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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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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”.


Jongnic Bontemps featured in Variety

April 30, 2021

Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ‘12), an alum of the Screen Scoring program, was featured in Variety about writing scores for four documentaries centered around the lives of Black Americans. “I asked the universe for this,” Bontemps said of his work in an article written by Thornton faculty member and music critic Jon Burlingame. Over the past […]


Jermaine Stegall interviewed about score for Coming 2 America

April 22, 2021

Jermaine Stegall (GCRT ’04), an alumnus of the Screen Scoring program, was interviewed by several publications including American Songwriter about his work on “Coming 2 America.” Stegall focused on Pan African instruments for this score. He also worked with producers and the costume department to incorporate some instruments that could be visible on screen. “In […]


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Garry Schyman wins Society of Composers & Lyricists Award

April 19, 2021

Garry Schyman, a Thornton alumnus and faculty member of the Screen scoring program, received an award from the Society of Composers & Lyricists along with fellow composer Mikolai Stroinski. The duo earned the award for Outstanding Original Score for Interactive Media for their work on the Kafka-inspired video game Metamorphosis. This award, given at the […]


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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 […]


Michael Tilson Thomas and Los Angeles Philharmonic win at 2021 GRAMMY Awards

March 14, 2021

The 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards, held virtually on Sunday, March 14, brought wins for faculty and alumni at USC Thornton. Celebrated conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, a Thornton alum and Judge Widney Professor at USC, won for Best Orchestral Performance for the San Francisco Symphony’s “Copland: Symphony No. 3.” And the many alumni and faculty who […]


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Ludwig Göransson discusses “Tenet” score in Variety

March 1, 2021

Ludwig Göransson (GCRT ‘08), an alum of the USC Thornton Screen Scoring program, was interviewed by Variety about his score for Christopher Nolan’s recent film, “Tenet.” In the article, Göransson discusses the details of his collaboration with Nolan, including how he was challenged to experiment with different sounds for the film’s otherworldly score. “So many […]


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Grammy-winning TV and film composer Perry Botkin Jr. dies at 87

February 1, 2021

Perry Botkin Jr., a GRAMMY Award-winning and Oscar-nominated television and film composer, and alumnus of USC Thornton, died on January 18 at the age of 87. The acclaimed arranger was well-known for his composition of the themes to “Happy Days,” “Mork and Mindy,” and “The Young and the Restless.” Botkin’s musical career began when he […]


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Peter Boyer composes music for presidential inauguration

January 20, 2021

Composer and USC Thornton alum Peter Boyer (GCRT ’96) received the honor of composing a new piece for the festivities surrounding the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden. Boyer was featured in the Los Angeles Times in a story about the significance of the commission. Titled “Fanfare for Tomorrow,” the piece was commissioned to […]


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