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Top of the pops


Lara Johnston, a junior majoring in popular music, sings an original song at the Thornton School of Music Pop Fest on Sunday in Founders Park. Saxophonist Justin Klunk, a junior majoring in popular music, keyboard player Adam Bravo, an alumnus, and guitarist Brian Jones, a freshman majoring in popular music, performed as backup.

Donald Crockett, Xtet shine at Wednesday recital


Many of Los Angeles’s top instrumentalists gathered together Wednesday night for a stunning musical performance led by USC faculty composer and conductor Donald Crockett. The Faculty Recital took place in Alfred Newman Recital Hall and lasted approximately two hours with intermission. Crockett is the chair of the music composition department in the Thornton School of […]

New sounds


Eric Byers, a USC alumnus and member of the Calder Quartet that performed at President C. L. Max Nikias’ inauguration, gives a master class to students in the Thornton School of Music. Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan

Goals can succeed despite struggle


Rod Gilfry always dreamed of being a fighter pilot. But at 6-foot-2, Gilfry was already too tall for a fighter jet cockpit. In the years since he gave up those plans at age 17, Gilfry has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and has acted and sung in 74 roles on prominent stages around the […]