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USC Thornton ranked among top 20 music schools for composing for film and TV by The Hollywood Reporter

November 23, 2021

This month, the USC Thornton School of Music topped the list of the 20 best music schools for composing for film and TV by The Hollywood Reporter. The rankings noted Thornton’s commitment to inclusivity — women comprise 50% of students currently enrolled in the screen scoring program, making it one of the most gender-diverse programs… Continue reading USC Thornton ranked among top 20 music schools for composing for film and TV by The Hollywood Reporter


Erika Poh scores string arrangment for K-pop singer CL

November 23, 2021

Sophomore Thornton composition student Erika Poh scored a string arrangement for K-Pop singer CL’s song “Siren,” which is featured on her newest album, Alpha. Poh co-arranged the piece with Josh Wei at Snakewood Studios in Singapore, and the score was performed by a quartet of Singapore Symphony Orchestra players. Alpha was released on October 20… Continue reading Erika Poh scores string arrangment for K-pop singer CL


Neil Stipp’s “Symphony Capriccio” premiered in Moldova

November 22, 2021

Earlier this year, Thornton alum Neil Stipp (MM ‘78) had his “Symphony Capriccio” premiered in the capital city of Moldova by the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Philharmonic. A recording of the premiere concert can be found here and is also available on Phasama Music’s “Chisinau 1 — New Music for Orchestra.” Stipp is a… Continue reading Neil Stipp’s “Symphony Capriccio” premiered in Moldova


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Michael Cartwright gives TEDx Talk on the art of the frontman

November 16, 2021

Trumpeter, vocalist and Thornton alum Michael Cartwright (’07) recently gave a TEDx Talk in Bismarck about the art of the frontman. In his talk, he discussed the three responsibilities that must be maintained by anyone who desires to become an effective frontman. “You have the charisma. Hold responsibility to yourself — master your craft. Hold… Continue reading Michael Cartwright gives TEDx Talk on the art of the frontman


Alondra Santos featured in Daily Trojan

November 15, 2021

Alondra Santos, a sophomore in the USC Thornton Vocal Arts program, was recently featured in a Daily Trojan article discussing her background as a mariachi performer and its influence on her artistry as a singer-songwriter. The piece also explores the close student-mentor relationship that Santos has established with vocals arts & opera faculty member Elizabeth… Continue reading Alondra Santos featured in Daily Trojan


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Jongnic Bontemps nominated for Critics Choice Documentary Award

November 11, 2021

Screen Scoring alum Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ’12) has been nominated for Best Score at the 2021 Critics Choice Association’s Documentary Awards for his work on Amazon Studios’ My Name is Pauli Murray. The winners will be announced at a gala on November 14 in Brooklyn. Bontemps is a critically-acclaimed film composer known for fusing a… Continue reading Jongnic Bontemps nominated for Critics Choice Documentary Award


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Paul Hodgins recognized for coining term ‘choreomusical’ in The Journal of Music Theory

November 10, 2021

USC Thornton faculty member Paul Hodgins was credited for coining the term “choreomusical” in a recent issue of the Journal of Music Theory. He first used the term in his 1992 doctoral dissertation, which discussed and analyzed the relationship between choreography and music. “Hodgins coined the term choreomusical, which has since been modified by others… Continue reading Paul Hodgins recognized for coining term ‘choreomusical’ in The Journal of Music Theory


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USC Thornton Composition faculty members awarded MacDowell Fellowships

November 8, 2021

USC Thornton Composition faculty members Ted Hearne and Nina C. Young have been awarded fellowships from MacDowell, the nation’s first artist residency program. This fellowship program recognizes artistic excellence across a range of seven disciplines and provides creative individuals with the necessary resources to create “enduring works of the imagination.” Young and Hearne were selected… Continue reading USC Thornton Composition faculty members awarded MacDowell Fellowships


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Angel Velez opens Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 season

November 5, 2021

Thornton alum and conductor Angel Velez (MA ‘14) opened the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 season on August 7 with a special “Hollywood Magic” concert that celebrated the magic of cinema. This musical presentation was a culmination of the summer session of the Los Angeles Film Directing Intensive Event (LAFCI), a workshop designed for students… Continue reading Angel Velez opens Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra’s 2021-2022 season


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Alexander Lloyd Blake and David Morales talk new Tonality album on The Kelly Clarkson Show

November 3, 2021

Earlier this week, Thornton alumni Alexander Lloyd Blake (DMA ‘19), the artistic director of Tonality, and David Morales (MA ’20), a Tonality ensemble member, were interviewed on an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. Blake spoke to Kelly about the background of the group and how the 24-voice choir explores stories of social justice and other difficult topics… Continue reading Alexander Lloyd Blake and David Morales talk new Tonality album on The Kelly Clarkson Show