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Austin Wintory wins Game Audio Network Guild Award

July 19, 2021

Austin Wintory (BM ‘07), an alum of the Composition program, recently won the award for Best Music for an Indie Game at the 19th annual Game Audio Network Guild Awards (G.A.N.G. Awards) for his score of the game “The Pathless.” Wintory was also nominated in several other categories including Best Main Theme, Best Original Song, […]


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New work by Alexander Mansour premiered by Alabama Symphony Orchestra

July 15, 2021

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra presented the world premiere of “SPARK” in June by composer Alexander Mansour (MM ’21), an alum of the Composition program.


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USC Thornton faculty and alumni nominated for 2021 Emmy Awards

July 13, 2021

USC Thornton faculty and alumni were nominated for the 73rd Emmy Awards, announced on Tuesday, July 13th. Alum Michael Abels (BM ‘84) received double nominations for his work on HBO’s Allen v. Farrow including Outstanding Music Composition For A Documentary Series Or Special (Original Dramatic Score), and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music), as did […]


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Ted Hearne named 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist

July 5, 2021

Composer and USC Thornton faculty member Ted Hearne was named a 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist for “Place.”


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“Mariachitlán” by Juan Pablo Contreras to be performed at Disney Hall with LACO

June 23, 2021

Juan Pablo Contreras, a DMA Student in Composition, will bring his internationally celebrated work, “Mariachitlán,” to both Walt Disney Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall this summer.


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Scott Rieker Named Semi-Finalist in American Prize for Composition

June 14, 2021

Dr. Scott Rieker’s (DMA, ‘19), Director of Choral Music & Music Education, was named a semi-finalist in the American Prize for Composition, in the Choral Music division for his setting of five poems by former US Poet Laurate, Ted Kooser, entitled “Ted Kooser Suite.”


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Lindsay Wolfington wins at 11th Annual Guild Of Music Supervisors Awards

May 21, 2021

Music Industry faculty member Lindsay Wolfington won the award for Best Music Supervision – Television Movie at the 11th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards along with Laura Webb and Warren Fischer for her work on “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”.


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Detroit Symphony Orchestra to present world premiere by Veronika Krausas

May 7, 2021

On Saturday, May. 8, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Caryatids by Veronika Krausas. The professor of Composition’s new work won the DSO’s tenth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers. The concert also includes the Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto featuring Midori, Judge Widney Professor of Music at USC. The digital […]


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Nina Shekhar selected to be Young Concert Artist’s Composer-in-Residence for 2021

May 6, 2021

Thornton alum Nina Shekhar (MM ’20, Composition) has been selected to be the Young Concert Artist’s Composer-in-Residence for 2021. The residency includes a 3-year management contract and a substantial financial package for three commissions. Shekhar is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Princeton University and also serves as a Composer Teaching Artist Fellow for the Los Angeles […]


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Michael Abels interviewed by Jon Burlingame in Variety

April 12, 2021

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Michael Abels (BM ‘84) was interviewed in Variety about composers of color in the film industry by Thornton faculty member and music writer Jon Burlingame. Abels, one of the co-founders of the Composers Diversity Collective, spoke about the changes he has seen in Hollywood over the past years as race and […]


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