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Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
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Adam del Monte
One of the leading flamenco and classical guitarist/composers of his generation, Adam del Monte
has made it his life mission to fully express himself in these two genres, transcending labeling and convention.
First prize winner of the 97’ Stotsenberg International Classical Guitar Competition. Adam started to play the guitar at the age of eight with
his father. Adam went on to study classical guitar with Menashe Baquiche, Israel and with Gordon Crosskey in Manchester, England where he attended the Chethams
School of Music and later studied at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Parallel to his classical guitar studies, del Monte lived and studied with the gypsies of Sacromonte in Granada, Spain. It was in Granada and later Madrid where he absorbed the art of flamenco, learning and performing with the true maestros of Spain, such as guitarists Pepe “Habichuela”,Paco Cortez, Gerardo Nunez, etc. He performed with singers such as Enrique Morente in the Teatro Real, Madrid and Teatro Manuel de Falla,Granada; singer Lole Montoya on several occasions, most recently on Spanish TV.
He has performed extensively for the last 20 years in Spain, England, France, Switzerland Israel, Brazil and
the USA.

Joe Diorio
Lecturer, studio/jazz guitar, was born in Waterbury, CT, August 6, 1936. Joe has 50 years experience playing the guitar and over 40 years experience as a performer and recording artist. He has worked with such jazz luminaries as Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Mick Goodrick, Robben Ford, and Freddie Hubbard. He has recently toured Italy with Riccardo Del Fra (bass player with Chet Baker, Johnny Griffin, Toots Thieleman). His most recent releases on CD with the new Italian jazz label RAM Records include: I Remember Wes, a tribute to Wes Montgomery; A solo guitar album We Will Meet Again; Double Take with live recordings of the performances with Riccardo Del Fra; and Rare Birds, a duo album with Mick Goodrick. Highly respected as an educator, Joe has many books and an educational video to his name. He has conducted jazz guitar seminars throughout the United States, Europe, and Brazil.

Pat Kelley
Lecturer, studio/jazz guitar, has recorded eight CD's as a leader, toured in more than thirty countries, worked as a studio guitarist on more than 2,000 sessions for records, television, and motion pictures, and composed more than a hundred songs that have been commercially recorded.

Pat has performed with George Benson, Tom Scott, David Benoit, Dave Brubeck, John Pisano, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Richard Elliot, Dave Koz, Al Jarreau, B. B. King, Ronnie Laws, Hubert Laws, Jose Feliciano, Eric Marienthal, Randy Crawford, Melissa Manchester, Burt Bacharach, and many more. He played guitar for several years on the Merv Griffin, Pat Sajak, Joan Rivers, and Carol Burnette television shows and has performed with symphony orchestras in San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Atlanta, Tulsa, Denver, San Antonio, and Toledo.

To more fully concentrate on pursuing a jazz guitar presence, Pat started the Artsong Music CD label in 2002 in an effort to release quality music with no restrictions. With a great deal of expertise as an engineer/producer as well as a guitar player, it was a natural progression.

David Oakes
Lecturer, studio/jazz guitar, received a bachelor of music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He also studied classical guitar with Pepe Romero, flamenco guitar with Juan Serrano and jazz guitar with Ted Greene and Ron Eschete. Mr. Oakes premiered the first recording of the Bayside Concerto for Guitar and Strings by third stream composer George Roumanis. In addition, he has worked as a studio musician, recording both television and film projects for nbc and Paramount Studios. Mr. Oakes' first book, Music Reading for Guitar, published by Hal Leonard Corporation, is a best selling method book for guitar.

Frank Potenza
Azica recording artist Frank Potenza is a protégé of
the legendary jazz guitarist Joe Pass. A native of
Providence Rhode Island and graduate of Boston’s
Berklee College of Music, Frank moved to Los Angeles
in 1980. He is an active educator, composer, arranger,
and performer with six solo albums to his credit. In
addition to his extensive freelance recording career,
he has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe
Pass, George Van Eps, Mundell Lowe, John Clayton, Bud
Shank, Mose Allison, James Moody, Harry “Sweets”
Edison, Brother Jack McDuff, and many other jazz

From 1996 through 1999 Frank toured as a member of
the Gene Harris Quartet, performing with the Grammy
award-winning pianist at jazz festivals such as the
Fujitsu Concord Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz
Festival, and prestigious jazz clubs such as the Blue
Note in New York and Jazz Showcase in Chicago. He is a
featured soloist on Alley Cats, Harris’ final
recording for Concord Records.

