilities and experience towards this exciting new position. Guigui […]


Brent McMunn receives positive reviews for ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

July 23, 2014

USC Thornton Vocal Arts faculty and musical director of the USC Thornton Opera Brent McMunn earned rave reviews for his conducting of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Summerfest. The Pittsburgh Tribute noted that McMunn “conducted a superb performance” and “was impressive technically,” while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called the opera an”exhilarating theatrical experience.” […]


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