Student Accomplishments from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Hannah Abrahim

Three Music Industry Students win MBA scholarships

June 20, 2019

The Music Business Association recently awarded scholarships to three USC Thornton Music Industry students. Hannah Abrahim, Ugonnaya Chilaka and Chandler Lawn were selected based on their academic achievement and evidence of future potential to receive financial assistance through the Association’s Scholarship Foundation. Since 1966, these scholarships have assisted the children of Music Business Association members […]


USC Percussion Group

USC Percussion Group noted in LA Times

June 19, 2019

The USC Percussion Group performed “Fear-Release” by Ellen Reid at the third-annual LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight event. The LA Times mentioned the performance in their review of the event, saying it was “captivating in its gentle rustling.” Also mentioned was Thornton alumna and faculty member Sara Gibson’s performance with HOCKET and percussionist Michael Basak’s […]


Nicholas Mendez Del Valle

Nicholas Méndez Del Valle wins Collegiate Concerto Competition

June 5, 2019

USC Thornton undergraduate pianist Nicholas Méndez Del Valle recently was the unanimous grand prize winner of the Santa Monica Symphony and Westside Music Foundation’s new Collegiate Concerto Competition. The Santa Monica Mirror profiled Del Valle for this accomplishment and mentioned his May 26 performance with the Santa Monica Symphony.


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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Thomas Mellan presents Ukrainian premiere of Messiaen organ work

October 2, 2018

Thomas Mellan (BM ’17), who is currently double majoring in Organ Studies and Composition at USC Thornton, recently undertook a Summer concert tour of France and the Ukraine, performing in spectacular churches and festival venues, including Saint-Antoine-l’Abbaye and Saint-Martin d’Esquermes. In Lviv, Ukraine, Mellan presented a series of three concerts at the Lviv Organ Hall, […]


Daniel Linder joins University of Arizona piano faculty

September 19, 2018

Pianist and USC Thornton doctoral candidate Daniel Linder recently took the position of Assistant Professor of Music in the Keyboard/Accompanying department of the University of Arizona’s Fox School of Music. Linder, who was named a 2018 USC Thornton Outstanding Graduate, also earned the 2018 Fresno Musical Club Susan Torres Award, and received first prize in […]


Senior Logan Nelson finalist for World Soundtrack award

September 18, 2018

The World Soundtrack Academy organizes a composition contest every year for young, international film composers. If selected, the composer will write a symphonic score for a selected film or TV excerpt and will be given the SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer, worth $2500. This year, USC Thornton Composition […]


Caroline Wilkins

Harpist Caroline Hales wins Music Academy’s Concerto Competition

August 20, 2018

Harpist Caroline Hales (BM ’16), a master’s candidate in the USC Thornton Strings program, recently won the Music Academy of the West’s 2018 Concerto Competition. Hales, who studies with JoAnn Turovsky, serves as principal harpist with the American Youth Symphony, the Debut Chamber Orchestra, and the USC Thornton Symphony. Winners of the Concerto Competition will […]


Choral & Sacred Music students find professional success

July 23, 2018

Several graduate students of the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program have recently brought their work to larger audiences. DMA candidate Irene Apanovitch-Leites presented at the Canadian Choral Directors’ Summer Conference in late June. She will bring her presentation, “How Do Singers Relate: Exploring the Connection Between Empathy and Choral Singing,” to the ACDA […]


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