Alumni News from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

The Argus Quartet performs at Chico State

February 27, 2019

The Argus Quartet made its first appearance in Chico, Calif. on February 17th in the Zingg Recital Hall on the Chico State University campus. The quartet, which is comprised of USC Thornton alumni Clara Kim (DMA ’15, violin) and Jason Issokson (MM ’10, violin) along with violist Dana Kelley and cellist Jo Whang, performed a […]


MUNA featured on B-sides and badlands

February 21, 2019

MUNA, the hit band formed by USC Thornton Popular Music alumnae Katie Gavin ’15, Joesette Maskin ’16 and Naomi McPherson ’15 is featured on B-sides and Badlands’ Hook & Reel, a series showcasing music. They praise MUNA’s debut album, “About U” as still being a “queer-pop masterpiece” even two years after its release.


Sarah Rommel earns glowing review

February 21, 2019

In January, the Hans India Newspaper gave cellist and USC Thornton alumna Sarah Rommel (GRCT ’14, MM ’16) a glowing review for her performance with the ‘State of the Art’ (SOTA) Resonance Festival presented by British Airways at the Trident in India. In an interview with the newspaper, Rommel discussed her love for travel and […]


Portrait of Angela Meade

Inaugural Angela Meade Vocal Competition Established

February 14, 2019

Soprano and USC Thornton alumna Angela Meade (MM ’04) established the Angela Meade Vocal Competition at Pacific Lutheran University this January. After an initial review of all applicants, six finalists performed two songs in this public competition finale. Three winners were announced and were awarded up to $1000 and a trip to the east coast […]


Michael Christ Powers appointed as Orchestra Director at Westridge School

February 12, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Michael Christ Powers (MM ’05) was named Orchestra Director of the Westridge School in Pasadena, Calif. This March, he will take the Westridge Chamber Orchestra to Italy. Additionally, on January 19, Powers was the Star Guest Conductor with the Philharmonic Society’s Orange County Youth Symphony in a subscription concert for families and […]


Rozzi

Rozzi’s new music video featured on MTV

February 11, 2019

MTV featured USC Thornton Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane’s ‘13 new single, “Bad Together,” from her debut album of the same name, released in November 2018. Rozzi, as she is known professionally, wrote the song in a hotel in Laguna Beach after an emotional break-up. She said of the video, “it’s a very personal song […]


Vicki Ray

Vicki Ray earns rave reviews for her solo performance

February 6, 2019

Pianist and USC Thornton alumna Vicki Ray (DMA ’88) received a rave review from SF Classical Voice for her January 16 performance at CalArts REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. Ray performed a solo concert featuring two works with the accompaniment of visual projections by artist Carole Kim. The review described Ray as “stealing the show.”


Callisto Trio

Callisto Trio earns standing ovation in Amsterdam

January 31, 2019

Pianist Katelyn Vahala, a USC Thornton undergraduate, and alumna cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins ’18, are currently touring Holland and Bratislava with the Callisto Trio, which also features violinist Geneva Lewis. On Jan. 13, the trio earned a standing ovation for their performance of Schoenfield, Ives and Dvorak at the Concertgebouw. Formed in 2011, the Callisto Trio […]


Judith Farmer portrait

Judith Farmer performs at Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium

January 28, 2019

Judith Farmer, USC Thornton faculty member in bassoon, performed with alumnus Nick Gerpe (DMA ‘12) at the 2019 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium (MQVC), held at the Colburn School from January 11-13. MQVC is a three-day event that includes master classes, presentations, performances, and a competition for female bassoonists. Farmer, a 2016 GRAMMY […]


Sara Hiner

Sara Hiner named director of Settlement Music School’s Germantown Branch

January 23, 2019

USC Thornton alumna Sara Hiner (BM ’04, MM ’06) was recently appointed director of the Germantown Branch of the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. Settlement, one of the oldest and largest community schools of the arts in the nation, provides financial aid to more than 60% of their students in music, dance and the creative […]


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