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USC Thornton faculty and alumni nominated for 2021 Emmy Awards

July 13, 2021

USC Thornton faculty and alumni were nominated for the 73rd Emmy Awards, announced on Tuesday, July 13th. Alum Michael Abels (BM ‘84) received double nominations for his work on HBO’s Allen v. Farrow including Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score), and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music), as did […]


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Patrice Rushen wins Trailblazer Award from Café Mocha Radio

July 8, 2021

USC Thornton faculty member and Chair of the Popular Music program, Patrice Rushen, was honored with the “Trailblazer Award” at Salute THEM Awards this June.


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Paul Jackson Jr. highlighted in Mixdown Magazine

June 7, 2021

Popular Music faculty member Paul Jackson Jr. was highlighted by Mixdown Magazine as one of four examples of “what a great session guitarists should aim to be”.


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Adriana Balic featured in documentary about pop singer P!nk

June 3, 2021

Adriana Balic, a faculty member in the Popular Music program, was featured in a new film “All I Know So Far” about pop singer P!nk. The documentary released on Amazon Prime follows the singer’s 2019 European tour in support of her album “Beautiful Trauma.”


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USC Thornton alums featured in new video by Olivia Rodrigo

May 27, 2021

The latest music video from chart-topping artist Olivia Rodrigo was a family affair for the USC Thornton School of Music’s Popular Music program. A live performance of Rodrigo’s new single, “favorite crime,” for Vevo LIFT features alumni Liv Slingerland ’15 on guitar as well as three backing singers from Thornton: alums Tehillah Alphonso ’20 and […]


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Nick Stoubis awarded the Distinguished Faculty Service Award

May 13, 2021

Nick Stoubis, the Chair of the Studio Guitar program at USC Thornton, was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Service Award by the USC Academic Senate. The award honors faculty service to the University that is beyond normal research, administrative, clinical, and teaching responsibilities. The plaque that was part of the award given to Stoubis on Wednesday, […]


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Jensen McRae interviewed by The Wall Street Journal

May 11, 2021

Popular Music alum Jensen McRae (BM ’19) was featured in a Wall Street Journal article about vaccine-themed songs for her single, “Immune”. The song is about “two friends who hook up in their car while waiting in the long line at the Dodger Stadium vaccination site and spiral out about what the future holds.” McRae originally […]


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Remi Wolf selected for Fender Next Class of 2021

May 5, 2021

USC Thornton alum Remi Wolf (BM ’18) was selected amongst 25 rising artists as part of the Fender Next Class of 2021. The program is designed to elevate rising musicians that are pushing guitar forward in music and culture. Each artist will receive Fender guitars and amps, as well as marketing support from the company. […]


Michael Tilson Thomas and Los Angeles Philharmonic win at 2021 GRAMMY Awards

March 14, 2021

The 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards, held virtually on Sunday, March 14, brought wins for faculty and alumni at USC Thornton. Celebrated conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, a Thornton alum and Judge Widney Professor at USC, won for Best Orchestral Performance for the San Francisco Symphony’s “Copland: Symphony No. 3.” And the many alumni and faculty who […]


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Celeste Butler and Raivyn Hearne compete on American Idol

March 9, 2021

Two artists from USC Thornton’s Popular Music program will compete on American Idol this season. Alum Celeste Butler (BM ‘19) and current student Raivyn Hearne both received the coveted golden ticket and will appear on the show’s 19th season, airing now. Butler was recently featured in a Daily Trojan article about her appearance on the […]


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