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USC Thornton faculty and alumni nominated for Emmy Awards

July 28, 2020

USC Thornton faculty and alumni were nominated in the 72nd Emmy Awards, announced on July 28. Laura Karpman, a faculty member in the celebrated Screen Scoring program, received two nominations for her work on the Discovery Channel’s “Why We Hate.” Karpman was nominated in the categories of Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music and Outstanding […]


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Thornton alumni to appear in Comic-Con@Home online game show

July 24, 2020

Sunday, July 26, three USC Thornton alumni will appear on a panel event for this year’s online-only Comic-Con, Comic-Con@Home. The live online event is a game show-style panel called Composer Squares Game Show, in the style of Hollywood Squares, and will feature alumni composers Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ’12), Christopher Lennertz (BM ’95), and Giona Ostinelli […]


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Michael Abels and Ludwig Göransson featured in LA Times

July 22, 2020

USC Thornton alumni and award-winning composers Michael Abels (BM ’84) and Ludwig Göransson (GCRT ‘08) were recently featured in an LA Times article looking ahead to the 2020 Emmy Awards and the standout composers for television who may be poised for top honors. Abels is highlighted for his score for the HBO series “Bad Education,” […]


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Patrice Rushen and Thornton alumni invited into the Academy

July 7, 2020

Patrice Rushen, chair of the Popular Music program at USC Thornton, along with three Thornton alumni—Chanda Dancy (GCRT ’04), Roger Neill (BM ’86), and Jermaine Stegall (GCRT ’04)—have been invited into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Rushen’s classic song “Forget Me Nots” was sampled for Will Smith’s “Men in Black,” from the […]


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Thornton Alumni receive ASCAP 2020 Screen Music Awards

July 1, 2020

Multiple alumni of USC Thornton received awards and nominations for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) 2020 Screen Music Awards, honoring the accomplishments of composers for film, television and video games from 2019. Bear McCreary (BM ’02) and Gordy Haab (GCRT ’02) received top honors in the Composers’ Choice categories. McCreary was […]


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Emily Cooley and Sturdivant Adams awarded 2020 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

June 20, 2020

USC Thornton Composition alum Emily Cooley (MM ’14) and Screen Scoring alum Sturdivant Adams (MM ’19) have both been awarded the 2020 Morton Gould Young Composer Award. The national juried competition honors composers of original, classical concert music under the age of 30. Cooley received the award in recognition of her piece titled “Dissolve.” Adams […]


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Thornton faculty and alumni join MusiCares relief benefit

June 18, 2020

USC Thornton faculty members and alumni are among the many artists and composers contributing their talents to “Soundtrack of Our Lives: A Celebration for the Film & TV Music Community,” an online benefit show for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Screen Scoring alum Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ’12), Composition alumni Austin Wintory (BM ’07) and Michael […]


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Ludwig Göransson writes and produces on new Childish Gambino album

April 28, 2020

Screen Scoring alum Ludwig Göransson (GC ’08) wrote and produced on the new Childish Gambino album 3.15.20, working with Donald Glover and other producers on tracks such as “Time,” featuring Ariana Grande. Göransson and Glover first worked together on the NBC television show “Community,” and have since been long-time collaborators. The pair took home two […]


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Andrew Prahlow nominated for BAFTA Games Award

March 4, 2020

Screen Scoring alum Andrew Prahlow’s (GCRT ’11) soundtrack of the video game “Outer Wilds” has been nominated for a 2020 BAFTA Games Award. The nomination follows other recent nods for the game’s music, including a Golden Joystick Award nomination for Best Audio and a Jerry Goldsmith Award nomination for Best Score. Prahlow’s music for the […]


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Raphaël Dargent featured in ABC6 News story

February 12, 2020

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alum Raphaël Dargent (MM ’19), known as PHAR, was recently featured on ABC6 News in a story about his career as a film composer. Originally from Paris, PHAR pursued a career in business before deciding to follow his passion for music and move to Los Angeles to earn his master’s in […]


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