Faculty

Adriana Balic

Adjunct Assistant Instructor

  • Program:
    Popular Music
  • Division:
    Contemporary Music
  • Expertise:
    Performance


Biography

Adriana Balic is a chameleon in the music industry: vocalist, pianist, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, producer, bandleader, and educator, covering styles from classical to pop/rock and jazz.  She served as keyboardist and vocalist to the Grammy Award winning artist “P!NK” on tours in the United States, Canada, and Europe. 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 nationally 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. She has played with Sheila E, Il Divo, Brenda Russell, Peabo Bryson, Norman Brown, Everett Harp, IMPROMP-2, and Don Grusin. Other credits include 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 hails 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 an Adjunct Assistant Professor on the Popular Music faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music where she teaches private instruction and songwriting.


Academic degrees

  • Master of Arts in Learning Technologies, Pepperdine University

Other academic experience:

  • Bachelor of Music, 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