News from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Veronika Krausas

Veronika Krausas earns praise for new opera

June 10, 2019

Veronika Krausas, a USC Thornton Composition faculty member, debuted her newest opera to rave reviews last month. Ghost Opera, which premiered at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, earned positive press from the Calgary Herald and CBC. The Calgary Herald praised Krausas while describing the show as “visually opulent” and “theatrically mesmerizing.” “Krausas has […]

Louis Cole

Louis Cole and Bob Mintzer collaborate with WDR Big Band

June 7, 2019

In May, USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Louis Cole (’09) and Genevieve Artadi, his partner in their celebrated electronic funk-pop band, Knower, joined Bob Mintzer, chair of the USC Thornton Jazz Studies program, in a performance with WDR Big Band at JazzFest Bonn. Mintzer, who in 2016 became the bandleader of the award-winning band based […]

Nicholas Mendez Del Valle

Nicholas Méndez Del Valle wins Collegiate Concerto Competition

June 5, 2019

USC Thornton undergraduate pianist Nicholas Méndez Del Valle recently was the unanimous grand prize winner of the Santa Monica Symphony and Westside Music Foundation’s new Collegiate Concerto Competition. The Santa Monica Mirror profiled Del Valle for this accomplishment and mentioned his May 26 performance with the Santa Monica Symphony.


The Yellowjackets featured on Something Else

June 4, 2019

The music website Something Else recently featured an article on the founding of the Yellowjackets, an iconic jazz quartet that includes three USC Thornton faculty members – saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, and drummer Will Kennedy. According to the piece, Ferrante met the other founding members, Jimmy Haslip and Ricky Lawson, while working in […]

USC musicians to perform at LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight event

May 31, 2019

On Saturday, June 1 the LA Phil celebrates new music with their third-annual Noon to Midnight event, a twelve-hour marathon featuring many of California’s finest ensembles in pop-up performances around Walt Disney Concert Hall. The day-long lineup features several ensembles that feature USC Thornton musicians, including USC Thornton Percussion Group, HOCKET, Sakura Cello Quintet, Calder […]

Tim Page quoted in The New York Times

May 31, 2019

Tim Page, a professor of Musicology at USC Thornton, was quoted in the recent The New York Times article about Zubin Mehta passing the reigns of the Israel Philharmonic to Lahav Shani. Page said that Shani has his work cut out for him, but that the age of the 30-year-old maestro puts him in a position to […]

Nick Strimple releases new composition as part of NCCO Choral Series

May 30, 2019

Nick Strimple, Professor of Choral and Sacred Music at USC Thornton, recently released his new Christmas-Sacred choral composition, “Verbum caro factum est,” for unaccompanied SATB as part of the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO). Strimple wrote this Christmas motet, the Responsory to the eighth Lesson of Second Vespers on Christmas, in honor of the Reverand […]

Remembering Alice Schoenfeld

May 29, 2019

USC Thornton mourns the loss of beloved violin professor Alice Schoenfeld, who, along with her sister Elenore, leaves a lasting legacy at USC.

Christina Linhardt’s documentary gets picked up by Amazon

May 28, 2019

USC Thornton alumna Christina Linhardt’s ’97 documentary, Guantanamo Circus, was recently released on Amazon Prime. The documentary chronicles an ad hoc circus troupe performing at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, one of the world’s most notorious and controversial prisons, in 2006. Linhardt co-directed and scored the film, which won the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award. The score consisted of […]

Malachai Bandy

Malachai Brandy wins two major prizes

May 23, 2019

USC Thornton Musicology Ph.D. candidate Malachai Bandy recently won two prestigious awards: the Irene Alm Memorial Prize and the Ingolf Dahl Award in Musicology.  The Irene Alm Memorial Prize is awarded annually by the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music to the best student presentation or lecture at the society’s spring conference. Established in 1971, the Ingolf […]

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