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Christian Kolo announced as 2019 Pete Carpenter Fellow

October 7, 2019

Thornton alumnus Christian Kolo (MM ’19, Screen Scoring) was recently announced as the winner of the 2019 Pete Carpenter Fellowship, a residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. Kolo is an award-winning composer, and was awarded the fellowship based on his composition, “Hold On!” The award includes a stipend for four to five […]


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Christopher Young’s Pet Sematary soundtrack released on vinyl

October 2, 2019

Christopher Young‘s original soundtrack for the 2019 remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was recently released on vinyl by Waxwork Records. Young is a Golden Globe-nominated composer known for his work on Hellraiser, Drag Me To Hell and Trick or Treat, and an adjunct assistant professor for USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program. The soundtrack is […]


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Bear McCreary offers insights into his scores on podcast The Fourth Wall

September 18, 2019

Bear McCreary (BM ‘02) was recently interviewed on The Fourth Wall, a podcast that aims to get a behind the scenes look at the film industry from industry professionals. McCreary, who is known for his diverse catalogue of work and innovative scores, offered insights into the process of scoring some of his well-known projects. About […]


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Jaimie Pangan nominated for Hollywood Music in Media Award

September 12, 2019

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alum Jaimie Pangan received a Hollywood Music in Media award nomination for her song “Farewell” in the category of Contemporary Classical/Instrumental. The Hollywood Music in Media Academy honors original music in visual media from around the globe, with past winners including fellow Screen Scoring alum Ludwig Goransson (Black Panther), Max Richter […]


Jon Burlingame to host new Disney podcast

September 9, 2019

USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member Jon Burlingame will be the host for Disney Music Group’s new podcast, “For Scores.” In each episode, Burlingame, who is a regular contributor to Variety, will interview television and film composers from, Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox. Burlingame’s personal connections with the composers will give listeners […]


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Laura Karpman featured in the Los Angeles Times

August 27, 2019

Laura Karpman, a USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member, was recently profiled in the the Los Angeles Times about her orchestral piece All American that premiered at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, August 22. Karpman told the Times, “It’s about amplifying women. It’s about wanting to be out loud myself, but it’s also about saying, […]


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Thornton alumni and faculty recognized by BMI at annual awards

June 20, 2019

At the 35th annual BMI Film, TV & Visual Media Awards, USC Thornton alumni and faculty were recognized as top performing composers. Ludwig Göransson (GC ’08)  added to his long list of 2019 awards, which includes three GRAMMYs and an Oscar, and won an award for Venom and Creed II. Additionally, in the BMI Cable […]


Bear McCreary and Ludwig Göransson earn acclaim for television themes

May 9, 2019

In a Rotten Tomatoes’ article ranking the 21 best TV theme songs of the past 21 years, two USC Thornton alumni made the list. Bear McCreary ’02 ranked fourth for his iconic theme to The Walking Dead, and Screen Scoring alumnus Ludwig Göransson’s (GC ’08) theme for the comedy Community was listed as sixteenth. In April, Göransson […]


Bear McCreary wins BAFTA Award

May 2, 2019

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumnus Bear McCreary ‘02 recently won the 2019 British Academy Games Awards in the Music category for his score of “God of War.” This award is one of many accolades McCreary has earned for this project. He previously was nominated for a Game Audio Network Guild award and won the second […]


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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 […]


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