Faculty


Portrait of Josh Kun

Josh Kun

July 5, 2022

Josh Kun, the interim dean at the USC Thornton School of Music, is a professor and chair in cross-cultural communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. An award-winning cultural historian, critic and curator, Kun is a 2016 MacArthur fellow and an expert on the intersection of arts, culture and politics, with an… Continue reading Josh Kun


Photo of Katie Thiroux holding an upright bass.

Katie Thiroux

June 7, 2022

Following her prodigious beginnings on bass at age 8 and studies under renowned vocalist Tierney Sutton at 12, Thiroux was mentored by the legendary bassist John Clayton and was awarded a Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music while gaining experience on the bandstand with artists including Terrell Safford, Terri Lyne Carrington, Branford… Continue reading Katie Thiroux


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Christian Amonson

June 7, 2022

Christian Amonson is a recording engineer and producer specializing in acoustic music. Projects include John Williams and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Midori and the Kansas City Symphony, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at Abbey Road Studios in London and NPR’s JazzSet at the Kennedy Center, as well as groups like the LA… Continue reading Christian Amonson


Photo of Molly Miller holding a guitar in the sunlight

Molly Miller

June 7, 2022

Since Dr. Molly Miller picked up a guitar at age seven, she’s been captivating audiences with her sophisticated and raw style. She’s one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after musicians, recording and touring with artists such as Jason Mraz, Black Eyed Peas, Donna Missal and Sin Bandera at venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall… Continue reading Molly Miller


Photo of Jon Hatamiya playing a trombone

Jon Hatamiya

June 7, 2022

Trombonist, composer and B.A.C. endorsing artist Jon Hatamiya is one of the most promising trombonists to come out of the Sacramento area and is rapidly making a name for himself in both the New York and California music scenes. He was recognized in the August 2011 issue of Jet Magazine as the only trombonist on… Continue reading Jon Hatamiya


León F. García Corona

León F. García Corona

May 9, 2022

León F. García Corona is a music scholar whose work focuses on the intersections between music, race and social justice in Mexico and among its diasporic communities in the United States. His scholarship has been published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Latin American Music Review, American Music, the Canadian Journal of Latin American… Continue reading León F. García Corona


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Jeanine Cowen

May 2, 2022

Jeanine Cowen is an active media composer and educator. She has previously served as a professor in the game and interactive media scoring area at Berklee College of Music. She is an active freelance composer, music producer and sound designer focusing primarily on the intersection of audio and visual medias, with particular interest in the… Continue reading Jeanine Cowen


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Candice D. Mattio

April 25, 2022

Dr. Candice D. Mattio will join the USC Thornton School of Music this fall as Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning. Her research focuses on the intersections of musical creativity, social issues in contemporary and popular music education, and technology-based music teaching and learning contexts. Her work has been presented on the international, national,… Continue reading Candice D. Mattio


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Jonathan A. Gómez

April 25, 2022

Jonathan A. Gómez is a musicologist who studies Black American musics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as musics of the African diaspora more broadly. Gómez is particularly interested in working interdisciplinarily between music studies and Black studies, excavating the ways that Black people have turned to music as a site of identity… Continue reading Jonathan A. Gómez


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Seth Parker Woods

April 11, 2022

Cellist Dr. Seth Parker Woods has joined the faculty of USC Thornton as an assistant professor of practice beginning in April 2022. Woods will direct the USC Thornton Strings Department’s chamber music program while teaching cello. Woods, the recipient of the 2022 Chamber Music America Michael Jaffee Visionary Award hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who… Continue reading Seth Parker Woods