Posts Tagged ‘Vocal Arts and Opera’


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Turbulent Destinations

November 16, 2022

The USC Thornton Opera program presents Jonathan Dove and April De Angelis’ witty and moving opera, “Flight.”


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Reyna Gordon leads scientific study of genetic link to musicality traits

October 26, 2022

USC Thornton Vocal Arts department alumna Reyna Gordon (BM ‘01) has led the first large-scale study that discovered how the ability to move in synchrony with the beat of music is coded in human genomes. Assembled by an international multidisciplinary team of experts and in collaboration with personal genetics company 23andMe, the study assessed beat… Continue reading Reyna Gordon leads scientific study of genetic link to musicality traits


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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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A Summer to Remember

September 15, 2022

Thornton Student Ambassadors look back on a summer of unforgettable opportunities and important lessons.


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Darryl Taylor hosts international conference for African American Art Song Alliance 25th Anniversary Celebration

September 8, 2022

Darryl Taylor (MM ‘91, DMA ‘95), founder of the African American Art Song Alliance (AASA), hosts the AASA’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference October 13-16 at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. The international conference will focus on African American contributions to classical music in two main areas: social… Continue reading Darryl Taylor hosts international conference for African American Art Song Alliance 25th Anniversary Celebration


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New Avenues of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy

August 24, 2022

USC Thornton welcomes a new crop of faculty members, recognizes long-standing faculty with promotions.


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Rod Gilfry makes debut as Claudius in Brett Dean’s “Hamlet” at The Met

May 24, 2022

On May 13, two-time GRAMMY nominee and Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera faculty member Rod Gilfry debuted as Claudius in the Metropolitan Opera Company premiere of Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet, a bold adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless drama. Gilfry is an acclaimed worldwide performer in opera, musicals and cabaret. Throughout his career, he has performed… Continue reading Rod Gilfry makes debut as Claudius in Brett Dean’s “Hamlet” at The Met


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Starting New Journeys

May 10, 2022

USC Thornton alumni Emily Rosenfield and Diana Newman reflect on their recent debuts, while student Dominic Anzalone and alumnus and current graduate certificate student David Riccobono look forward to new opportunities.


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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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Expanding the Definition of a Music School 

April 21, 2022

Robert Cutietta is stepping down as dean of the USC Thornton School of Music after 20 years of inspired service, and we look back on the school’s legacy of innovation.