News from the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Students, faculty, and alumni featured in Mozart summer festivals

May 31, 2018

USC Thornton students, faculty, and alumni will be featured in Mozart festivals on both coasts this summer. Beginning June 1st, the Mainly Mozart Festival takes over venues across San Diego County for its 30th anniversary season. On June 7th, Martin Chalifour, Thornton faculty member and concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, teams with classical guitarist […]


Sarah Gibson receives LACO Sound Investment commission

May 31, 2018

Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15), a USC Thornton alumna and a member of the school’s Composition faculty, has been selected as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Sound Investment composer for the 2018-19 season. Previous recipients of Sound Investment commissions include Ted Hearne, Matthew Aucoin, Ellen Reid, and Andrew Norman, now LACO’s creative advisor & composer-in-residence. […]


Molly Miller pens article for Premier Guitar

May 30, 2018

A sought-after Los Angeles guitarist, USC Thornton Studio Guitar alumna Molly Miller (BM ’11, DMA ’16) was recently published in Premier Guitar, in the first article of an ongoing series. Her piece, entitled “Dr. Molly’s Guitar Lab: The Badass Riffs of Sister Rosetta Tharpe,” breaks down the compositional patterns behind the “Original Soul Sister’s” distinctive […]


Alumnus J.G. Miller premieres new U.S. Cyber Command march

May 23, 2018

USC Thornton alumnus, Staff Sergeant J.G. Miller (DMA ’13, Horn), was recently invited to compose a new march for the U.S. Cyber Command, which was premiered on May 4th by the United States Army Field Band in a ceremony at Fort Meade, Maryland. The march can be here in this video at 58:00. Miller is […]


“Billboard” features Fabriq single

May 17, 2018

Billboard recently profiled the band Fabriq on the release of their third single, “Get Behind the Feeling.” Band members Daniel Davila (BM ’18) and Cooper Bell (BM ’18) are both recent graduates of the USC Thornton Popular Music program and draw inspiration from Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, and Jamiroquai. close According to the musicians, “Get […]


Two Thornton Vocal Arts alumna lead Tulsa “Turandot”

May 17, 2018

Sopranos Jessica Rose Cambio (MM ’06) and Alexandra Loutsion (MM ’08), both graduates of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program, recently starred in the Tulsa Opera’s production of Turandot, which ran from April 27th-29th. Loutsion and Cambio portrayed Turandot and Liù, respectively, under the baton of conductor James Lowe. Cambio debuted the role […]


Alumnus Garrett McQueen becomes Classical 24 radio host

May 16, 2018

Garrett McQueen (MM ’12, Bassoon), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion program, recently joined the hosting team of Classical 24, a nationally-syndicated radio program produced by American Public Media and Public Radio International. McQueen, who formerly hosted “The Afternoon Concert” on Knoxville’s WUOT-FM, is also an accomplished musician, performing with the St. […]


Los Angeles premiere of Mark Weiser opera at Art Share L.A.

May 15, 2018

The Place Where You Started, a chamber opera by USC Thornton Composition faculty member Mark Weiser with a libretto by Amy S. Punt, will be performed in collaboration with the Helix Collective, May 17-19 at Art Share L.A. The multimedia work, Weiser’s fourth opera, explores tensions around race and class. His previous opera, Where Angels […]


Jacob Broussard receives Wilma Mankiller Fellowship for Tribal Policy and Governance

May 15, 2018

Jacob Broussard (’18), a recent graduate of the USC Thornton Choral Music program, has received the Wilma Mankiller Fellowship for Tribal Policy and Governance, administered by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). Broussard, who previously received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship to undertake ethnomusicological research, will be working in Washington D.C. at the Embassy […]


Thornton classical guitarists to compete in Buffalo competition

May 15, 2018

Classical Guitar doctoral candidate Bo Byun and alumnus Jack Cimo (BM ’11) are semi-finalists for the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition, which will take place in Buffalo, New York, on June 6, 7, and 9. The semi-finals will be streamed live online at wned.org. The competition is produced by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra every […]


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