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Alexander Miller stages multi-media performance about lost LA landmarks

October 17, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Alexander Miller (DMA ’10) will perform a multi-media project To…Oblivion: Historic Landmarks Around Los Angeles for the first time in its entirety on Friday, October 25 at Boston Court Pasadena. Using electric guitar and audio and visual effects, Miller’s performance will explore six LA landmarks that have been irreparably altered or destroyed. […]


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Popular Music alums to perform at Hollywood Bowl

October 16, 2019

Thornton alums Annie Dingwall (’13) and Justin Klunk (’13), who now form the band RAINNE, will perform at the Hollywood Bowl on October 19 alongside acts such as Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers and Billie Eilish. RAINNE was selected out of 2,700 other acts that entered the competition for the Hollywood Bowl slot. The performance […]


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Austin Wintory scores new game “John Wick Hex”

October 15, 2019

Composition alum Austin Wintory (’07) has composed the music of “John Wick Hex,” a new video game based on the popular John Wick movie series. Wintory is best known for his GRAMMY-nominated score for the game “Journey” and his score for “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.” Lionsgate and game developer Bithell Games made the announcement of Wintory’s […]


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Thornton-born duo VOILÀ makes music for, and stars in, Netflix’s Tall Girl

October 14, 2019

Music Industry alum Gus Ross (’18) and non-degreed alum Luke Eisner first started music duo VOILÀ in their USC dorm rooms, and now their song “Stand Tall” is featured in Netflix’s original movie “Tall Girl.” After reading the script the duo was inspired to rework their track “Stand Tall” for the movie, and have “Tall […]


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Faculty and alumni come together at fourth annual CollabFest

October 11, 2019

USC Thornton will have a strong presence at the upcoming CollabFest conference, with many alumni and faculty attending. Alan Smith, director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts, Andrew Harley (DMA ’97), Russell Miller (BM), James Douglass (DMA ’04), ChoEun Lee (DMA, ’13) and Lisa Sylvester, Chair of Vocal Arts & Opera at Thornton, will all be participating. […]


Andrew Harrison selected as Beverly Hills National Audition winner

October 10, 2019

USC Thornton alum and saxophonist Andrew Harrison (DMA ’15) was recently selected as a 2019-2020 Beverly Hills National Audition winner. Performers are awarded annually, and subsequently perform monthly in various concert series to celebrate and showcase their selection. After a recent installment of the concert series The Interludes, Harrison received a glowing review in the […]


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USC Thornton faculty and alumni enter GRAMMY Award consideration

October 9, 2019

A number of Thornton faculty and alumni have entered consideration for GRAMMY award nominations. Jazz Studies faculty member Sara Gazarek’s album Thirsty Ghost is up for consideration in multiple categories including Best Jazz Vocal Album. Alumnus Gernot Wolfgang’s (GCRT ’94) chamber music album, Vienna and the West, was entered in the Best Classical Compendium category. […]


Bing Wang judges nation-wide songwriting competition in Singapore

October 8, 2019

USC Thornton faculty member and music producer Bing Wang landed a spot on the judging panel for Singapore’s nation-wide Mandopop songwriting festival, SG:SW2017 I Write The Songs. Wang was joined by Singaporean xinyao pioneer Liang Wern Fook and singer-songwriter Wong Hong Mok to judge the 12 performances given at the finale concert on Saturday, Sept […]


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Christian Kolo announced as 2019 Pete Carpenter Fellow

October 7, 2019

Thornton alumnus Christian Kolo (MM ’19, Screen Scoring) was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 Pete Carpenter Fellowship, a residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. Kolo is an award-winning composer, and was awarded the fellowship based on his composition, “Hold On!” The award includes a stipend for four to five […]


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Christopher Young’s Pet Sematary soundtrack released on vinyl

October 2, 2019

Christopher Young‘s original soundtrack for the 2019 remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was recently released on vinyl by Waxwork Records. Young is a Golden Globe-nominated composer known for his work on Hellraiser, Drag Me To Hell and Trick or Treat, and an adjunct assistant professor for USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program. The soundtrack is […]


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