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USC Thornton Chamber Singers earn favorable reviews for performance with LACO

May 7, 2019

Last month, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra during Jaime Martín’s anticipated debut as LACO’s Music Director-Designate. When Martín’s tenure officially starts in September, he will take over for USC Thornton professor Jeffrey Kahane, who ended a 20-year run as LACO’s Musical Director in 2016. The Los Angeles Times […]


Andrew Norman named finalist for Pulitzer Prize for Music

May 7, 2019

USC Thornton Composition faculty member Andrew Norman (’02, MM ’04) was one of three finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his orchestral work Sustain.  Sustain is a large-scale work for orchestra that was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic to launch its 100th anniversary season. The LA Phil premiered the piece on […]


Bill Biersach’s Beatles class profiled in Daily Trojan

May 2, 2019

USC Thornton faculty member Bill Biersach and his class The Beatles: Their Music and Their Times was profiled in the Daily Trojan. The article discusses how Biersach has evolved the course since he created it over 20 years ago. The class is immensely popular with students, and Biersach refers to it as his “one really […]


Bear McCreary wins BAFTA Award

May 2, 2019

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumnus Bear McCreary ‘02 recently won the 2019 British Academy Games Awards in the Music category for his score of “God of War.” This award is one of many accolades McCreary has earned for this project. He previously was nominated for a Game Audio Network Guild award and won the second […]


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Sara Gazarek featured on KNKX

May 1, 2019

Sara Gazarek, a USC Thornton Jazz Studies faculty member and jazz vocalist, was featured on KNKX, a public radio station in the Pacific Northwest that highlights jazz and blues. The story discusses her success and her recent return to Seattle, her hometown, for a series of performances where the vocalist previewed her upcoming album, Thirsty Ghost.


Jej Visnon performs at the 2018 Popular Music Senior Showcase. (Photo by Dario Driffin/USC Thornton)

USC Thornton represented in the top 24 of NBC’s “The Voice”

May 1, 2019

Two contestants who performed live in the round of 24 of NBC’s The Voice Monday night were–past and future–USC Thornton signers. Popular Music alumnus Jej Vinson ’18 punched his ticket into the final 13 with his performance of “Love Lives” by Khalid and Normani. Dominic Haynes, who deferred his admittance to USC Thornton to pursue […]


Billy Childs to headline festival in New Zealand

April 30, 2019

Billy Childs ’79, a GRAMMY Award-winning artist and USC Thornton alumnus, will headline the 24th annual New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival on June 1. He will perform with his quartet alongside Dayna Stephens on saxophone, bassist Alex Boneham and drummer Christian Euman. The five-day, 26-show festival is one of New Zealand’s longest-running music […]


India Anderson selected as first female drum major of Trojan Marching Band

April 29, 2019

USC Thornton undergraduate India Anderson was selected as the 2019-2020 drum major of the USC Trojan Marching Band. For the first time in its over 100-year history, the Spirit of Troy will be led by a woman. “I think it’s just great to have the leader of the band be a woman,” Anderson told Annenberg […]


Argus Quartet performs in Detroit

April 25, 2019

The Argus Quartet was recently invited by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit to perform two performances with the Juilliard String Quartet in the Detroit metro area. The Argus Quartet includes USC Thornton alumni Clara Kim (DM ’15, violin) and Jason Issokan (MM ’10, violin), along with violist Dana Kelley and cellist Jo Whang. As […]


California Jazz Foundation honors Patrice Rushen

April 23, 2019

Patrice Rushen, chair of USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program, was awarded the prestigious Nica award by the California Jazz Foundation (CJF) earlier this month. The CJF bestows the honor to musicians who exemplify the legacy of Baroness Ponnica de Koenigswarter, a British-born jazz patron and writer who was a leader of bebop music. Robert Cutietta, […]


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