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Alumnus Ross Golan releases podcast recorded at Thornton

June 4, 2018

And The Writer Is…, a podcast by multi-platinum songwriter and USC Thornton alumnus Ross Golan (BM ’01, Music Industry), recently released an episode recorded at a Spring 2018 Popular Music Forum, featuring Thornton students and vice dean Chris Sampson. The podcast’s featured guest, GRAMMY-nominated producer Joe London, has released hit singles with Pitbull, Jason Derulo, […]


“Billboard” features Fabriq single

May 17, 2018

Billboard recently profiled the band Fabriq on the release of their third single, “Get Behind the Feeling.” Band members Daniel Davila (BM ’18) and Cooper Bell (BM ’18) are both recent graduates of the USC Thornton Popular Music program and draw inspiration from Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, and Jamiroquai. close According to the musicians, “Get […]


Pop artist King Princess (Mikaela Straus) featured on ASCAP panel

May 8, 2018

Mikaela Straus, a pop artist who performs under the name King Princess, recently took part in a panel discussion at the ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo, alongside musician St. Vincent and journalist Evelyn McDonnell. Straus, who is a non-degreed alumna of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, is the first artist to be signed to […]


USC band highlighted among NPR “Tiny Desk” entries

April 24, 2018

The band Treehouse, which includes seven USC students, was featured on NPR’s list of “Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love,” highlighting the band’s video for “Wildberry Poptart.” Described as “a critique of the traditional American dream, direct from the mouth of the oppressed,” the performance features vocals/rap by USC School of Cinematic Arts sophomore Mato […]


Rozzi is featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live

April 12, 2018

close USC Thornton Popular Music alumna Rozzi Crane recently performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live with her new single, “Never Over You.” The song will be featured on her new album, to be released by Columbia later this year. Rozzi, as she is known professionally, has previously performed alongside Kendrick Lamar and Maroon 5 and became […]


Patrice Rushen featured in “Variety” article about award show orchestration

February 27, 2018

USC Thornton Popular Music chair Patrice Rushen was mentioned in a Variety article, “Awards Ceremonies Are the ‘Super Bowl’ for Orchestras” exploring the challenges of performing orchestral music for major awards shows. The article explores Rushen’s work as the first female music director for top awards broadcasts, including the Emmys and the NAACP Image Awards. […]


March 6th memorial service for Ndugu Chancler

February 15, 2018

A funeral service has been announced for Ndugu Chancler, who passed away on February 3rd at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. Memorial for Ndugu Chancler Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 11:00AM Faithful Central Bible Church in the Tabernacle building (Map) 321 N. Eucalyptus Avenue Inglewood, CA 90302


Thornton at #2 on list of best schools for songwriters

January 30, 2018

College Magazine recently put USC Thornton in second place on its list of the “Top 10 Schools for Aspiring Songwriters.” The article praises Thornton’s Popular Music Songwriting minor, as well as the Music Industry program, and highlights the advantage of Thornton’s location in the heart of Los Angeles. The profile also applauds Thornton’s Songwriter’s Theatre, […]


Karina DePiano performs with Troye Sivan on SNL

January 23, 2018

When Karina DePiano (BM ’16) graduated from USC Thornton’s Popular Music program in 2016, she launched straight into a busy touring career as keyboardist and music director for artists such as Rita Ora, Daya, Miley Cyrus, and Troye Sivan. Last weekend, DePiano performed with Sivan on Saturday Night Live (see clip below). The show followed […]


MUNA garners critical praise

December 21, 2017

2017 was a banner year for the band MUNA, which was formed by USC Thornton Popular Music alumni Katie Gavin (BA ’15) and Josette Maskin (’16), along with Naomi McPherson (BA ’15). In addition to dropping their debut album, About U, the band was invited to open for Harry Styles on the British singer’s North […]


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