News from the 2020-2021 Academic Year

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Julia Tai named Music Director of Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale

November 4, 2020

USC Thornton alum Julia Tai (BM ’02, MM ’04) has been named the new Music Director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Tai also currently serves as the Music Director of Philharmonia Northwest and Co-Artistic Director of the Seattle Modern Orchestra. In an article from the Missoulian, Tai shared that she is looking forward […]


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Ted Herne’s Farming awarded Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grant

November 4, 2020

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage recently announced a $360,000 project grant for Farming, a forthcoming new work by Composition faculty member Ted Hearne produced with The Crossing chamber choir. The concert-length work will premiere in the summer of 2023 with a performance at Kings Oaks Farm, a sustainable farm located in Bucks County, […]


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William E. Doyle wins Saturday Visiter Award for Poe-inspired opera

November 2, 2020

USC Thornton alum William E. Doyle (DMA ‘88) was recently awarded the Saturday Visiter Award for “Original Works Inspired by E.A. Poe’s Life and Writing” from the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival in October. Doyle received the award for his 2019 work “Extraordinary Tales in Music”, a 90-minute opera that explores the works that influenced […]


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Peter Shin announced as 2020-2021 Sound Investment composer

October 29, 2020

Peter Shin (MM ’17), an alum of USC Thornton’s Composition program, was announced this summer as the newest Sound Investment Composer in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Sound Investment program, a commissioning club enabling supporters to sponsor the work of each season’s featured composer and follow the composer’s creative process from start to finish. Shin’s […]


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Steven Vanhauwaert releases two new albums

October 28, 2020

Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert (MM ‘06, GCRT ‘08), an alum of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, recently released two new albums, Paris <> Los Angeles: Milhaud, Mozart, Zeisl and Ferruccio Busoni: l’Énigme. Both albums are released by the independent French label Editions Hortus, with which Vanhauwaert has previously released multiple albums. Paris <> Los Angeles: […]


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Jenny Wong named Associate Artistic Director of Los Angeles Master Chorale

October 27, 2020

Jenny Wong (MM ‘13, DMA ’17), an alum of USC Thornton’s Choral & Sacred Music program, has been appointed to the newly created role of Associate Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC). Wong first joined the ensemble as Assistant Conductor in 2016, and was named Associate Conductor in 2017. The Los Angeles […]


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Jo-Michael Scheibe conducts Formosa Singers in Taipei

October 26, 2020

Jo-Michael Scheibe, a faculty member in USC Thornton’s Choral and Sacred Music program, conducted the Formosa Singers in Taipei in a concert in the National Concert Hall of Taiwan on October 8. Scheibe led the Formosa Singers, one of the oldest choral ensembles in Taiwan, in a program of Taiwanese folk music, including Taiwanese aboriginal […]


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Alumna Elvia Puccinelli launches first international society for keyboard collaborative arts

October 22, 2020

USC Thornton alumna Elvia Puccinelli (MM ’91, DMA ’00) led the launch of the first international society for keyboard collaborative arts, the International Keyboard Collaborative Arts Society, as part of the fifth annual CollabFest conference on Oct. 15-17. Puccinelli, associate professor of music and coordinator of collaborative piano at the University of North Texas College of […]


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Angel Velez launches Silent Films Live: Halloween Uncanceled

October 22, 2020

USC Thornton Music Education alum Angel Velez (MA ‘14), a conductor, educator and Associate Board Member for Education Through Music-Los Angeles (ETM-LA), will host Silent Films Live: Halloween Uncanceled, a family-friendly virtual celebration of silent film benefiting ETM-LA. The event will include a virtual concert of six silent film scores reimagined by guest composers and […]


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Vivian Stover awarded 2020 Eileen Southern Travel Grant

October 21, 2020

Vivian Stover, an undergraduate student in the Vocal Arts & Opera program, was awarded the Eileen Southern Travel Grant by the American Musicology Society (AMS) in September. The grant is awarded annually to undergraduate and graduate students underrepresented in the field of musicology, and provides funds to support travel and lodging expenses for awardees to […]


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