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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 […]


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 […]


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