Screen Scoring News from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Emily Cooley

Emily Cooley and Sturdivant Adams awarded 2020 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards

June 20, 2020

USC Thornton Composition alum Emily Cooley (MM ’14) and Screen Scoring alum Sturdivant Adams (MM ’19) have both been awarded the 2020 Morton Gould Young Composer Award. The national juried competition honors composers of original, classical concert music under the age of 30. Cooley received the award in recognition of her piece titled “Dissolve.” Adams […]


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Thornton faculty and alumni join MusiCares relief benefit

June 18, 2020

USC Thornton faculty members and alumni are among the many artists and composers contributing their talents to “Soundtrack of Our Lives: A Celebration for the Film & TV Music Community,” an online benefit show for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Screen Scoring alum Jongnic Bontemps (GCRT ’12), Composition alumni Austin Wintory (BM ’07) and Michael […]


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Ludwig Göransson writes and produces on new Childish Gambino album

April 28, 2020

Screen Scoring alum Ludwig Göransson (GC ’08) wrote and produced on the new Childish Gambino album 3.15.20, working with Donald Glover and other producers on tracks such as “Time,” featuring Ariana Grande. Göransson and Glover first worked together on the NBC television show “Community,” and have since been long-time collaborators. The pair took home two […]


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Andrew Prahlow nominated for BAFTA Games Award

March 4, 2020

Screen Scoring alum Andrew Prahlow’s (GCRT ’11) soundtrack of the video game “Outer Wilds” has been nominated for a 2020 BAFTA Games Award. The nomination follows other recent nods for the game’s music, including a Golden Joystick Award nomination for Best Audio and a Jerry Goldsmith Award nomination for Best Score. Prahlow’s music for the […]


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Raphaël Dargent featured in ABC6 News story

February 12, 2020

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alum Raphaël Dargent (MM ’19), known as PHAR, was recently featured on ABC6 News in a story about his career as a film composer. Originally from Paris, PHAR pursued a career in business before deciding to follow his passion for music and move to Los Angeles to earn his master’s in […]


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Ludwig Göransson featured on new single from Vargas and Lagola

February 10, 2020

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alum Ludwig Göransson (GC ’08) is featured on a new single from Swedish songwriters and producers Vargas & Lagola, titled “Somebody That Understands Me.” The ‘80s rock-inspired song includes an extended guitar solo by Göransson, who’s most known for his GRAMMY and Oscar-winning work as a producer and composer. Vargas & […]


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Angela Little talks Screen Scoring with Spectrum News

February 6, 2020

Screen Scoring alum Angela Little (MM ’19) was featured on Spectrum News this week, discussing how making the move to Los Angeles to attend USC Thornton helped propel her career as a composer. Originally from Australia, Little knew USC Thornton’s reputation and connection to the industry would bring her closer to her goal of becoming […]


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Thomas Newman receives Oscar nomination for “1917” score

January 17, 2020

USC Thornton Board of Councilors member and award-winning composer Thomas Newman has been nominated for an Oscar in the category of “Music (Original Score)” for his score of the World War I film “1917”. Newman faced a unique challenge scoring “1917,” which was shot to appear as one continuous take, at an unrelenting pace. The […]


Laura Karpman

Laura Karpman composes music for concert celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage

January 13, 2020

Laura Karpman, USC Thornton Screen Scoring faculty member and Emmy-winning composer, will debut a new composition on Jan. 18 at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s “…When there are nine,” a production celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. Karpman and her collaborator, librettist Kelley Rourke, composed the song cycle “And Still We Dream” […]


Remembering Jack Smalley

January 9, 2020

Jack Smalley, one of the founding faculty members of USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program, died on Dec. 30 at his home in Studio City. He was 92. Having served and helped shape the Screen Scoring program for over 30 years, Smalley retired in 2015. He began his musical career as a jazz bassist performing in […]


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