Screen Scoring News

Alumni arrange and score for Paramount’s “XXX: Return of Xander Cage”

February 15, 2017

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumni Robert Lydecker (BM ’08, film scoring, GCRT ‘09, SMPTV), Kenny Wood (GCRT ‘09, SMPTV) and Harrison Lee (GCRT ’12, SMPTV) worked on the score for Paramount’s new film XXX: Return of Xander Cage, which was released this past January. Wood and Lee served as arrangers on the project, while Lydecker […]


Alumnus Jacques Brautbar featured in KQED’s “Film School Shorts”

January 25, 2017

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumnus Jacques Brautbar (’15, GCRT ’16, Screen Scoring) was recently profiled by “Film School Shorts,” a national series showcasing student filmmakers by San Francisco’s KQED Public Television. In the piece, Brautbar recounts his non-traditional career path and provides valuable insight into the balance between creative artistry and effective collaboration in the […]


Drew Mikuška wins ASCAP Screen Scoring scholarship

December 19, 2016

Drew Mikuška (BM ’14, composition), a graduate student in the USC Thornton Screen Scoring program, was recently honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation with the Betty Rose Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to an exceptional Screen Scoring student who will receive intensive mentorship sessions with a prominent screen […]


USC Thornton comes in at #2 in latest “Hollywood Reporter” ranking

December 9, 2016

The Hollywood Reporter has again named USC Thornton on its list of the top music schools, ranking the school at number two in the world. The article, “Top 25 Music Schools, 2016” makes special mention of Thornton’s cutting-edge Screen Scoring program and its relationship to the Los Angeles music industry. Composer and Screen Scoring faculty […]


“Variety” quotes Patrick Kirst on the evolution of film scoring

November 17, 2016

Screen Scoring faculty member Patrick Kirst was recently quoted by Variety in an article on shifting trends in film scoring. Noting that the “sonic world” is one of the most compelling approaches available to contemporary film composers, Kirst concluded that “the tradition that comes from a pitch-oriented score has been replaced by a sound-oriented world. […]


Alumna Julia Newmann’s “Bones Orchestral Suite” performed live

September 28, 2016

A work by Composition alumna Julia Newmann (BM ’03) was recently performed by a 55-piece orchestra as part of “The Women Who Score: Soundtracks Live.” A collaboration between Grand Performances and The Alliance for Women Film Composers, the event was a celebration of 21 film, television, and videogame scores by female composers. Newmann, who has […]


Alum Toby Sherriff recognized for work on animated film

September 23, 2016

Composer and USC Thornton alumnus Toby Sherriff (GCRT ’15, scoring for motion pictures and television) recently received a SOCAN Foundation Award for his music for Charles Kenhao Mai’s animated film, Parkability. The SOCAN Foundation recognizes Canadian composers aged 30 years or younger for specific musical works in five categories of concert music. Sheriff took 3rd […]


Bear McCreary chats with AXS about his career

September 14, 2016

USC Thornton Composition alumnus Bear McCreary (BM ’02) was interviewed by AXS about his recent projects and his plans for the future. The well-regarded film composer, who received USC Thornton’s 2016 Outstanding Alumnus Award, is currently scoring the final season of “Black Sails” and is looking forward to doing more concert performances in the next […]


Anna Drubich’s “Kaddish” to open Babi-Yar commemoration in Kiev

September 13, 2016

A composition by USC Thornton Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television alumna Anna Drubich (GCRT ’12) will be featured at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Babi-Yar Holocaust massacres in Kiev, Ukraine. Drubich’s Kaddish, an 11-minute concerto for cello, Tibetan singing bowl, timpani, and strings, will feature cellist Evgeny Tonkha as soloist. Drubich […]


Thornton takes center stage in new USC NCAA spot

September 12, 2016

Last week, the University of Southern California debuted its new 2016 institutional TV spot to national audiences during the NCAA football game between the USC Trojans and the University of Alabama. The 30-second spot, which will air throughout the athletic season, highlights the arts USC and features a number of USC Thornton student musicians. close […]


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