Screen Scoring

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The USC Thornton Screen Scoring program is widely recognized as one of the world’s finest for musical composition in visual media. With a faculty comprised of working professionals in the film, television and video-game industries, and with a legacy that includes such luminaries as Buddy Baker, Elmer Bernstein, Bruce Broughton, Jerry Goldsmith, Morten Lauridsen, David Raksin, and Jack Smalley, the Screen Scoring program offers its participants unrivaled practical experience and industry connections.

Partnered with the USC School for Cinematic Arts, the Screen Scoring program provides student composers the unique opportunity to collaborate with student filmmakers and game designers in creating music for more than 100 annual film and game projects. Additionally, as part of their course work, student composers record 8-10 scoring projects with professional musicians and engineers on Hollywood-area scoring stages.

Many notable USC Thornton alumni have been honored with Oscar, Golden Globe, Bafta, Emmy, and/or Grammy nominations and awards, including Christophe Beck, Marco Beltrami, James Horner, James Newton Howard, Bear McCreary, David Newman, John Nordstrom, and current faculty members Daniel Carlin, Laura Karpman, Garry Schyman, Lawrence Shragge, and Chris Young.

For an in-depth look at the program, please visit the dedicated Screen Scoring Website.

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Alumnus Gabriel DiMarco excels as composer and musician

April 21, 2017

USC Thornton Screen Scoring alumnus Gabriel DiMarco (GCRT ’14, scoring for motion pictures and television) won Best Score for the feature film, Children of the Mountain, at the 2016 Ghana Movie Awards in Accra, Ghana. Described as “moving” by Daniel Glenn of Film Forward, DiMarco’s score reinforces the emotional journey… read more

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