Screen Scoring News from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Alexis Marsh and Samuel Jones

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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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