Screen Scoring News

USC Thornton #1 on Hollywood Reporter’s list of ‘Music Schools for Film and TV’

November 7, 2017

USC Thornton’s renowned Screen Scoring program has topped the Hollywood Reporter’s list of the “Top 25 Music Schools for Film and TV,” lauding the school’s conservatory approach and focus on music for contemporary media. The article, which points to Thornton alumnus Thomas Newman and faculty member and alumnus Bruce Broughton (’67) as success stories, quotes […]


Thornton alumni create the Los Angeles Film Conductor’s Intensive

October 18, 2017

USC Thornton alumni David Newman (MM ’82, Violin) and Angel Velez (MA ’14, Music Education) have teamed to create the Los Angeles Film Conductor’s Intensive (LAFCI), a conductor training program designed for media composers. LAFCI hosts regular workshops and seminars to train artists in the nuances of conducting for film, television, and video game recording […]


Guild of Music Supervisors conference held at USC

October 16, 2017

Last week, The Guild of Music Supervisors held its 3rd annual “State of Music in Media” conference at USC’s Bovard Auditorium, convening a series of panels featuring some of the brightest talents in the field. The event was organized with help from USC Thornton Music Industry chair Paul Young, and included music supervisors and show […]


Alumnus Gabriel DiMarco excels as composer and musician

April 21, 2017

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumnus Gabriel DiMarco (GCRT ’14, scoring for motion pictures and television) won Best Score for the feature film, Children of the Mountain, at the 2016 Ghana Movie Awards in Accra, Ghana. Described as “moving” by Daniel Glenn of Film Forward, DiMarco’s score reinforces the emotional journey of an unmarried mother in […]


Pacific Symphony performance with Peter Boyer to be broadcast on PBS

April 10, 2017

Ellis Island: The Dream of America, a multimedia orchestral work by composer and USC Thornton alumnus Peter Boyer (GCRT ’96, SMPTV) was the centerpiece of the Pacific Symphony’s recent American Composers Festival from April 6-8. Conducted by music director and USC Thornton faculty member Carl St.Clair, the GRAMMY-nominated piece incorporates narration and projected imagery to […]


Alumni arrange and score for Paramount’s “XXX: Return of Xander Cage”

February 15, 2017

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumni Robert Lydecker (BM ’08, film scoring, GCRT ‘09, SMPTV), Kenny Wood (GCRT ‘09, SMPTV) and Harrison Lee (GCRT ’12, SMPTV) worked on the score for Paramount’s new film XXX: Return of Xander Cage, which was released this past January. Wood and Lee served as arrangers on the project, while Lydecker […]


Alumnus Jacques Brautbar featured in KQED’s “Film School Shorts”

January 25, 2017

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumnus Jacques Brautbar (’15, GCRT ’16, Screen Scoring) was recently profiled by “Film School Shorts,” a national series showcasing student filmmakers by San Francisco’s KQED Public Television. In the piece, Brautbar recounts his non-traditional career path and provides valuable insight into the balance between creative artistry and effective collaboration in the […]


Drew Mikuška wins ASCAP Screen Scoring scholarship

December 19, 2016

Drew Mikuška (BM ’14, composition), a graduate student in the USC Thornton Screen Scoring program, was recently honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation with the Betty Rose Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to an exceptional Screen Scoring student who will receive intensive mentorship sessions with a prominent screen […]


USC Thornton comes in at #2 in latest “Hollywood Reporter” ranking

December 9, 2016

The Hollywood Reporter has again named USC Thornton on its list of the top music schools, ranking the school at number two in the world. The article, “Top 25 Music Schools, 2016” makes special mention of Thornton’s cutting-edge Screen Scoring program and its relationship to the Los Angeles music industry. Composer and Screen Scoring faculty […]


“Variety” quotes Patrick Kirst on the evolution of film scoring

November 17, 2016

Screen Scoring faculty member Patrick Kirst was recently quoted by Variety in an article on shifting trends in film scoring. Noting that the “sonic world” is one of the most compelling approaches available to contemporary film composers, Kirst concluded that “the tradition that comes from a pitch-oriented score has been replaced by a sound-oriented world. […]


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