Screen Scoring News from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

No Film School explores Christopher Young’s “peculiar but awesome” creative process

May 31, 2016

Film composer and USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) faculty member Christopher Young was recently profiled by the No Film School website, praised for his “peculiar but awesome” creative process. The Golden Globe-nominated composer behind Spider Man 3, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and Drag Me To Hell described some of his […]


James Newton Howard to score new Rowling film

May 5, 2016

James Newton Howard, GRAMMY Award winning film composer and USC Thornton alumnus, has been selected to score the newest film in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Howard’s previous credits include eight Academy Award nominations for work on films such as Defiance, Michael Clayton, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and One […]


Guitarist and film scoring student Tim Callobre profiled in OZY

March 21, 2016

USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television (SMPTV) graduate student Tim Callobre (BA ’15, Music) was recently profiled in OZY magazine, which detailed his prodigious experience as a classical guitarist and his growing body of work in film scoring. Callobre has previously received a composition fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LAPhil) and has […]


Oscar nominations for Thomas Newman and John Williams

January 21, 2016

Two members of the USC Thornton family have received Academy Award nominations in the category of “Best Music – Original Score.” Composer and Board of Councilors member Thomas Newman received his nomination for the score to “Bridge of Spies.” In the same category, Thornton collaborator and honorary alumnus John Williams was nominated for “Star Wars: […]


Thornton students and alums give MAX’s “Gibberish” an orchestral edge

December 3, 2015

MAX, a rising star in popular music, featured a cast comprised almost exclusively of USC Thornton student musicians in a video for his newest single, “Gibberish.” In addition to the many Thornton students performing in the video, the orchestral arrangement is the result of a collaboration between MAX and Zi Zhu Zhao (MM ’16, piano), […]


USC Thornton ranks high on Hollywood Reporter’s list of top music schools

December 1, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter recently profiled USC Thornton on its list of the “Top 25 Music Schools of 2015,” ranking the school at number three. The profile noted that Thornton’s proximity to Los Angeles’ film and music industries fosters unparalleled opportunities for graduates of the school’s Contemporary Music Division, particularly in programs such as Music Industry, […]


SMPTV alum Ramesh Kumar Kannan and faculty Bruce Broughton nominated for awards

November 24, 2015

A score by Ramesh Kumar Kannan (GCRT ’13), alumnus of the USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program, for the independent film Labyrinth, has been nominated for the Hollywood Music in Media awards. SMTPV faculty member Bruce Broughton was also nominated for the score for the series Texas Rising, which he co-wrote […]


Singer-songwriter Peter Bradley Adams featured in Oklahoma concert

November 19, 2015

Singer-songwriter Peter Bradley Adams, a non-degreed USC Thornton alumnus, will be the featured performer at the Norman, Oklahoma, Winter Wind Concert this week. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Adams was drawn to Los Angeles in the mid-90s to study at USC Thornton’s famed Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program. He has since become […]


Alumnus Cody Westheimer scores new IMAX film

November 4, 2015

USC Thornton alumnus Cody Westheimer (BM ’01, composition) scored the music for the new IMAX film, “Journey to Space 3D,” which premiered at the California Science Center in Los Angeles last week. For the premiere event, Westheimer conducted student members of the USC Thornton Symphony in sections of the film score, in the shadow of […]


SMPTV student Jacques Brautbar receives ASCAP scholarship

September 16, 2015

Jacques Brautbar (BA ’15), currently a graduate student of the USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) program, has been awarded the Betty Rose Scholarship in Film Scoring from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). This scholarship is awarded annually to a selected student in the ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence Program […]


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