Adriana Balic

Adjunct Instructor

Division: Contemporary Music
Program: Popular Music

Expertise: Popular Music
Instrument: Keyboards, Vocal Arts
Email: abalic@usc.edu

Biography

Adriana Balic is a versatile musical chameleon in the music industry: vocalist, pianist, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, producer, bandleader, and educator, covering classical to jazz to pop/rock styles. Her most recent gig has been as a touring musician (keyboardist and backing vocalist) with the pop-rock artist Pink. She toured the globe with her for five years playing arenas and festivals in far away places such as Dubai, South Africa, Australia, Europe, Japan, Russia and Iceland. She is seen playing live on the Pink DVDs Live from Wembley Arena, London, England (2007) and Live In Europe (2004). Balic has appeared on television in the U.S. and abroad on such shows as MTV Total Request Live, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Saturday Night Live, Ellen and American Idol. Other artists she has played with include Sheila E, Il Divo, Brenda Russell, Peabo Bryson, Norman Brown, Everett Harp, IMPROMP-2, and Don Grusin. She has also appeared on stage and played in the band of the U.S. National Touring theater production of Jersey Boys.

Balic shares her passion for music, writing, and performance by teaching students in her private studio as well as offering clinics and guest lectures across the country. In between travel, live gigs, and teaching, she can be found in the studio writing and performing music for her own artist projects as well as recording for others. Her voice can be heard on the soundtrack for the film American Pie 4: Band-camp. She is also a member of the Boswellmania vocal trio, featuring Balic on piano and vocals showcasing the jazz works of the 1930’s Boswell Sisters.

Balic is from Vancouver, Canada and was a full-time assistant professor in the voice department at Berklee College before moving to Los Angeles. Currently, she is on Berklee Music’s faculty teaching pop/rock vocals and also on the popular music faculty teaching songwriting and private instruction at the USC Thornton School of Music.


Academic degrees

  • BM, University of British Columbia

Other academic experience:

  • Bachelor of Music Education, University of British Columbia
  • Diploma in Professional Music, Berklee College of Music
  • Diploma Piano Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto
  • Diploma in Piano Pedagogy, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

Studied with:

Jerry Bergonzi, Ed Tomassi, Jay Clayton, Joanne Brackeen, Paul Schmeling, Ray Santisi, Pat Pattison, Roger Love, Mark Baxter, Jan Shapiro, Kum Sing Lee