Posts Tagged ‘Composition’


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A series of diverse, live events ushers in the fall 2022 semester at USC Thornton

July 20, 2022

A series of diverse, live events ushers in the fall 2022 semester at USC Thornton.


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Billy Childs premieres violin concerto at Grant Park Music Festival

July 12, 2022

​​GRAMMY Award-winning artist and Thornton alumnus Billy Childs (’79) premieres his Violin Concerto No. 2 at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago on July 15-16. The piece will be performed by the festival’s Project Inclusions String Quartet and features acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine as a soloist. Grant Park Music Festival co-commissioned the composition,… Continue reading Billy Childs premieres violin concerto at Grant Park Music Festival


Roger Neill premieres new musical comedy with Westwind Orchard

June 22, 2022

On June 4, Westwind Orchard will host the premiere of the musical comedy Da Ponte by Roger Neill (’86), an alumnus of USC Thornton’s Composition program, and Niel Cohen. The comedy explores the life of famous librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, his partnership with Mozart and how he came to run a grocery store in New… Continue reading Roger Neill premieres new musical comedy with Westwind Orchard


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Donald Crockett conducts piano quartet of Thornton alumni and faculty for MicroFest at The Wende Museum

June 3, 2022

USC Thornton Composition Program Chair Donald Crockett will conduct USC Thornton alumni Vicki Ray (DMA ’88), Steven Vanhauwaert (MM ’06, GCRT ’08) and Sarah Gibson (MM ’10, DMA ’15) and Thornton faculty member Aron Kallay in Ivan Wyschnegradsky’s “Music for Four Quarter-Tone Pianos” at MicroFest on June 3 at the Wende Museum. MicroFest is the… Continue reading Donald Crockett conducts piano quartet of Thornton alumni and faculty for MicroFest at The Wende Museum


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A Return to Form

May 25, 2022

Looking back on an amazing spring 2022 semester at USC Thornton including the return of live performances.


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A Time for Celebration

May 18, 2022

The USC Thornton community returned to campus to honor the Class of 2022.


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Rohan Chander releases debut album

May 16, 2022

USC Thornton doctoral student in composition Rohan Chander released his debut album, FINAL SKIN, on May 13 from Cantaloupe Records. Chander performed the new project at the kick-off of Wild Up’s newest LA Sunday series on May 15. Earlier this year, he was nominated for a 2022 Gaudeamus Award, one of the most prestigious recognitions… Continue reading Rohan Chander releases debut album


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Music of Remembrance premieres new work by Nicolas Lell Benavides

May 13, 2022

On May 15, Music of Remembrance presents the world premiere of Tres Minutos, a one-act opera by Thornton composition doctoral student Nicolas Lell Benavides and librettist Marella Martin Koch, with dramaturg Hector Vega. The opera follows the story of a sister and a brother who wrestle with questions of identity, duty and belonging during their… Continue reading Music of Remembrance premieres new work by Nicolas Lell Benavides


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2022 Outstanding Graduates

May 13, 2022

USC Thornton students in composition, choral music, musicology and violin performance are recognized for distinction.


A Joyous Finale

May 12, 2022

Composition major Adam Karelin is named valedictorian of USC and an outstanding graduate for USC Thornton’s Class of 2022.