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Laura Karpman calls for more female composers in music and film industry

April 8, 2019

Laura Karpman, a USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, was featured in Billboard’s article “How Female Composers are Pushing the Boundaries to Change the Music and Film Industry.” The piece focused on a panel discussion on how to increase the number of female composers in the film industry, hosted by the Women in Film advocacy […]


Gernot Wolfgang collaborates with Thornton faculty and alumni on new album

March 27, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Gernot Wolfgang (’94) just announced his new chamber music album Vienna and the West on Albany Records. The album, which was recorded over four days in May 2018, features Thornton faculty members Judith Farmer, Ben Hong and Andrew Shulman, as well as Thornton alumni Nic Gerpe (DMA ’12), Edgar Lopez (MM’ 15, […]

Jongnic Bontemps conducts his “United Skates” score at TV Academy

March 13, 2019

On March 6, USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumnus Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ’12) conducted excerpts of his score for the new HBO documentary United Skates in a concert sponsored by the Television Academy to celebrate the launch of its new category for Best Documentary Score. John Legend, who produced the film, personally introduced Bontemps prior to the […]

Thornton faculty and alumni nominated G.A.N.G. Awards

March 7, 2019

The video game industry’s leading organization, Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), recently announced the 2019 G.A.N.G. Award finalists. Among the nominees were Garry Schyman, a USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, as well as two USC Thornton alumni, Bear McCreary ’02 and Austin Wintory ’07. Schyman was nominated in 3 G.A.N.G award categories for his […]

Sturdivant Adams premieres new symphony in Poland

March 6, 2019

USC Thornton Screen Scoring Master’s student Sturdivant Adams presented the world premiere of his Symphony No. 2 this February at the POLIN Music Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Commissioned by POLIN Museum in 2017 as part of the 2016 European Museum of the Year Award, the piece was performed by Penderecki’s Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra (Warsaw Symphonic […]

Daniel Carlin

Daniel Carlin quoted in UpRoxx’s article on the scoring of ‘Black Panther’

February 28, 2019

Daniel Carlin, USC Thornton’s Vice Dean of the Contemporary Music Division and Chair of the Screen Scoring Program, was recently quoted in UpRoxx’s article on the success of the score for Black Panther, composed by Screen Scoring alumnus Ludwig Göransson (GC ’08). Carlin discussed how for much of Hollywood’s history only musicals focused on songs rather […]

Jon Burlingame gives Oscar insights on NPR’s Here and Now

February 27, 2019

Jon Burlingame, a faculty member in USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program, joined NPR’s Here and Now last week to give his take on the favorites to win the Oscar for Best Original Song. He said hit songs such as “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, or “All the Stars” from Black Panther, resonate with Oscar […]

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.” […]

Laura Karpman

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. […]

Jose Kropp

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 […]

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