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Angela Meade stars in LA Opera production of Roberto Devereux

February 21, 2020

Vocal Arts & Opera alum Angela Meade (MM ’04) will star as Queen Elizabeth I in LA Opera’s production of Roberto Devereux. The company premiere will run from Feb. 22 to March 14. This will be her third appearance with LA Opera, after her debut in 2012 in Don Giovanni, and her 2015 performance in […]


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Max Opferkuch appears on Performance Today for radio interview and performance

February 20, 2020

Max Opferkuch, award-winning clarinetist and USC Thornton student, appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s Performance Today program, as a 2019-2020 Young Artist In Residence. Opferkuch was interviewed by host Fred Child, and performed two pieces in the studio accompanied by pianist and Thornton DMA student Heejung Ju (GCRT ’13, MM ’16). Along with their appearance on […]


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Lynn Helding releases new book bridging brain science and music performance

February 19, 2020

Vocal Arts and Opera faculty member Lynn Helding has recently released her new book,


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Thornton artists feature prominently in Carnegie Hall 2020-21 season

February 17, 2020

Carnegie Hall has announced its 2020-21 season, with concerts featuring a number of USC Thornton artists. The Los Angeles Philharmonic returns to Carnegie Hall this season, after a 30 year absence, with two of four concerts featuring work by Composition faculty member and Thornton alum Andrew Norman (BM ’02, MM ’04). Oct. 8, the LA […]


Patrick O’Malley to make Carnegie Hall debut

February 13, 2020

USC Thornton Composition alum Patrick O’Malley (MM ’15, DMA ’19) will make his Carnegie Hall debut this May with the premiere of his new piece “Obliviana” performed by the New York Youth Symphony. “Obliviana” won the New York Youth Symphony’s 2019/20 season First Music Commissions award, a competition championing works by composers under 30. O’Malley’s […]


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Raphaël Dargent featured in ABC6 News story

February 12, 2020

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alum Raphaël Dargent (MM ’19), known as PHAR, was recently featured on ABC6 News in a story about his career as a film composer. Originally from Paris, PHAR pursued a career in business before deciding to follow his passion for music and move to Los Angeles to earn his master’s in […]


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Sarkis Baltaian and Derek Polischuk release album of Latin American music for piano

February 11, 2020

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies alumni Sarkis Baltaian (BM ’99, MM ’01, DMA ’07) and Derek Kealii Polischuk (BM ’01, MM ’04, DMA ’06) have released a new album titled Latin American Music for 2 Pianos. The album features Baltaian and Polischuk’s recordings of music by Carlos Guastavino, Manuel Ponce, Octávio Pinto, Astor Piazzolla, Aaron Copland, […]


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Ludwig Göransson featured on new single from Vargas and Lagola

February 10, 2020

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alum Ludwig Göransson (GC ’08) is featured on a new single from Swedish songwriters and producers Vargas & Lagola, titled “Somebody That Understands Me.” The ‘80s rock-inspired song includes an extended guitar solo by Göransson, who’s most known for his GRAMMY and Oscar-winning work as a producer and composer. Vargas & […]


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Rod Gilfry receives warm reviews for “Eurydice”

February 7, 2020

USC Thornton Vocal Arts faculty member Rod Gilfry has been met with warm reviews for his performance as Eurydice’s father in LA Opera’s “Eurydice,” a new opera composed by Matthew Aucoin with playwright Sarah Ruhl. The Los Angeles Times calls Gilfry’s performance an “exceptional accomplishment” and describes his character as “the voice from the beyond […]


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Angela Little talks Screen Scoring with Spectrum News

February 6, 2020

Screen Scoring alum Angela Little (MM ’19) was featured on Spectrum News this week, discussing how making the move to Los Angeles to attend USC Thornton helped propel her career as a composer. Originally from Australia, Little knew USC Thornton’s reputation and connection to the industry would bring her closer to her goal of becoming […]


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