Posts Tagged ‘Classical Performance and Composition’


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Cameron Akioka wins silver medal at the Seattle International Piano Competition

October 19, 2022

USC Thornton Keyboard Studies graduate student Cameron Akioka won the silver medal, the James Miles Memorial Presidential Prize and attendee-vote Audience Favorite Award at the Seattle International Piano Competition. The announcement was made on Oct. 9. 43 pianists from North America, Europe and Asia submitted entries for the Collegiate Artists category. Akioka, who studies with… Continue reading Cameron Akioka wins silver medal at the Seattle International Piano Competition


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Kelly Sulick releases new album

October 14, 2022

USC Thornton Winds & Percussion alumna Kelly Sulick (MM ‘06) recently released an album of 20th- and 21st-century American works for flute and piano titled “Duo.” The album, recorded with pianist John Mayhood and released by Centaur Records, features works by Aaron Copland, John Harbison, Jennifer Higdon and Halsey Stevens, and it also includes the… Continue reading Kelly Sulick releases new album


Samantha Epp wins principal bassoon position with Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra

October 7, 2022

Samantha Epp (‘20, MM ‘22), a USC Thornton Winds & Percussion Department alumna, recently won the principal bassoon position with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. Epp has previously played with groups such as the American Youth Symphony.


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Derek Polischuk performs on PBS series “Music for Justice”

October 5, 2022

Pianist and USC Thornton alumnus Derek Polischuk (DMA ‘06) was featured in an episode of the “Music for Social Justice” series on PBS. In the episode, he performed music from his album “Terra Incognita” with composer Tom Osborne (DMA ‘06). The album celebrates the beauty of Hawaii while also sharing its traumatic path to statehood.


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Michael Lee’s “Ghost Break Dance” to be performed at SF Music Day

October 3, 2022

USC Thornton Composition program alumnus Michael Lee’s (DMA ‘17) “Ghost Break Dance,” a work for violin and cello that was premiered in 2019 by Ensemble Ari, will be performed by the group again at the 15th annual San Francisco Music Day on October 9 at the SF War Memorial Hall. SF Music Day is the… Continue reading Michael Lee’s “Ghost Break Dance” to be performed at SF Music Day


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Lynn Helding named editor in chief of Journal of Singing

September 30, 2022

Lynn Helding, a professor of practice and the coordinator of vocology and voice pedagogy in the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program, has been named the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Singing. The Journal of Singing is the only English language international periodical dedicated exclusively to voice art, pedagogy, science, technology and health… Continue reading Lynn Helding named editor in chief of Journal of Singing


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World-Builder

September 29, 2022

Composer/performer Rohan Chander (MM ’22) impresses international jury with his identity-driven work. 


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Moni Simeonov appointed director of string studies at CSU Long Beach

September 28, 2022

USC Thornton Strings Department alumnus Moni Simeonov (GC ‘07, DMA ‘18) has been appointed as the director of string studies with the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. He also recently accepted the position of interim Edelman chair of chamber music with the Colburn School of Music.


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Angel Velez music directs live performance honoring Arturo Sandoval

September 26, 2022

Thornton alumnus and conductor Angel Velez (MA ‘14) serves as music director and concert producer for “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story” Live in Concert With Arturo Sandoval and the University of Miami’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. This performance honoring the accomplishments of the four-time GRAMMY winning Cuban trumpeter and Presidential Medal of… Continue reading Angel Velez music directs live performance honoring Arturo Sandoval


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Laura Leigh Spillane promoted to conductor with the National Children’s Chorus

September 23, 2022

Third-year choral music doctoral student Laura Leigh Spillane has been promoted to conduct the Concerto Ensemble with the National Children’s Chorus. She was also recently named a part-time faculty member at Saddleback College, where she will serve as director of the Saddleback Chamber Singers.