Selected Alumni Bios

Patrick Kirst

Patrick Kirst (M.A., Music Composition, 2002) has composed music for over 40 short,feature, and documentary films.  He began his musical journey with study at the Music Conservatory in Karlsruhe, Germany. He was awarded a national grant to conduct research on the perception of film music.  A full scholarship from Rotary International launched his professional career abroad where he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston prior to coming to NYU Steinhardt as a master’s student in Music Composition.

He recently worked for Aaron Zigman on Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, starring Dustin Hoffmann and Natalie Portman, and Sex and the City: the Movie.  An avid supporter of independent filmmaking, Patrick's most recent feature Sweet Thing was accepted into the Seattle film festival in 2008.  In addition, he scored the short film Have You Ever Heard About Vukovar? which was screened at both the Aspen and Tribeca film festivals.

Patrick serves on the music composition faculty of USC's Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Department.