USC Thornton Jazz Composers Collective

Winner of the College Combo Division at the 2017 Next Generation Jazz Festival

By bringing together jazz, industry, technology, popular music, studio guitar, and film scoring into a single learning environment, USC Thornton’s Division of Contemporary Music has created the foundation of a professional network for its students.

Through interaction, collaboration, and a dynamic curriculum, students in the Contemporary Music Division have hands-on experiences designed to prepare them for careers in music. All under the direction of a truly remarkable faculty, each one dedicated to our student’s development as artists, professionals, and human beings.

USC Thornton has a long tradition of innovative programs. We were among the first in the nation to offer degrees in jazz studies, studio guitar, film scoring, and music industry. This tradition continues with the recent addition of our Popular Music program. Along with our outstanding classical and academic programs, we are one of the most distinctive and comprehensive music programs you will find in the world.

The results of this experience can be found in the success of our alumni. Current and former students are Grammy nominees, in-demand producers, established film composers, touring musicians, recording artists, and accomplished educators.

The 2017 USC Thornton Jazz Composers Collective is:

Aaron Reihs, tenor saxophone
Chase Jackson, vibraphone
Kyle Sherer, guitar
Logan Kane, bass
Max Naseck, piano
Zev Shearn Nance, drums

Vince Mendoza, director