Posts Tagged ‘Popular Music’

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King Princess performs NPR Tiny Desk Concert

December 2, 2022

On Nov. 2, USC Thornton non-degreed popular music program alumna Mikaela Straus (King Princess) performed a NPR Tiny Desk Concert. The indie pop singer performed three songs from her most recent album, “Hold On Baby”.

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Meeting the Demand

November 30, 2022

USC Thornton grads are music teachers bringing popular music into the classroom.

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Chanda Dancy to compose score for upcoming film “Devotion”

November 18, 2022

USC Thornton Screen Scoring program alumna Chanda Dancy (GRCT ‘04) will compose the score for upcoming film “Devotion.” The film is based on a book of the same name by Adam Makos about the first black aviator pilot in the Navy during the Korean War. Dancy is an accomplished film and TV composer known for… Continue reading Chanda Dancy to compose score for upcoming film “Devotion”

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Multiple USC Thornton Grads and Faculty Nominated for 2023 GRAMMY Awards

November 15, 2022

Alumni and faculty from the Jazz Studies program lead a lengthy list of USC Thornton nominees.

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Jensen McRae discusses inspiration and collaboration

November 9, 2022

Oct. 19, MTV published a profile of USC Thornton popular music program alumna Jensen McRae. The site mentioned Jensen’s recent sold-out opening performances in New York’s Rockwood Music Hall for singer Amos Lee, as well as the literary roots and collaborative perspective of Jensen’s music. “If I’m having writer’s block in one area, focusing on… Continue reading Jensen McRae discusses inspiration and collaboration


Billboard names USC Thornton one of the top music business schools

November 4, 2022

Billboard Magazine named the USC Thornton School of Music one of the top music business schools in the U.S. The 2022 report on top music business colleges and universities is based on industry recommendations, alumni information and affordability. Billboard reports the list is the most geographically diverse list to date.

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Making the City a Classroom

November 3, 2022

Music Industry program students gained hands-on experience and networking opportunities at the Black Music Action Coalition Awards.

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The Process: Ethan Chilton

October 27, 2022

Jazz Studies alum took advantage of opportunities at USC Thornton to compose for jazz and orchestral musicians.  

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Richard Smith releases new single co-written with alumnus Adam Hawley

October 25, 2022

USC Thornton Studio Guitar and Popular Music professor Richard Smith has released a new single called “Groove Assets” on Sept. 1. According to The Urban Music Scene, the single was produced and co-written by USC Thornton alumnus Adam Hawley (BA ‘06, MA ‘08, DMA ‘10). “Groove Assets” is their third collaboration together. “There is no… Continue reading Richard Smith releases new single co-written with alumnus Adam Hawley

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Ambrose Akinmusire to receive Jazz Innovator Award

October 21, 2022

Trumpeter, composer and USC Thornton Jazz Studies Department alumnus Ambrose Akinmusire (MM ’07) will receive the Jazz Innovator Award at the inaugural Jazz Music Awards on October 22. The Jazz Music Awards recognize and celebrate individuals who have made, and continue to make, a lasting contribution to jazz music.