Alumni News from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

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 […]

Billy Childs to headline festival in New Zealand

April 30, 2019

Billy Childs ’79, a GRAMMY Award-winning artist and USC Thornton alumnus, will headline the 24th annual New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival on June 1. He will perform with his quartet alongside Dayna Stephens on saxophone, bassist Alex Boneham and drummer Christian Euman. The five-day, 26-show festival is one of New Zealand’s longest-running music […]

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Andrew Harley appointed Director of Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at Eastman

April 18, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Andrew Harley (DMA ’97) recently was appointed the Director of Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at Eastman School of Music. After earning degrees at Oxford University and the Royal Northern College of Music, Harley arrived at USC to study piano with USC Thornton Professor Emeritus John Perry. While on campus he also […]

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Saad Haddad chosen as New Young Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence

April 9, 2019

Last month, Young Concert Artists (YCA) announced USC Thornton Composition alumnus Saad Haddad ’14 as the 2019-2021 Young Concert Artist Composer-in-Residence. As the 12th composer to receive this honor, Haddad will receive management services, publicity and two Young Concert Artist commissions that will premiere at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center in […]

Victor Labenske commissioned by MTNA

March 14, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Victor Labenske was commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) to write a chamber work for intermediate level players. The work, “A Walk Through the Valley,” published by Alfred Music, will be premiered at the MTNA National Conference in Spokane, Wash. on March 17, 2019.

Shani Rose’s song in the finals of the 2019 Romanian National Eurovision Selection

March 14, 2019

Thornton alumna Shani Rose (’10, MM ’11) was featured in the finals of the 2019 Romanian National Eurovision selection, for her song “Right Now,” performed by artist Olivier Kaye. Co-written by herself, Ovi Jacobsen (who placed third in the 2010 International Eurovision), and Rasmus Bosse, “Right Now” was released by German label CAP-Sounds in February […]

USC Thornton faculty and alumnus collaborate for world premiere with LACO

March 13, 2019

On March 23 and 24, Jeffrey Kahane, Professor of Keyboard Studies at USC Thornton, will return to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to conduct the world premiere of GRAMMY Award-winning composer and Thornton alumnus James Newton Howard’s cello concerto, When we were One. The performance, which features USC Thornton Strings faculty member Andrew Shulman on cello […]

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 […]

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Two Thornton Alumni recognized for Video Game Scoring

February 28, 2019

Two USC Thornton alumni ranked in the top five of Film Music Media‘s list of the best video game scores of 2018. Bear McCreary ’02 earned the second spot for his score for God of War while Austin Wintory ’07 came in fourth for The Banner Saga 3.

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