Student Accomplishments

LACO premieres new commission by Juan Pablo Contreras

February 13, 2019

This week, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will premiere composer and USC Thornton DMA student Juan Pablo Contreras’ new piano quintet, Musas Mexicanas. The two-night debut will take place Thursday, Feb. 13 at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater and Friday, Feb. 15 at The Huntington in San Marino. Commissioned as part of LACO’s In Focus series […]


Max Opferkuch

Max Opferkuch wins Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition

February 7, 2019

Clarinetist Max Opferkuch, an undergraduate at USC Thornton and the principal clarinetist in the student-run USC Concerto Chamber Orchestra, won the Grand Prize of the 33rd Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition. As part of his prize, he received $6000 to support his studies. The showcase for string, woodwind and brass music students from Southern California aged […]


Yoko Rosenbaum

Yoko Rosenbaum presents research at National Collegiate Research Conference

February 5, 2019

Yoko Rosenbaum, a sophomore double major in Piano Performance at USC Thornton and Philosophy, Politics, and Law at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, presented at the 2019 National Collegiate Research Conference, the nation’s largest student-run research conference, at Harvard University from January 24-26. Rosenbaum’s looked at the lives and works of renowned […]


Callisto Trio

Callisto Trio earns standing ovation in Amsterdam

January 31, 2019

Pianist Katelyn Vahala, a USC Thornton undergraduate, and alumna cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins ’18, are currently touring Holland and Bratislava with the Callisto Trio, which also features violinist Geneva Lewis. On Jan. 13, the trio earned a standing ovation for their performance of Schoenfield, Ives and Dvorak at the Concertgebouw. Formed in 2011, the Callisto Trio […]


Kate Crellin

Kate Crellin to present research at ACDA Conference

January 10, 2019

Kate Crellin, a senior in the Choral & Sacred Music program, will present her research project “Transgender Students in the Choral Classroom: Creating Safe & Accepting Environment” at the 2019 National American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Conference that begins on Feb. 27 in Kansas City, Mo. For this project, she interviewed transgender singers to learn […]


Jose Kropp

Jose Kropp earns Regional Emmy

January 9, 2019

Screen Scoring Master’s student, Jose Kropp, earned a 2018 Suncoast Regional Emmy in the Public Service Announcement category for his composition of “Child Sexual Abuse Prevention – Lauren’s Kids,” a 30-second television message. The PSA aired widely on all the major television networks throughout Florida. He shares the award with five other individuals who helped […]


Erik Jovel

Erick Jovel wins position with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

December 20, 2018

Trumpeter Erick Jovel, a USC Thorton DMA student, was appointed to the second trumpet position with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on November 20. LACO describes Jovel as a “musician whose versatility ranges from orchestral to jazz and other commercial music.” A native of Los Angeles, Jovel has numerous years experience performing with a variety of […]


Eva Schaumkell wins James Ramos International Competition

December 20, 2018

Eva Schaumkell, a doctoral student in Keyboard Studies, earned first prize the James Ramos International Video Competition for her video of Liszt’s Rigoletto Paraphrase. She performed the recording in October at the 2018 California Association of Professional Music Teachers Conference, held in Redondo Beach. Additionally, Schaumkell performed a recital of Mozart and Beethoven Quartets on […]


Senior Logan Nelson wins at World Soundtrack Awards

November 2, 2018

USC Thornton Composition senior Logan Nelson has won the SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer from the World Soundtrack Academy. The annual competition calls for submissions of original symphonic film or TV scores and includes a cash prize of €2500. Nelson will have the opportunity to hear his winning […]


Juan Pablo Contreras premieres new work with LACO

October 4, 2018

Tonight, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will present the U.S. premiere of current doctoral student Juan Pablo Contreras’ harp concerto, Ángel Mestizo. The event, which begins at 8:00 pm at Hauser + Wirth in Downtown Los Angeles, is part of SESSION, a series in which LACO musicians collaborate with compelling composers in unique spaces.   […]


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