News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Classical Guitar students win big at recent competitions

May 5, 2014

Classical Guitar students Ines Thomé and Michael Gratovich recently won two separate international competitions. On April 11, Ines Thomé won First Prize in the Walnut Creek Guitar Competition. The prize includes engagements for a four-concert tour in 2015. On April 26, Michael Gratovich won First Prize in the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition. The prize includes a recital at the […]

Thornton students advance to Coleman Chamber Music Competition finals

May 5, 2014

Chamber ensemble Pico Winds, consisting of Thornton students Kat Standefer (flute), Rachel van Amburgh (oboe), Angelo Quail (clarinet), Brittany Seits (bassoon), and Erika Miras (horn), advanced to the finals of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. The Competition began in 1947 as the Coleman Auditions for young, non-professional performers. The annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition has become a highly respected national and international event with competitors coming […]

Frank Ticheli named Composer-In-Residence at the Hartt School, University of Hartford

April 28, 2014

From April 29 through May 4, Composition faculty Frank Ticheli will hold residency at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. Thirteen of his works will be performed by various Hartt School ensembles and community groups, including the orchestra, wind ensemble and symphonic band. Ticheli will also hold a masterclass for students involved in the school’s Young Composer […]

Andrew Norman to premiere new work with Los Angeles Philharmonic

April 28, 2014

Alumnus and Composition faculty Andrew Norman will premiere his latest piece, “Release,” with Emanuel Ax and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on May 1 and 3. The piece will be performed at the LA Phil’s “Ax Brahms Project: Ax & Dudamel” program at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lucinda Carver, vice dean of the Classical Performance & […]

USC Thornton alumni receive ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

April 18, 2014

Alumni Eric Guinivan and Sarah Rimkus were recipients of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. The program provides recognition and cash awards to talented young composers in the concert music field.  The recipients will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May […]

The Calder Quartet awarded Avery Fisher Career Grant

April 9, 2014

The Calder Quartet (Benjamin Jacobson, violin; Andrew Bulbrook, violin; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; Eric Byers, cello) was named as one of the recipients of the Avery Fisher Career Grants for 2014. The grants give professional assistance to instrumentalists judged to have exceptional career potential. Founded at USC, the Calder Quartet is known for the discovery, commissioning, […]

New album from Adam and Rotem Gilbert named “Editors Choice” by Early Music Today

April 4, 2014

Early Music faculty Adam and Rotem Gilbert’s group Ciaramella was honored by Early Music Today for their recent CD Dances on Movable Ground. The publication gave the album the designation of “Editor’s Choice,” and lauded the release for its “expressive fluidity and rhythmic vitality.” Ciaramella is a Renaissance ensemble that has recorded for the Naxos […]

Kathleen Grace’s album “No Place to Fall” receives positive reviews

April 4, 2014

Arizona Daily Star featured No Place to Fall, the latest album by Kathleen Grace, USC Thornton alumna and current Jazz Studies faculty. The album was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Sheldon Gomberg. Though Grace has a jazz background, No Place to Fall features some songs with a more country and folk appeal inspired by her Tucson […]

Garry Schyman wins British Academy of Film and Television Arts award

April 4, 2014

Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television faculty Garry Schyman won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for his work on the video game Bioshock Infinite. Schyman has also received the D.I.C.E. award for “Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition” from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in addition to the […]

Jenny Ching Yee Wong, DMA, selected to attend Oregon Bach Festival

March 25, 2014

Jenny Ching Yee Wong, DMA student in Choral Music, has been selected as one of 6-8 conductors worldwide to attend the prestigious Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon this summer. For three weeks, Jenny will be studying four major Bach choral-orchestral works and more with Helmuth Rilling and new artistic director Matthew Halls. Jenny will conduct the Festival Orchestra, choruses and […]

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