He currently tours in support of his latest release
The Legacy. Dedicated to the memory of the late Gene
Harris, it features pianist Larry Fuller (formerly of
the Ray Brown Trio), bassist Luther Hughes and drummer
Paul Kreibich, both former members of the Gene Harris
Quartet. The quartet has recently performed at the
Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Cerritos
Center for the Performing Arts. A duo project with
pianist Shelly Berg is scheduled for release in Spring
2005 on Azica Records.

Frank is currently serving as a member of the
International Association for Jazz Education’s
Resource Team and performs or presents clinics
regularly at their annual conferences.

Richard Smith
Holds the rank of Full Professor and is an
award-winning recording artist, performer and
clinician. He has earned accolades such as Record of
the Year (Tune Up Magazine), a nomination for Best
Jazz Album of the Year (Ad Lib Magazine), best new
artist (Radio and Records Magazine) and four chart
topping contemporary jazz albums. His 2004 release
SOuLIDIFIED was at the top 10 of R&R contemporary jazz
chart for 17 weeks. In his concertizing with such
artists as Kirk Whalum, Marc Antoine, Rick Braun,
Richard Elliot, Dan Siegel, Warren Hill, Eric
Marienthal and Brian Bromberg, he has made numerous
visits to Asia, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. He
has taught his popular master classes throughout the
U.S., Europe and Asia, Mr. Smith is an
artist/clinician for the Gibson, La Bella, and Shure



Classical Guitar Faculty

Brian Head
Senior lecturer, classical guitar and
composition, was voted Outstanding Thornton School
Graduate of 1991. Mr. Head was chosen in 1999 as the
USC Gamma Sigma Alpha Professor of the Year. He is
sought after as an ensemble guitarist performing in
numerous chamber and symphonic groups including xtet,
Ten-String Music and the New World Symphony. His
compositions are published by Alfred Music and Guitar
Solo Publications, and have been recorded on Delos,
Denon, Digital Revolution, GSP Recordings and Massax
Productions. His music has been performed throughout
the US in venues including Merkin Hall in New York,
the Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, Phillips
Collection in Washington, DC, as well as abroad in
Tokyo, Madrid, Sao Paulo, and Dubai.

William Kanengiser
Senior lecturer, classical
guitar, is recognized as one of America's leading
guitarists. Educated at the USC Flora L. Thornton
School of Music, he received "Outstanding Graduate"
awards at both the bachelor's and master's levels, and
as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, the
"Outstanding Alumni Award" in 1997. He won First Prize
in the Concert Artists Guild International
Competition, as well as major international guitar
competitions in Toronto and Paris. Mr. Kanengiser has
developed a unique repertoire for his instrument,
ranging from arrangements of Mozart, Handel and
Bartok, to his innovative excursions into the music of
Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. As a founding member
of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, he has performed
throughout the United States and in numerous
international festivals; most recently, LAGQ recorded
a top-selling CD for the Sony Classical label. He was
twice awarded a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the
NEA, and his debut recording for the GSP label won an
"indie" award for Best Classical Recording. He has
given master classes around the world and produced two
instructional videos, Effortless Classical Guitar and
Classical Guitar Mastery.

Pepe Romero
Lecturer, classical guitar, is the second
son of "The Royal Family of the Guitar," The Romeros.
His father, the legendary Celedonio Romero, was his
only guitar teacher. His Majesty, King Juan Carlos I
of Spain, knighted Pepe Romero and his brothers, Celin
and Angel, into the Order of "Isabel la Catolica." The
official ceremony of this high honor took place at the
University of Southern California, February 11, 2000
and included a gala performance of The Romeros with
the Thornton Chamber Orchestra.

