Posts Tagged ‘Keyboard Studies’


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Katelyn Vahala named a prize winner at 2022 International Bach Competition

August 1, 2022

Thornton Keyboard Studies Department doctoral student Katelyn Vahala (’18, MM ’21) was named a Bach prize winner in piano at the 2022 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition held July 12-23 in Leipzig, Germany.


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Steven Vanhauwaert joins faculty at University of Utah School of Music

July 8, 2022

Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert (MM ’06, GCRT ’08), an alumnus of the USC Thornton Keyboard Studies program, was named an assistant professor of piano/collaborative piano at the University of Utah’s School of Music. He will begin his new position in the fall 2022 semester.


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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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Thornton Keyboard Studies program student Cameron Williams featured in The Daily Trojan

May 23, 2022

Cameron Williams, a USC Thornton student majoring in piano performance and computer science games, discussed his passions for both music and designing video games in an article for the Daily Trojan. Williams began studying piano with USC Thornton faculty member Bernadene Blaha when he was a senior in high school, and he has continued to… Continue reading Thornton Keyboard Studies program student Cameron Williams featured in The Daily Trojan


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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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Thornton students and alumni win at Virginia Waring International Piano Competition

May 18, 2022

Several USC Thornton students and alumni won awards in the 2022 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. Christopher Richardson, a master’s student in the Thornton Keyboard Studies program, won second place in the concerto division. Keyboard studies DMA candidate Andrew Boyle and USC Thornton alumnus Benjamin Hopkins (BM ’12, GC ’14, MM ’16) also won solo… Continue reading Thornton students and alumni win at Virginia Waring International Piano Competition


Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Sharon Lavery perform with the Downey Symphony Orchestra

May 6, 2022

On May 7 at 8 p.m., Thornton Keyboard Studies Department Professor Kevin Fitz-Gerald performed as a soloist with the Downey Symphony Orchestra in “Third Time’s A Charm,” an evening of music featuring Mozart’s overture to Don Giovanni and Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 56. The symphony, which features many… Continue reading Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Sharon Lavery perform with the Downey Symphony Orchestra


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Memories and Lessons Learned

May 5, 2022

As USC Thornton commences the spring 2022 semester, graduating seniors look back at their time as Thornton Ambassadors.


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Meet the new faculty: Seth Parker Woods

April 11, 2022

As part of a new series this spring, USC Thornton is introducing a number of exceptional new faculty members at the school. Acclaimed cellist Dr. Seth Parker Woods  joins the faculty as an assistant professor of practice, string chamber music and cello. A recipient of the 2022 Chamber Music America Michael Jaffee Visionary Award and hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and… Continue reading Meet the new faculty: Seth Parker Woods


USC Thornton alumni and faculty win at 2022 GRAMMY Awards

April 4, 2022

Faculty member Vince Mendoza and alums Grant Gershon, Robert Istad, and Carlos Rafael Rivera are among those who won awards.