Winds and Percussion News from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Student Emily Browne takes principal position with Spokane Symphony

September 25, 2015

USC Thornton masters student Emily Browne has won the position of Johnston-Fix Principal Chair, Horn, with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, under music director Eckart Preu. Browne currently studies with Kristy Morrell in the Winds and Percussion program.


Horn alumna Laura Brenes releases debut album

September 2, 2015

French Horn player and USC Thornton alumna Laura Brenes (MM ’02) has released her debut album, “a Time and a Place,” which features original music composed for her by fellow alumni Bear McCreary (BM ’02, composition), Daniel James Chan (GCRT ’08, SMPTV), Chris Bacon (GCRT ’05), SMPTV, and Damian Montano (MM ’02, bassoon). Supporting ensembles […]


T.J. Tesh joins fellow trumpet alumnus in U.S. Naval Academy Band

August 25, 2015

Trumpeter and USC Thornton alumnus T.J. Tesh (DMA ’12) was recently awarded membership in the United States Naval Academy Band, a premiere, Washington D.C.-based military ensemble. Tesh will perform with the organization’s concert band, jazz ensemble, brass quintet, brass ensemble, and ceremonial units. Tesh also joins fellow Thornton alumnus Matt Harriman (DMA ’12, trumpet), who […]


Alumni take positions with several American orchestras

August 18, 2015

Several USC Thornton alumni have been awarded orchestral positions. Percussion alumnus Tyler Stell (MM ’12, GCRT ’14) will join the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra as principal timpani, while fellow alumnus Matt Howard (BM ’12) will take a percussion position with the New World Symphony of Miami. Alumna Esther Armendariz (BM ’13, trombone) has won the position […]


Michele Zukovsky, principal Philharmonic clarinetist and USC Thornton faculty, to retire from orchestra

July 16, 2015

Michele Zukovsky, principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a member of the USC Thornton Winds and Percussion faculty, will retire from the L.A. Phil at the end of 2015. Zukovsky joined the orchestra in 1961 at the age of 18 and has performed with the group for 54 years. Early in her tenure, […]


News archive