James Smith
Associate professor and chair, classical
guitar, is an active performer, regularly giving
recitals throughout the Americas. Mr. Smith has
performed concertos and solos with the Glendale,
Marina del Ray, Long Beach, Brentwood and New Orleans
symphonies. He is an expert chamber musician and
performs frequently with the Bel Arts Trio (David
Shostac, flutist, John Walz, cellist), Canto Claro
(Sun Young Kim, soprano), Windwood (Douglas Masek,
winds) and with guitarist Dusan Bogdanovic and
violinist Endre Balogh. An ardent supporter of new
music, Mr. Smith has given the first performances of
works by Reich, Bogdanovic, Johanson, Musgrave,
Delerue, Leisner and Linn, to name but a few, and his
recordings for Orion and Protone records include first
recordings by Schickele, Pfister, Crockett and others.
A highly skilled arranger, several of his works for
four guitars are frequently played by the LA Guitar
Quartet, the North Carolina and Alexandria Guitar

Scott Tennant
Senior lecturer, classical guitar,
attended the Thornton School between 1980 and 1986
where he studied guitar with Pepe Romero and James
Smith. He was one of 12 people chosen from an
international field to perform for Andres Segovia in
his historic master classes at the Thornton School in
both 1981 and 1986. He was the first American ever to
win the first prize in the Tokyo International Guitar
Competition in 1989 and gave silver medal performances
in both the Concours International de Guitare of Radio
France in 1988 and the Toronto International Guitar
Competition in 1984. He is a founding member of the LA
Guitar Quartet (all Thornton School graduates) with
which he tours for much of the year and records for
Sony Classical. As a soloist, he maintains an active
schedule as well, and has recorded for Delos and GHA.
Mr. Tennant was on the guitar faculty at the San
Francisco Conservatory between 1989 and 1993 and is an
occasional visiting faculty member of the National
Guitar Summer Workshop. He is presently in the midst
of recording the complete guitar works of Joaquin
Rodrigo for GHA Records, Belgium, and is the author of
Pumping Nylon, a series of books on guitar technique.


Joe Harnell
Lecturer, scoring for motion pictures and
television, studied composition with Nadia Boulanger
in Paris, William Walton at the Trinity College of
Music in London and Aaron Copland at Tanglewood. To
date, Mr. Harnell has been nominated for an Emmy Award
on three different occasions for Best Dramatic Score.
He has composed over 400 hours of original music for
motion pictures and for such television shows as Santa
Barbara, The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, Alien
Nation and V. Together with his orchestra and singers,
Mr. Harnell starred in a sold-out tour of the United
States in the Columbia Concerts' production of Cole
Porter's 100th Birthday Party, as soloist and musical
director. Included in his 18 albums is Fly Me To The
Moon, winner of four Grammy awards. For many years he
was the musical director of The Mike Douglas Show, as
well as for such celebrated artists as Peggy Lee, Lena
Horne, Pearl Bailey, Shirley MacLaine, Judy Garland
and Frank Sinatra.

Brian King
Director, department chair and assistant
professor of clinical scoring for motion pictures and
television, is a graduate of the Manhattan School of
Music and USC. Brian has been working in the industry
as a composer, orchestrator, player, engineer and
producer. Some of his feature film projects include
Rushmore, The Rugrats Movie and Get Bruce working with
the likes of Mark Mothersbaugh and Michael Feinstein.
Before moving to Los Angeles in 1997, Brian was the
owner of a recording studio in Atlanta working with
such artists as REM,the B52s, The Indigo Girls,
Medeski, Martin and Wood, John McLaughlin, and the
subdudes with Bonnie Raitt . He continues to work with
artists in the record business as well as the film and
television industry. He has been on the USC faculty
since 1998.

