Thornton School of Music ranked in top 3

first_imgThe Thornton School of Music was ranked as the No. 3 music school by The Hollywood Reporter in its list of the top 25 music schools of 2014, published on Sunday.The list included schools from around the world. The Julliard School in New York City topped the list at No. 1, followed by the Berklee College of Music in Boston.“I think that rankings such as these are highly subjective,” Vice Dean of Division of Contemporary Music Christopher Sampson said. “The best school is the one that meets individual students’ needs, and I think we meet a lot students needs very well.”The Thornton School of Music, whose notable alumni include composer David Newman and opera singer Marilyn Horne, is Los Angeles’ “oldest continuously operating cultural institution,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.“I think that our alumni who are working in the profession influenced this opinion a great deal,” Sampson said. “Within the professional community you can find a lot of Thornton alumni.”The 130-year-old school has given students the opportunity to study alongside professionals in the field, such as D.J.-producer Young Guru. Singer-songwriter Chaka Khan recently led a master class in which, “students began playing her hit ‘Tell Me Something Good,’ and she jumped up and sang with them,” Thornton Communications Manager Evan Calbi told The Hollywood Reporter.Thornton offers more than 20 different programs including classical guitar, composition, music industry and popular music. Popular music is one of the school’s most selective programs. The program, which Sampson said is small by design, admitted only 8 percent of applicants last year.“I think that the applicant pool is seeing the success of graduates coming out of Thornton,” Sampson said. “When they see that kind of success, that incentivizes them to want to apply to the school because they see we are clearly training students for the professional world,” Sampson said.In the coming years, Thornton students will also be afforded the opportunity to work collaboratively with students in the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, launched earlier this year. Sampson said he is looking forward to the projects students will be able to create together.“Because the Academy has such a cultural slant, it’s not just a business or technology degree. There’s definitely room for music and audio content, and our students are going to be highly sought after to collaborate,” Sampson said. “I’m looking forward to it and to see in what form it will be in. I think it’s up to students to drive that.”In April, Thornton was also named the first official university affiliate of The GRAMMY Museum. The partnership allows Thornton to have access to the museum’s collection’s for a variety of their educational programs, including seminars, projects, marketing and other research programs.last_img read more

Syracuse announces 4 captains for 2015 season

first_img Published on August 29, 2015 at 8:43 pm Contact Connor: | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer announced on Twitter that senior offensive lineman Rob Trudo, sophomore linebacker Zaire Franklin, junior defensive end Luke Arciniega and senior quarterback Terrel Hunt are SU’s captains this season. Trudo is slated to play center this season after starting nine games at left guard and two at right guard last season. The 6-foot-4, 301-pound center played in all 12 games last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe sophomore Franklin is the youngest of the four captains, and last season he led all of SU’s freshmen with 44 tackles. He appeared in all 12 of the Orange’s games last season and started the final three.Arciniega originally transferred from Sierra College after the 2012 season, and appeared in only four games last season due to a lower-body injury. The NCAA recently granted him two extra years of eligibility ahead of his third season with SU.Despite an on-field incident last year when Hunt when was ejected for punching a Villanova defender, he was selected as a captain in his final season with SU. He started only five games last season before suffering a season-ending injury against Louisville on October 3.Syracuse begins its season Friday at home against Rhode Island. Commentslast_img read more