Electric Drum Ensemble

In 2009, the USC Thornton School of Music partnered with Roland, one of the world’s top manufacturers of electronic musical instruments, to establish the Roland Drumlab. This monumental partnership makes USC the first to require drumset proficiency as part of a Popular Music Performance program. Peter Erskine who was key…

Peter Lee Johnson: electric violin looping

In a twist to the sound of popular music, Peter Lee Johnson uses an electric violin and looping pedal to electrify audiences world-wide with personally written compositions and hits from Billboard. Peter Lee Johnson is a Popular Music Performance student in the USC Thronton School of Music. A musical prodigy…

Qi Zhang’s electrifying organ performance

Organ virtuoso Qi Zhang plays her electric rendering of “Ridiculous Fellows” from Prokofiev’s “The Love for Three Oranges” orchestral suite. This exhilarating performance features the Yamaha Electone Stagea, a rare, imported instrument specially programmed by Qi herself. Filmed at TEDxUSC.