David Spear
Assistant professor of clinical scoring
for motion pictures and television, scoring for motion
pictures and television, received a Henry Mancini
Scholarship and graduated from UCLA with a BA in music
composition. Shortly thereafter, he collaborated with
Elmer Bernstein in the orchestration of some of Mr.
Bernstein's most successful film scores including
Ghostbusters, Animal House, Airplane and The Great
Santini. Mr. Spear made his Broadway debut as music
director/conductor for Merlin the Magical Musical
starring Doug Henning, Chita Rivera and Nathan Lane.
He has composed scores for three Academy Award
nominated films: Rainbow War, The Courage to Care and
Ballet Robotique. He also scored an Emmy Award-winning
documentary for National Geographic called Surviving
Everest. In 1992, Mr. Spear was invited to conduct the
Munich Philharmonic for two film scores he composed
for NASA. These films, On Human Destiny and To Be An
Astronaut (IMAX), are on permanent exhibit at Space
Center Houston. In 1991, he was appointed associate
professor of film scoring at Berklee College of Music,
and in 1995 he joined the distinguished faculty at the
Thornton School.

Christopher Young
Sdjunct assistant professor,
scoring for motion pictures and television, received
the Henry Mancini Award for Motion Picture Scoring
from UCLA, the Frank Sinatra Award for Big Band
Arranging and the Atwater Kent Award for an electronic
composition. Since then he has written scores for over
35 feature films including Jennifer 8, Murder in the
First, Dream Lover and Bat 21. He received an Emmy
Award nomination for the movie of the week, Last
Flight Out, and the Saturn Award from the Academy of
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for his
score to Hellbound: Hellraiser II.


Ken Lopez
Assistant professor of clinical music
industry and associate director of the music industry
program, has been a professional guitarist and audio
engineer since 1964. He has owned music and
professional audio retail stores, as well as a tour
sound and fixed installation companies. He has worked
with artists such as Miles Davis, B.B. King, Ray
Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Dr. John, Larry Carlton, Boz
Skaggs, Santana, Tower of Power and Chick Corea. He
has recorded live performances aired on National
Public Radio, many of which are archived at the
Library of Congress. He is a member of the Audio
Engineering Society and the TEC Awards nominating
committee, technical consultant and author for Sound
and Video Contractor Magazine and Inside Radio
management newsletter, and he continues active
participation in public speaking, business consulting
and live sound engineering and recording.

Richard J. McIlvery
Associate professor and chair,
music industry and recording arts departments, has
been a professional guitarist and studio musician
since 1963 and a recording engineer since the early
1970's. As a musician he toured with Waylon Jennings,
performed on soundtracks of Why Do Fools Fall In Love,
Nothing But Trouble, Howard the Duck, Things Are Tough
All Over, Action Jackson, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,
What's Love Got To Do With It and Inventing the
Abbotts, and appeared on over 100 albums and singles.
As an engineer his credits include over 200 albums and
singles, numerous films and TV shows such as The
Shadow, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Birdland, Dr.
Quinn: Medicine Woman, Civil War Journals and Beverly
Hills, 90210, as well as commercials for radio and
television. He has worked with Mark Isham, Michael
Kaman, Patrick O'Hearn, Danny Elfman, Tom Scott, Dan
Foliart and Thomas Dolby. Mr. McIlvery composed the
orchestral score for Spaceflight, as well as seven
other nationwide PBS documentaries and specials. - BIO'S


Lee Ritenour
Paul Jackson Jr.
Andy York
Richard Smith
Andy Abad- Mark Anthony & The Backstreet Boys
Tim Arrons - Music Supervisor
Joe Jewell - The L.A. Philharmonic
Brian Trifon- BM/class of 04, Music for HBO "Castro"- Directed by Oliver Stone, UPN "Brain Hill"
Sean McGowan- DMA Student, Columnist for 'Acoustic Guitar Magazine"
Ian Gibson- Composer/Guitarist “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy”
Mageshen Naidoo - Professor of Guitar and Jazz Studies, Durban University
Kevin Holmes - Composer/Guitarist
Matt Baldoni - Composer/Guitarist Fox T.V.'s "NFL Show", Arrested Development, Run DMC, Snoop Dogg & Keiko Matsui
Brian Green - Guitarist for Michael Bubley & David Foster
Reeve Carney - Recording Artist
Zane Carney - Rene Olmstead


Still working on that hot first release.



