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“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to contemporary film composers, Kirst concluded that “the tradition that comes from a pitch-oriented score has been replaced by a sound-oriented world. […]

Alumna Julia Newmann’s “Bones Orchestral Suite” performed live

September 28, 2016

A work by Composition alumna Julia Newmann (BM ’03) was recently performed by a 55-piece orchestra as part of “The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live.” A collaboration between Grand Performances and The Alliance for Women Film Composers, the event was a celebration of 21 film, television, and videogame scores by female composers. Newmann, who has […]

Alum Toby Sherriff recognized for work on animated film

September 23, 2016

Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Toby Sherriff (GCRT ’15, scoring for motion pictures and television) recently received a SOCAN Foundation Award for his music for Charles Kenhao Mai’s animated film, Parkability. The SOCAN Foundation recognizes Canadian composers aged 30 years or younger for specific musical works in five categories of concert music. Sheriff took 3rd […]

Bear McCreary chats with AXS about his career

September 14, 2016

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Bear McCreary (BM ’02) was interviewed by AXS about his recent projects and his plans for the future. The well-regarded film composer, who received USC Thornton’s 2016 Outstanding Alumnus Award, is currently scoring the final season of “Black Sails” and is looking forward to doing more concert performances in the next […]

Anna Drubich’s “Kaddish” to open Babi-Yar commemoration in Kiev

September 13, 2016

A composition by USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television alumna Anna Drubich (GCRT ’12) will be featured at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Babi-Yar Holocaust massacres in Kiev, Ukraine. Drubich’s Kaddish, an 11-minute concerto for cello, Tibetan singing bowl, timpani, and strings, will feature cellist Evgeny Tonkha as soloist. Drubich […]

Thornton takes center stage in new USC NCAA spot

September 12, 2016

Last week, the University of Southern California debuted its new 2016 institutional TV spot to national audiences during the NCAA football game between the USC Trojans and the University of Alabama. The 30-second spot, which will air throughout the athletic season, highlights the arts USC and features a number of USC Thornton student musicians. close […]

Garry Schyman to premiere concerto with the L.A. Jewish Symphony

August 17, 2016

Garry Schyman, alumnus and USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, will premiere a new viola concerto, Zingaro, with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony on August 21. The program, conducted by Noreen Green and featuring violist Matthew Cohen, highlights music by composers from the film and gaming industries, including selections from Schyman’s scores for the BioSchock […]

Film composer James Newton Howard to perform his soundtracks live at Royal Albert Hall

July 22, 2016

The works of GRAMMY Award-winning film composer and USC Thornton alumnus James Newton Howard will be celebrated in a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall this November. Howard, who was recently selected to score the newest film in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, has previously scored popular films including […]

Daniel Carlin receives Ambassador Award at the Krakow Film Music Festival

July 13, 2016

The Krakow Film Music Festival recently awarded USC Thornton Screen Scoring director Daniel Carlin it’s esteemed Ambassador Award in recognition of his years of ongoing service and support. The ninth-annual Polish festival, which is the largest such gathering in the world, celebrates the many genres of music connected with the screen. Carlin, who has served […]

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 […]

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