Alan Pasqua is a highly regarded pianist, composer and Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. He is a former member of The New Tony Williamsâ€™ Lifetime and has played, toured or recorded with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Jack Dejohnette, Joe Henderson, John Patitucci and Stan Kenton, among many others.
Jerry Del Colliano is the Director of Thornton Executive Programs in Music Industry and Clinical Professor of Music Industry at the University of Southern California. He is a former television and radio broadcaster, and for twenty-seven years was the publisher of the influential radio industry magazine, Inside Radio, until its sale to Clear Channel in 2002.
Adam Gilbert is Director of the Early Music Program at the University of Southern Californiaâ€™s Thornton School. One of the worldâ€™s leading players of the shawm, he regularly teaches master classes and performs with numerous early music groups in the United States and abroad, and in addition to his teaching duties at USC is an adjunct faculty member at Tilburg Conservatorium in Holland.
Brian Shepard is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Southern Californiaâ€™s Thornton School. He is a specialist in pedagogical technology, and as such is heavily involved in leveraging the potential of emerging technologies such as Internet2 to open up new horizons in music education. He is also a working composer who explores the field of interactive, spontaneously composed music expressed through technology and dance.
Erica Muhl is a Professor of Composition at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Her compositions have been commissioned or played by organizations such as Minnesota Opera, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Italy's Orchestra della RAI, Venezuela's Orquesta Filharmonica Nacional, National Public Radio, and many more. Her music has been featured in festivals worldwide, and she has been the recipient of grants and awards from such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has received the prestigious Whitaker Commissioning Prize.