Screen Scoring News

Lindsay Wolfington wins Guild of Music Supervisors Award

February 20, 2019

USC Thornton Music Industry faculty member Lindsay Wolfington took home the “Best Music Supervision – Television Limited Series or Movie” award at the Ninth Annual Guild of Music Supervisor Awards on February 13. Wolfington, who shares the award with Laura Webb, was recognized for her work with Netflix’s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” […]


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Laura Karpman quoted in The New York Times about diversity in screen scoring

January 17, 2019

Laura Karpman, a faculty member in USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program, was quoted in The New York Times’ recent article, “Female Composers Are Trying to Break Film’s Sound Barrier.” Karpman is a governor in the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has been instrumental in expanding the branch’s diversity. […]


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Jose Kropp earns Regional Emmy

January 9, 2019

Screen Scoring Master’s student, Jose Kropp, earned a 2018 Suncoast Regional Emmy in the Public Service Announcement category for his composition of “Child Sexual Abuse Prevention – Lauren’s Kids,” a 30-second television message. The PSA aired widely on all the major television networks throughout Florida. He shares the award with five other individuals who helped […]


Screen Scoring tops ranking in The Hollywood Reporter for second year

December 5, 2018

USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program has once again topped The Hollywood Reporter’s annual poll of the “Top 25 Music Schools for Composing for Film and TV.” Last year, the report placed Thornton at #1. This year, the school has swapped positions with last year’s #2, Julliard, noting, “Running virtually neck-and-neck with Juilliard is USC.” “It’s […]


Cali Wang wins BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship

September 19, 2018

Composer and sound artist Cali Wang (MM ’18), an alumna of USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program, was recently announced as the winner of the BMI Foundation’s 2018 Pete Carpenter Fellowship for her composition, New to the World. The annual fellowship awards an aspiring film, television and video composer with a cash stipend and intensive mentorship […]


Alumnus Robert Lydecker scores second season of “Iron Fist”

September 11, 2018

Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Robert Lydecker (BM ’08 Composition, GCRT ’09 Film Scoring), scored the second season of the Netlix original series Iron Fist, which premiered September 7th. Lydecker also co-scored two seasons of ABC’s Designated Survivor with composer Sean Callery, and co-composed the score for the 2017 film XXX: Return of Xander Cage […]


Film scoring alumni selected for Universal Film Music Composer Initiative

August 23, 2018

Four USC Thornton film scoring alumni – George Shaw (BM ’04, Film Scoring), Jermaine Stegall (GCRT ’04, SMPTV), Layla Minoui (GCRT ’08, SMPTV), and Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ’12, SMPTV) – have been selected as finalists for the Universal Film Music Composer Initiative, which aims to nurture up-and-coming screen composers. As noted in the Hollywood Reporter, […]


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BMI to honor Laura Karpman with Champion Award

April 18, 2018

Laura Karpman, composer and USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, will receive the BMI Champion Award for her commitment to supporting fellow media composers through The Alliance of Women Film Composers. Karpman, who founded the organization in 2014, has received four Emmy Awards and most recently composed for the Amazon Prime series Mozart in the […]


Jon Burlingame chats about Oscar-nominated songs

March 14, 2018

USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member Jon Burlingame was recently interviewed for the NPR radio program Here & Now, hosted by WBUR’s Jeremy Hobson, in advance of the 90th annual Academy Awards. Burlingame spoke about the five songs nominated for Best Original Song, including “Remember Me” from the animated film Coco, which took the award […]


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Laura Karpman contributes to “Mozart in the Jungle”

March 7, 2018

Laura Karpman, a noted TV/film composer and member of the USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty, was recently profiled by KPCC’s “The Frame” on her musical contributions to the Amazon Prime series Mozart in the Jungle. Karpman, who is the founding president of the Alliance for Women Film Composers and has received four Emmy Awards, became […]


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