Announcing scholarships in USC Thornton BM, MM Guitar and DMA Guitar Performance.
The USC Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar Department is
dedicated to preparing guitarists for a successful
career in music. Graduates include major recording
artists in a diverse array of genres, top touring
sidemen, composers for film, television and other
media, classical ensembles, music supervisors and
world renowned teachers of music.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Music in Performance
(Studio Guitar)

Studio/Jazz Guitar Department Courses

MPGU 153SG, 253SG, 353SG, 453SG (Individual
1 hour weekly, 8 semesters
Students will be given the opportunity to study with
various guitar faculty throughout their course of
studies. A private guitar instructor typically coaches

MPGU 226 (Guitar Ensemble)
Ensemble playing develops skills in reading, phrasing,
composing, arranging, rehearsing and performance. The
Studio/Jazz Guitar department offers several ensembles
that explore numerous musical styles including
straight-ahead jazz, fusion, blues, classical, rock,
country, flamenco, and world music.

The Stern Ensemble
The Wes Trio Ensemble
The Django Ensemble
The SRV Ensemble
Wire Choir
Super Axe
The World Ensemble
The New West Guitar Quartet

USC ensembles perform on campus and nationally
throughout the year, Superaxe, 4-guitar fusion
ensemble has won 11 first place awards, while the New
West Jazz Guitar Quartet won 1st place honors at the
prestigious North Texas Jazz Festival in April of ’04.

MPGU 426 (Trio Class-Guitar Ensemble)
The guitar, bass, and drums trio has evolved into an
art form that requires specific skills and makes many
demands of the players. These skills and demands are
addressed with the help of a bassist and a drummer
from the Jazz Studies Program. Students perform

MPGU 158 (Functional Skills for Studio Guitarists)
(Formerly titled “Guitarists in the United States”)
(Currently taught by Professor Steve Trovato)
Freshman level course (Fall semester).
Intensive workshop focusing primarily on guitar

MPGU 159 (Functional Skills for Studio/Jazz
Freshman level course (Spring semester)
A workout in fundamentals and technique.

MPGU 258 (Functional Skills for Studio Guitarists)
Sophomore level course
Fall semester-Jazz harmony.
Spring semesters- Studio guitar playing (for films,
television, advertising, albums)

MPGU 428 (Improvisation and Arranging for Guitar)
Junior/Senior/graduate course. Advanced studies in
jazz guitar concepts.
MPGU 458 (Current Electric Guitar Styles)
Professional guitar playing requires most players to
know many different styles of music. This course
dissects guitar parts from various recordings. The
emphasis is on playing the parts with the right feel,
attitude and sound.

MPGU 416 (Evolution of the guitar)
A history of American roots music as an indigenous art

MPGU 558
Graduate master class – contemporary jazz, studio and
live performance skills.

BM: Bachelor of Music in Performance (Studio/Jazz
MM: Master of Music in Performance (Studio/Jazz
DM: Doctor of Music in Performance (Studio/Jazz
Advanced Studies
Artist Diploma

Undergraduate transfer students who have had course
work in any of the areas listed below must take the
appropriate examinations before registration to assure
proper placement in sequential courses.

Graduate Requirements: Applicant must hold a
bachelor's degree with a major in music with guitar as
the principal instrument. Entrance examinations are
required of all students who have been accepted in a
graduate degree program, and they must be taken before initial registration in courses offered by the School
of Music. Any deficiencies revealed by these
examinations must be removed during completion of the first twelve units of 400, 500 or 600 level courses.
The Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test is
required of all entering graduate students, including
graduates of the USC School of Music. Applications for
this test may be made at the University Testing
Bureau, LAS 120, and it may be taken prior to
admission but no later than the end of the first
semester or summer session in residence. Students who have taken the test elsewhere within the past five
years must have the results forwarded to the
University Testing Bureau and the School of Music, or
present those results forwarded to the Student Records
Secretary, Office of Student Services, School of
Performing Arts. The Graduate Record Examination
Advanced Music Test is not required.

STUDIO/JAZZ - Audition / Admissions

• To be admitted to the USC Studio/Jazz Guitar
Program, applicants must complete a successful formal
• Auditions may take place throughout the year by
scheduling an appointment with the Department