Music Industry News from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

"320 Festival May 8-10"

New York Times highlights 320 Festival in weekend of live streamed events

May 8, 2020

The New York Times featured the 320 Festival in its roundup of the weekend’s top events to view live online. The festival kicks off today, May 8, for three days of music performances and educational sessions about mental health and the arts. For two semesters, students of USC Thornton’s Music Industry program have been hard […]


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Polina Cherezova publishes feature on Conrad Tao

April 13, 2020

USC Thornton Master’s student Polina Cherezova talked with pianist Conrad Tao ahead of his Power to the People! festival concert with the LA Phil. The feature was published on the LA Phil’s Watch & Listen home page. “Conrad Tao, the internationally acclaimed composer-pianist, lives in an imaginative cosmos of his own, where vulnerability reigns,” Cherezova wrote. […]


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Daily Trojan highlights Live! From Somewhere performance series

March 31, 2020

The Daily Trojan, USC’s student-led newspaper, recently highlighted USC Thornton’s new video series, Live! From Somewhere. The series was launched on March 16 in response to recent closures and event cancellations, and as the school’s artists have looked for ways to continue making music while social distancing. Live! From Somewhere presents homemade performances by Thornton […]


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Austin Wintory details artistic process behind “Journey” score in new video

November 27, 2019

Composition alum Austin Wintory (BM ’07) discusses the turbulent but rewarding creative process behind his score of the popular video game “Journey” in a recent video from Polygon. Wintory is an accomplished video game composer whose scores often earn their own fanbase. His score for “Journey” is no different. It debuted on the Billboard charts […]


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Austin Wintory scores new game “John Wick Hex”

October 15, 2019

Composition alum Austin Wintory (’07) has composed the music of “John Wick Hex,” a new video game based on the popular John Wick movie series. Wintory is best known for his GRAMMY-nominated score for the game “Journey” and his score for “Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.” Lionsgate and game developer Bithell Games made the announcement of Wintory’s […]


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Thornton-born duo VOILÀ makes music for, and stars in, Netflix’s Tall Girl

October 14, 2019

Music Industry alum Gus Ross (’18) and non-degreed alum Luke Eisner first started music duo VOILÀ in their USC dorm rooms, and now their song “Stand Tall” is featured in Netflix’s original movie “Tall Girl.” After reading the script the duo was inspired to rework their track “Stand Tall” for the movie, and have “Tall […]


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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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Carly Rose discusses reality TV past and upcoming E.P. on Spectrum News

September 27, 2019

Music Industry student Carly Rose recently appeared on Spectrum News to talk about her latest single and upcoming debut E.P. Rose released her first single “Birds & Bees” in June and made waves with her indie-pop talent. She plans to release her full E.P. in 2020. “Birds & Bees” isn’t Rose’s first musical breakthrough. Her […]


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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 […]


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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