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Notable Composition Alumni

  • Billy Childs

    ’79, composition

    Multiple Grammy Award Winner
  • Bruce Broughton

    ’67, composition

    Emmy Award-winning Film Composer
  • Frank Campo

    ’50, MA ’53, DMA ’68, composition

    Professor of Composition, California State University Northridge
  • Donald Crockett

    ’74, MM ’76, composition

    Chair, USC Thornton Department of Composition; Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs
  • Tom Flaherty

    DMA ’93, composition (Composition/Cello)

    Professor of Music, Pomona College
  • Eric Guinivan

    MM ’08, DMA ’11, composition

    BMI, ASCAP and NYYS First Music Award winner
  • Vincent Ho

    DMA ’05, composition

    Composer in Residence, Winnipeg Symphony
  • James Horner

    ’74, composition

    Academy Award-winning film composer
  • Veronika Krausas

    Veronika Krausas

    DMA ’01, composition

    USC Thornton Associate Professor of Practice in Composition
  • Ian Krouse

    MM ’86, DMA ’88, composition (Composition/Classical Guitar)

    Professor of Theory and Composition, UCLA
  • Morten Lauridsen

    ’66, MA ’68, DMA ’74, composition

    National Medal of Arts recipient; USC Distinguished Professor of Composition
  • Frederick Lesemann

    DMA ’72, composition

    USC Thornton Professor of Composition
  • Vince Mendoza

    MM ’85, composition (Composition/Arranging/Conducting)

    Multiple Grammy Award winner
  • Erica Muhl

    DMA ’91, composition

    Former USC Thornton Professor of Composition; Dean, USC Roski School of Fine Arts
  • Roger Neill

    ’86, composition

    Academy Award-winning film composer
  • David Newman

    ’76, MM ’82, violin

    Distinguished film composer
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    Thomas Newman

    Non-degreed alumnus, composition

    Distinguished film composer
  • Donald Grantham

    DMA ’80, composition

    Professor of Composition, University of Texas at Austin
  • Andrew Norman

    ’02, piano, MM ’04, composition

    USC Thornton Assistant Professor of Composition
  • P.Q. Phan

    ’87, composition

    Associate Professor of Composition, Indiana University
  • Robert X. Rodriguez

    DMA ’74, composition

    Professor of Composition, University of Texas at Dallas; Compositions performed by New York City Opera, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony
  • Marienne Uszler

    Non-degreed alumna (Theory and Composition)

    Former Professor of Piano Pedagogy, USC Thornton School of Music; Editor, Piano and Keyboard
  • Andrew York

    ’86, guitar (Composition/Classical Guitar)

    Founding member, LA Guitar Quartet, Grammy Award winner