Popular Music News from the 2013-2014 Academic Year

Divya Maus (BM, ’14) profiled by USA Today College

June 23, 2014

Recent alumna Divya Maus, who studied songwriting in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program, discussed her career as a vocalist and composer in an interview with USA Today College. Maus will enroll at NYU to pursue graduate studies in musical theatre composition in the fall. “I’m going into musical theater composition now because that’s all about composing […]


USC Thornton Popular Music, Jazz Studies students perform at GRAMMY Museum

June 19, 2014

On June 12, 2014, The GRAMMY Museum unveiled Pride & Joy: The Texas Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Students from the USC Thornton Popular Music Program and the Jazz Studies program were invited to serve as the house band exhibit’s opening reception. Stevie’s brother and guitarist for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan, even jumped on stage […]


USC Thornton ranks among top music schools in the nation

November 8, 2013

The Hollywood Reporter listed the USC Thornton School of Music as one of the top music schools in the country, and a “springboard to the industry.” The story noted that Elton John performed twice with Thornton students in September, including on stage at the Emmys. “USC has the finest film/TV music program in the country,” […]


Thornton Popular Music student performs at Dream Foundation Gala

October 27, 2013

Popular music sophomore Malia Civetz recently performed at the Dream Foundation Gala in Santa Barbara which honored Barry Manilow with its Humanitarian Award. Malia also performed the Canadian and U.S. national anthems at the Staples Center, when the L.A. Kings took on the Edmonton Oilers.


USC Thornton Popular Music students open for The Beach Boys

October 25, 2013

USC Thornton Popular Music students Rees Finley (junior), Divya Maus (senior), Anna Schulze (senior), Austin Smith (sophomore), and Jimmy Villaflor (junior) were selected to perform their original music as opening acts for The Beach Boys’ October 25th concert at Bovard Auditorium. These students opened the sold-out concert with five songs related to the style or themes of […]


Popular Music Junior Performs with Elton John at the Emmys

October 18, 2013

KCTV 5 News featured popular music junior Nolan Frank for singing backup to Elton John at the Emmy Awards. John’s performance was part of a tribute to Liberace whose life was told in the HBO biopic, Behind the Candelabra. Admitting his excitement and nervousness, Frank said it is an unbelievable honor to perform with the […]


Thornton Popular Music major appears on KCTV 5 News

September 23, 2013

KCTV 5 News featured popular music junior Nolan Frank for singing backup to Elton John at the Emmy Awards. John’s performance was part of a tribute to Librace whose life was told in the HBO biopic, Behind the Candelabra. As a piano player, Frank said John is an inspiration to him. “He’s been hugely influential […]


Melissa Manchester performs to support new independent album

September 6, 2013

TimesNews reports on popular music faculty and Grammy winner Melissa Manchester’s performance at Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts on September 14, 7:30 p.m., in support of her upcoming album, You Gotta Love the Life. Though the album represents her twentieth studio recording, it is Manchester’s first foray into production supported solely through independent fan funding.


Young Guru Joins USC Thornton Faculty as Artist-in-Residence

September 4, 2013

Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, Grammy Award-nominated engineer, DJ and music producer, is known for shaping some of the top talent in hip-hop. A frequent collaborator with Jay-Z, he has mixed 10 of the acclaimed rapper’s albums. Other highlights include recording work on Eminem’s Lose Yourself and Notorious BIG’s Let Me Get Down. He has also […]


Popular Music student featured in USA Today

August 17, 2013

Popular music student Rozzi Crane was mentioned in USA Today for being the first act signed to Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s 222 Records label.  Since signing with Levine, Crane has performed on the Hunger Games soundtrack and is opening for Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson on their tour that concludes on October 6. USA […]


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