Alumni News from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Guitarist and film scoring student Tim Callobre profiled in OZY

March 21, 2016

USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television (SMPTV) graduate student Tim Callobre (BA ’15, Music) was recently profiled in OZY magazine, which detailed his prodigious experience as a classical guitarist and his growing body of work in film scoring. Callobre has previously received a composition fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LAPhil) and has […]


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Daedelus and Kneebody profiled in the Wall Street Journal

March 15, 2016

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled USC Thornton Jazz Studies alumnus Alfred Darlington (BA ’00 in Music), known professionally as Daedelus, and his role in the jazz sextet Kneedelus, which performed at the Echoplex last week. Darlington, who began experimenting in electronic music while at Thornton, took on the persona of Daedulus as he produced […]


Yelena Dyachek wins Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

March 14, 2016

Soprano Yelena Dyachek, a Graduate Certificate candidate in the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program, was selected as a winner at the Grand Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City this past weekend. The Grand Finals are widely considered to be among nation’s most prestigious vocal competitions, regularly launching […]


Violinist Zhe Song joins the Spokane Symphony

March 8, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Zhe Song (GCRT ’15) has joined the Spokane Symphony in Spokane, Washington as a second violin. A native of Tianjin, China, Song has trained as a violinist since the age of three. She began her training at the Affiliated School of the Tianjin Conservatory of Music before completing both her Bachelor’s and […]


Andrew Norman premieres work with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil

March 1, 2016

Andrew Norman, a member of the USC Thornton Composition faculty, premiered a work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil), under conductor Gustavo Dudamel, last week. Norman’s Play: Level 1 is adapted from his 2013 orchestral cycle, Play, which echoes the exuberantly frenetic, startlingly disjointed experience of video game-play, and which was recorded on CD […]


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Rave review for jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire

February 26, 2016

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (MM ’07, jazz studies), former USC Thornton faculty member and an alumnus, received praise for his recent performance at Chicago’s Constellation club. Akinmusire headlined alongside a quartet of musicians who, according to reviewer Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, “drew the largest crowd” seen at the venue in recent years. The Tribune […]


Ben Bram and Scott Hoying win second GRAMMY Awards with Pentatonix

February 16, 2016

USC Thornton alums Ben Bram (’10, music industry) and Scott Hoying won their second GRAMMY Awards last night for their arrangement of Pentatonix’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” from the a cappella super-group’s “That’s Christmas to Me” album. For the second straight year, the duo won for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, the […]


Cellist Marek Szpakiewicz to be featured in Tohuku earthquake memorial concert

February 11, 2016

Cellist and USC Thornton alumnus Marek Szpakiewicz (MM ’01, DMA ’08) will be featured as a soloist in a March 13 concert with pianist Fuzjko Hemming. The concert, at the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2011 Tohuku earthquake and tsunami. Featuring music from Schubert to Mozart to Brahms, the […]


Alumna Julie Boardman produces Forest Whitaker debut on Broadway

February 10, 2016

USC Thornton alumna Julie Boardman (BS ’04, music industry) will co-produce the Broadway debut of fellow USC alumnus Forest Whitaker this month in Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie.” The Michael Grandage-directed play is set in a faded hotel in Manhattan where a down-on-his-luck gambler mourns the death of the hotel’s night clerk, Hughie, and recalls his glory […]


Alumnus Robin Buck featured in Long Beach Opera’s “Candide”

January 28, 2016

Baritone and USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumnus Robin Buck (MM ’85) is currently appearing in the Long Beach Opera’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” running Jan. 23 and 30. Buck performs the roles of Pangloss and Voltaire in the operetta, which won four Tony Awards in 1974. Buck has sung extensively as a featured artist […]


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