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Michael Tilson Thomas

March 10, 2022

Michael Tilson Thomas is music director laureate of the San Francisco Symphony, co-founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony and conductor laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to these posts, he maintains an active presence guest conducting with the major orchestras of Europe and the United States. A two-time alumnus of the… Continue reading Michael Tilson Thomas


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Alex Nickson

February 9, 2022

As senior vice president of television music for DreamWorks Animation, Alex Nickson oversees the musical creative direction for the studio’s rapidly growing slate of original television projects, including content for Netflix, Apple TV+, Peacock, Amazon, Hulu and other leading broadcasters around the world. Some of the most recent series include Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, Gabby’s Dollhouse, The… Continue reading Alex Nickson


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Doug Petty

January 5, 2022

Doug Petty is a pianist, arranger and composer living in Los Angeles. A top call session player, he has recorded and performed with many of today’s biggest artists including Rihanna, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Enrique Iglesias, Tears for Fears, Roseanne Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Westlife and the Backstreet Boys to name just a few.… Continue reading Doug Petty


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Daniel Allas

October 18, 2021

Daniel Allas makes and performs instrumental and electronic music. His recent work researches intermedial forms of performance, critical theory (particularly in relation to colonial studies), and collaborative composition processes. In this work, he has collaborated with classical music groups including ensemble mosaik, wasteLAnd, the LA Philharmonic, Peter Evans and the International Contemporary Ensemble, wild Up,… Continue reading Daniel Allas


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With Risks Come Rewards

September 15, 2021

Dupre’s passion and determination were recognized this year with a pair of Emmy nominations for her work mixing the Disney+ series “WandaVision.”


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Two Screen Scoring alums take home 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

September 13, 2021

Ludwig Göransson (GCRT ’08) won his second Emmy for his work on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian,” with Carlos Rafael Rivera (DMA ’10) earning his second Emmy with a win for “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix.


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Joshua Wilson

September 9, 2021

Major: Popular Music Performance (Vocal) Minor: Business Graduation year: 2024 Hometown: Missouri City, TX USC Organizations: Black Student Assembly, Alpha Lambda Delta, Student Alumni Society Hashtag to describe yourself: #CutFromADifferentCloth Favorite place on campus: USC Village Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far. Being able to collaborate musically with my classmates for our year-end… Continue reading Joshua Wilson


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Elizabeth Wei

September 9, 2021

Major: Violin Performance; Applied Computational Mathematics Graduation year: 2023 Hometown: Frisco, TX USC Organizations: Undergraduate Research, Thornton Community Engagement Program, USC Performing Arts Committee Hashtag to describe yourself: #ForeverFoodie Favorite place on campus: USC Village  Describe your favorite USC Thornton experience so far. My favorite USC Thornton experience has been playing in the Eastwood Scoring… Continue reading Elizabeth Wei


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Jacqueline Rasmussen

September 9, 2021

Major: Piano Performance Minor: Education and Society Graduation year: 2023 Hometown: Twin Falls, ID USC Organizations: Thornton Community Engagement Program, USC Student Symphony Orchestra, USC Transfer Student Community Hashtag to describe yourself: #creativityforcommunity Favorite place on campus: Newman Recital Hall. I had my audition there, and it was such a gorgeous hall! Describe your favorite… Continue reading Jacqueline Rasmussen


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Maria McMillan

September 9, 2021

Major: Popular Music Performance (Keyboard) Minor: Music Industry Graduation year: 2023 Hometown: Boulder, CO USC Organizations: Helenes, Troy Camp, Thornton Community Engagement, Student Worker at Grand Library Hashtag to describe yourself: #tritone Favorite place on campus: I love walking down Trousdale through the middle of campus. Doheny, Bovard and just that whole area is beautiful.… Continue reading Maria McMillan