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Austin Wintory interviews Bear McCreary about composing for video games

December 6, 2019

As a guest host of The Game Maker’s Notebook podcast from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, Composition alum Austin Wintory (BM ’07) recently interviewed fellow Trojan and video game composer, Screen Scoring alum Bear McCreary (BM ’02). Both composers are widely known for their award-winning video game scores, and even worked together on […]


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Ryan Lerman releases new album, composes cover with Scary Pockets

December 5, 2019

Studio guitar alum Ryan Lerman (BM ’09) released his third album “Noisy Feelings” on Nov. 22, featuring 10 independently written, mixed and produced tracks. Lerman is a multi-instrumentalist and highly collaborative artists; his previous album, “Friends,” was entirely composed of originals and covers recorded with his most frequent collaborators, such as Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose, […]


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Alexander Lloyd Blake named one of 30 Professionals of the Year by Musical America

December 4, 2019

Choral & Sacred Music alum Alexander Lloyd Blake (DMA ’19) has been named as one of Musical America’s 30 Professionals of the Year. The annual report recognizes performing arts professionals who make significant contributions to the vitality of the performing arts world. Blake is recognized for his work as director of the choral group Tonality, […]


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Austin Wintory details artistic process behind “Journey” score in new video

November 27, 2019

Composition alum Austin Wintory (BM ’07) discusses the turbulent but rewarding creative process behind his score of the popular video game “Journey” in a recent video from Polygon. Wintory is an accomplished video game composer whose scores often earn their own fanbase. His score for “Journey” is no different. It debuted on the Billboard charts […]


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Angela Little wins AGSC Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Short Film

November 26, 2019

Screen Scoring alum Angela Little (MM ’19) won an AGSC Screen Music Award in the category of Best Music for a Short Film for her score of the short film “For the Girl in the Coffee Shop.” Little worked collaboratively with director Rebekah Jackson to create a score that expresses the nuances of the film’s […]


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John Storie performs on new album by Jeff Goldblum and Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

November 21, 2019

Studio Guitar alum John Storie (BM ‘06) performed and arranged music for the recently released album by Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra titled “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This.” The album features guest artists Miley Cyrus, Fiona Apple, Inara George, Anna Calvi, Gina Saputo, Sharon Van Etten and Gregory Porter. The album is […]


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King Princess to make SNL debut and open for Harry Styles on tour

November 20, 2019

Mikaela Straus, who performs under the name King Princess, will make her Saturday Night Live debut on Nov. 23 with host Will Ferrell. Straus is a non-degreed alum of the USC Thornton Popular Music program, and has become an emerging alt-pop sensation. Her band includes Popular Music alum Melody Ector (BM ’19) on keyboard. The […]


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Sturdivant Adams nominated for 2019 Hollywood Music in Media Award

November 18, 2019

Screen Scoring alum Sturdivant Adams (MM ’19) was nominated for a 2019 Hollywood Music in Media Award for his original score for “Between the Shadows,” an animated short he scored during his time at USC Thornton. “Between the Shadows” was directed and created by USC School of Dramatic Arts animation student Chun Chun Chang. Adams […]


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Andrew Prahlow earns two award nominations for “Outer Wilds” soundtrack

November 15, 2019

Screen Scoring alum Andrew Prahlow (GCRT ‘11) was nominated for two awards for his soundtrack for the “Outer Wilds” video game, a “backpacking adventure in space” that tasks players with solving the mystery of a recent disaster before the galaxy is wiped out by a supernova. The score was nominated for a Jerry Goldsmith Award […]


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USC Thornton faculty and alumnus to perform in benefit concert for Paradise Fire victims

November 14, 2019

Sunday, Nov. 24, USC Thornton Classical Guitar faculty members William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant (of the GRAMMY-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) and USC Thornton flamenco virtuoso and faculty member Adam del Monte will perform in a benefit concert, “Recuerdos de Paradise,” to support the victims of the Paradise Fire in 2018. Performing alongside them are flamenco […]


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