Jeanine Cowen discusses her work during an interview on CBS Sunday Morning.

USC Thornton on CBS Sunday Morning

By Deanna Gasparyan

Photo of professor Jeanine Cowen discussing her work during an on-camera interview.
February 5th, 2023: USC Thornton Screen Scoring program chair Jeanine Cowen interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning by correspondent Conor Knighton in USC’s Newman Hall. (Screenshot courtesy of CBS Sunday Morning / @CBSSundayMorning YouTube channel)

USC Thornton faculty and students were featured in two CBS Sunday Morning specials during the spring 2023 semester.

In a whirlwind month of media appearances, CBS Sunday Morning visited USC Thornton for the second time to film a national television feature on the history of love songs. The Valentine’s Day special, which aired on February 12, featured an interview with host David Pogue and Thornton Musicology program faculty member Nate Sloan about the makings of a great love song. They discussed how songs new and old tap into this universal emotion and become timeless. The Valentine’s Day special was made complete with a playlist of Nate Sloan’s favorite love songs, released on USC Thornton’s official Spotify page.

The segment also included a performance by Thornton’s early music ensemble, the Baroque Sinfonia, led by faculty member Adam Knight Gilbert. Students Robert Wang, Mana Azimi, Luis Lechuga-Espadas and Alejandro Acosta revived a 500-year-old Spanish love song in honor of Valentine’s Day. 

Photo of early music instrumentalists performing on stage in concert attire for CBS Sunday Morning specials.
February 12th, 2023: USC Thornton’s early music ensemble Baroque Sinfonia performs a Renaissance-era Spanish love song on CBS Sunday Morning. (Screenshot courtesy of CBS Sunday Morning / @CBSSundayMorning YouTube channel)

A week prior, CBS Sunday Morning aired an interview about video game music with Jeanine Cowen, new director of the Screen Scoring program, and longtime faculty member Garry Schyman. They discussed a new category in the 65th Annual Grammy Awards: Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media. Thornton alumni Bear McCreary (’02) and Austin Wintory (’07) were nominated in this category.

February 5th, 2023: USC Thornton’s Screen Scoring program is featured in a look at the inaugural nominees for the Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media Grammy Award. (Screenshot courtesy of CBS Sunday Morning / @CBSSundayMorning YouTube channel)
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