Celebrating Morten Lauridsen – Freshman Theory & Film Scoring

Freshman Theory & Film Scoring

Despite being one of the most sought-after instructors among advanced Composition students at USC Thornton, Morten Lauridsen still devotes time each year to teach a class in freshman music theory. In the seventh video of our series, the esteemed composer explains how teaching freshmen has shaped his experience as a professor at USC.

Lauridsen also recalls how the USC Thornton film scoring program, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV), was born, and how it has since flourished.


In this revealing series, Lauridsen will discuss his student days at USC, the inspiration he draws from the quiet of his simple retreat on Washington’s Waldron Island, the influence of poetry in his music, and his relationship with USC Thornton, both as a faculty member and three-time alumnus. Lauridsen also offers an intimate glimpse into the creation of some of his most beloved pieces, including “O Magnum Mysterium” and “Sure on this Shining Night.”

To view the full archive of videos, click here.