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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein, composer

Few composers capture their time and become the iconic voice of their age. Leonard Bernstein found his “voice” in the early 1940s and projected the sound of urban and urbane America from the period of World War II to the antiwar movements of the 1970s and the restoration of freedom in Europe, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet communism.

Kevin Vortmann

Kevin Vortmann, tenor

Kevin Vortmann has been hailed by critics for being a “glorious-voiced” (Boston Globe) tenor who “sings and acts with compelling force and sensitivity” (Chicago Sun Times) bringing “emotional depth and tantalizing vocal pyrotechnics” (World-Herald) and “Surprising Versatility” (Associated Press), Mr. Vortmann is an increasingly sought after performer for work on both symphonic and theatrical stages.

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Tayloe Harding, dean

A passionate advocate for advancing the impact of higher education music study and experience on American communities and national society, Harding is devoted to an array of organizations whose missions are consistent with this advocacy.

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Ellen Douglas Schlaefer, stage director

Ellen Douglas Schlaefer has staged many opera productions for some of the finest opera companies in the country, and since her appointment to USC in 2004, she has staged more than 40 productions for Opera at USC.

Scott Weiss

Scott Weiss, conductor

Equally at home leading both symphony orchestras and wind bands, Weiss maintains an active international conducting schedule, including recent concerts in China with many of that country’s leading professional symphony orchestras.

Alicia Walker

Alicia W. Walker, choral director

Alicia Walker teaches conducting and choral methods and courses in sacred music and music education. She is a frequent guest conductor, writer and lecturer.