News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Bear McCreary, Calder Quartet profiled by LA Times

March 21, 2014

USC Thornton alumnus Bear McCreary and the Calder Quartet — comprised of alumni Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook, Jonathan Moerschel and Eric Byers — were interviewed by the Los Angeles Times for a feature on McCreary’s work as the composer for the Starz series “Da Vinci’s Demons.” McCreary and the members of the Calder Quartet met while freshmen at USC […]


Los Angeles Master Chorale “Tribute to Lauridsen” reviewed by LA Times, Class Act

March 21, 2014

Last weekend’s sold-out Los Angeles Master Chorale event “Tribute to Lauridsen,” which honored the life and works of USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen, received positive reviews from a variety of local news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and classical music blog, Class Act. Times critic Richard Ginell called the evening an “extravagant gesture that […]


Bruce Forman’s band Cow Bop profiled in Monterey County Weekly

March 19, 2014

Jazz/Studio Guitar faculty Bruce Forman was recently interviewed by Monterey County Weekly for a profile on Cow Bop — the jazz-cowboy swing combo fronted by Forman and his wife, who performs under the name Pinto Pammy. Since forming a decade ago, Cow Bop has performed at the Montreal & Monterey Jazz Festivals, the Sisters Folk Festival, as well […]


Ambrose Akinmusire profiled by NPR Music, DownBeat Magazine

March 17, 2014

Jazz Studies faculty and USC Thornton alumnus Ambrose Akinmusire was recently interviewed by NPR Music to promote the release of his upcoming album, the imagined savior is far easier to paint. Akinmusire is also features on the cover of the April 2014 edition of DownBeat Magazine.


Morten Lauridsen interviewed by Southern California blog ‘All Is Yar’

March 17, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Composition Morten Lauridsen was recently interviewed by CK Dexter Haven for the Southern California culture blog All Is Yar. Lauridsen’s longstanding relationship with USC Thornton and USC at-large was a major focus of the piece, with Lauridsen comparing his time as a USC student in the 1960s with the experiences of […]


Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Pepe Romero to perform at Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

March 15, 2014

Keyboard Studies faculty Bernadene Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald, as well as Classical Guitar faculty Pepe Romero, will perform at next week’s Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. The event, which features a variety of performances by musicians from around the world, runs through March 21. A full schedule of the festival’s scheduled performances can be found on […]


USC Bass Tuba Quartet to compete at International Tuba Euphonium Conference

March 14, 2014

The USC Bass Tuba Quartet – consisting of Thornton students Brandon Davis, Danny Garcia, Charlie Mann and Michael Murrin – has been chosen for the competition at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference at Indiana University in May. In addition, the entire class of six – the USC Thornton Tubas – has a featured evening concert […]


Donald Crockett to perform with Boston Modern Orchestra Project

March 11, 2014

Composition faculty and chair Donald Crockett will perform his work “Blue Earth” in an upcoming concert entitled “Boston ConNECtion,” presented in collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and the New England Conservatory (NEC). NEC has also named Crockett a visiting composer-in-residence. The event takes place at NEC on March 28, 2014. Tickets and […]


Temple City Tribune previews performance by student Ga Hyun Cho

March 10, 2014

The Temple City Tribune previewed the Shumei Arts Council’s Clyde Montgomery Concert, which will occur on April 6 in Pasadena. The concert will feature selected musicians from USC Thornton, including Ga Hyun Cho — a Startling Foundation Scholarship recipient who studies under Strings Chair Midori Goto, world-renowned violinist and Distinguished Professor at USC. The program is organized […]


Morten Lauridsen to participate in Fairfax Choral Society residency

March 7, 2014

This month, composition faculty Morten Lauridsen will join the Fairfax Choral Society (FCS) for a four day residency that will include masterclasses, seminars, and a culminating concert featuring the FCS Adult Chorus and Master Singers performing Lauridsen’s choral works with the composer himself at the piano. The concert program will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture, and […]


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