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Chris Sampson

Chris Sampson has enjoyed a diverse and multi-faceted career as an educator, producer, performer, and administrator. Chris currently serves as the Vice Dean for the Division of Contemporary Music at the USC Thornton School of Music. In 2009, Chris founded the Popular Music program at USC Thornton, regarded as the first program of its kind at a major university. In its brief existence, the USC Thornton Popular Music program has made a significant impact, compelling Rolling Stone magazine to describe it as a "cutting-edge department that's become the site of one of Los Angeles's most productive new music scenes." As a professor of songwriting and through the Popular Music program, Chris's students have penned number one hit songs, toured nationally and internationally, secured recording and publishing contracts, placed numerous songs in films and television, are among the most subscribed musicians on YouTube, won national television competitions and international songwriting competitions, and work in multiple areas of the music industry, including A&R, publishing, and administration.

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American Voices: Pop/Rock Master Session with Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles

Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles coach pre-selected young artists. The session concludes with a discussion moderated by Renée Fleming that includes Kristen Foster, Peter Mensch, William Riley, Chris Sampson, Don Was, and Dr. Steven Zeitels.


American Voices Symposium: The Business and Technology of Popular Singing Today

Universal Nashville CEO Mike Dungan, Exec. VP at PMK*BNC Kristen Foster, Q Prime founder Peter Mensch, Vice Dean USC Contemporary Music Div. Chris Sampson, EA Music President Steve Schnur, Blue Note President Don Was, discuss business trends.


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