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Divya Maus and Daniel Weidlein release holiday single

December 4, 2017

Popular Music alumna Divya Maus (BA ’14) and saxophonist/producer Daniel Weidlein (BM ’12, Jazz Studies) have released a holiday single entitled “Baby You Know What I Need,” now available on Apple Music and Spotify. The two met while students at Thornton and have frequently collaborated together at Weidlein’s studio, The B(e)at Cave.


College Magazine surveys “10 Music Courses at USC to Jump Start Your Music Career”

November 27, 2017

College Magazine recently put USC Thornton at the center of an article exploring college courses to “Jump Start Your Music Career.” From classes in jazz performance and music theory to Music and Science Fiction and Thornton’s legendary Beatles class, the piece surveys the many innovative learning opportunities available to Thornton music students. The article puts […]


Violinists Wynton Grant, Nick Kennerly, and Julian McClanahan join Rostam on tour

November 10, 2017

Three USC Thornton violinists — Popular Music seniors Julian McClanahan and Nick Kennerly and GCRT candidate Wynton Grant – are attracting notice as a tightly-knit strings backing trio for pop artists. Having recently opened for HAIM at a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, the trio is currently on a two-week European tour with […]


Billboard names USC Thornton a top music business school

November 1, 2017

Billboard Magazine recently named USC Thornton one of the “15 Best Music Business Schools in 2017,” citing the school’s five new professional master’s degree programs, which are focused on Arts Leadership, Community Music, Contemporary Teaching Practice, Screen Scoring, and the Music Industry. The article quotes alumnus and guitarist-trumpeter Erik Miron (’09), whose band, the Vignes […]


Ryan Seacrest helps launch Popular Music alum Malia Civetz’ new single

October 30, 2017

Malia Civetz (BM ’16), an alumna of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, has released a new single, “Champagne Clouds,” which was debuted by Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM locally and on Sirius XM and iHeart radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The song was co-written with fellow Popular Music alumnus Nathan Fertig (BM […]


Scary Pockets covers Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You”

October 13, 2017

close Scary Pockets is a Los Angeles funk band that features four USC Thornton alumni. Vocalist Kenton Chen (’10, Popular Music), guitarist Ryan Lerman (’09, Studio/Jazz Guitar), drummer Ben Rose (a Dornsife grad who majored in Jazz Studies for one year), bassist Sam Wilkes (’13, Popular Music), and keyboardist Jack Conte recently recorded a cover […]


Student Karli Webster makes a strong debut on The Voice

October 4, 2017

close USC Thornton junior Karli Webster has officially joined Team Miley on NBC’s The Voice. During her blind audition on the October 3rd episode of the hit singing show, Karli received nods from Adam Levine and Miley Cyrus, eventually choosing to work with Cyrus. The 20-year-old Music Industry major, originally from Santa Clarita, California, has […]


Andriana Balic named to list of “Female Music Professors that Inspire Us”

September 7, 2017

College Magazine recently included Adriana Balic on its list of “10 Female Music Professors that Inspire Us.” Balic, who is known for her performance work with pop superstar P!nk, teaches songwriting in USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program. Balic has previously performed with artists, including Sheila E, Il Divo, Brenda Russell, Peabo Bryson, Norman Brown, Everett […]


Applications are now open for the LA Phil’s Hack Music LA

August 29, 2017

Applications are now open for Hack Music LA, a two-day event (October 7 & 8) that will bring together 75 of the country’s most creative makers to develop tools and experiences to expand music for all. The innovative, music-inspired hackathon is hosted by the LA Phil in partnership with the USC Thornton School of Music […]


Sophomore Madeliene Mayi releases new EP – with help from Music Industry students

May 5, 2017

Sophomore Popular Music student Madeleine Meyer — known professionally as Madeleine Mayi — is riding on a wave of success. Her first single, “You Want More,” earned 16,000 plays in less than three weeks, to the praise of Indie Shuffle and Ear to the Ground. On Friday, May 5th, Mayi released “Strawberry Hair,” the last […]


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