Stories by Evan Calbi:
In memoriam: musician Robert Mann, 97
The Juilliard String Quartet co-founder inspired generations of musicians and mentored countless ensembles.
Guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. named artist-in-residence at USC Thornton School of Music
The producer and composer will spend the academic year working with students in the Contemporary Music division.
What does it take to be leader of the band?
With mentorship from USC Thornton faculty, a talented musician moves from keyboard player to musical director, scoring high-profile gigs along the way.
Musician traces the roots of his electronic style — in jazz
USC Thornton alum Alfred Darlington, better known as Daedelus, collaborates on a new album with the ensemble Kneebody.
Original compositions — and all that jazz — at USC Thornton
An emerging trend in jazz education emphasizes composition as a tool for improv.
Musician Sérgio Mendes urges students to ‘embrace the dream’
USC Thornton students sing along to a lively performance by the Brasil ’66 band.
Ticket packages on sale for Piatigorsky Cello Festival
Some of the world’s most celebrated cellists will perform at the 10-day music event uniting USC Thornton, the LA Phil and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Who leaves Paris to pursue music in Los Angeles?
That would be clarinetist Pierre Génisson, who sharpened his skills under the tutelage of USC Thornton’s Yehuda Gilad.
Hubbard Street: a new dance partner for USC Kaufman
The first workshop at USC includes master classes with Hubbard Street faculty and other mentors.
Who wouldn’t want Randy Newman as a musical mentor?
One lucky alum’s 15-minute sit as part of a USC Thornton program turns into a melodious two-hour meeting.
USC Thornton alumni win Grammys on music’s big day
Awards demonstrate the talent and diversity of the music school’s former students.
USC Thornton to host summer seminar for orchestra leaders
New partnership gives music students access to valued expertise.
Pianist Jeffrey Kahane to join USC Thornton faculty next fall
A commitment to education has been a central part of his musical life for more than two decades.
USC Kaufman assembles a stellar faculty
School of Dance brings on new faculty members and artists in residence.
USC Thornton alum steps into spotlight on John Legend tour
Ryan Lerman is music director and guitarist for Grammy winner’s road show.
Popular Music students, alumni to perform at Universal CityWalk
Folk rock, R&B, jazz and pop artists will play at the free showcase Aug. 17.
Glenn Dicterow performs in final New York concerts before heading to USC
The illustrious Philharmonic concertmaster comes to USC Thornton faculty this fall.
International choreographer William Forsythe to join USC Kaufman
Forsythe’s earlier pieces are featured in the repertoire of virtually every major ballet company in the world.
Music school branches out for new hire
The USC Thornton School of Music has announced that violist Michael Tree will join the faculty next fall — an addition that further strengthens the school’s strings faculty.
Young Guru joins USC Thornton faculty as artist-in-residence
Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton is joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music as an artist-in-residence.
USC conductor gets real on The Moment
Look at the house bands of many of today’s most popular television shows, such as American Idol, The Voice and Glee, and you’ll find USC Thornton School of Music alumni and students performing for nationwide audiences.
Flying in from the wings
In early March, the behind-the-scenes drama at the Los Angeles Opera’s opening night of The Flying Dutchman almost overwhelmed the plot twists of Wagner’s operatic love story.
Popular Music students prep for Troubadour concert
The inaugural class of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Popular Music program matriculated four years ago with high expectations.
USC pianist reflects on his past with Van Cliburn
In 1958, six months after the Soviet Union had launched its first Sputnik satellite, Van Cliburn traveled to Moscow for the first International Tchaikovsky Competition.