Selected Alumni Bios

Michael G. Shapiro

Michael G. Shapiro (M.A., 1994, Music Composition) is a composer living in Los Angeles, where he writes music for film, television, and multimedia. His feature film credits include Home Room (starring Erika Christensen, Busy Phillips, and Victor Garber), which was released theatrically in 2003; and the indy drama All Over Again (starring Robert Loggia and Craig T. Nelson). Michael's music has also appeared on NBC, Fox Broadcasting, and the Travel Channel. He recently recorded a score for the upcoming computer game "Empire Earth II" with an orchestra and chorus in Budapest, and a number of live ethnic instrumental soloists in Hollywood.

Following his studies at NYU, Michael attended the film scoring program at the University of Southern California, participated in the ASCAP Film Scoring Seminar, and studied privately with a number of Hollywood orchestrators. From 1997 to 2002 Michael was audio director for Boston-based Zoesis Studios, where he composed electronic and live symphonic scores for a number of game projects, as well as designed an interactive music system that allows music to mirror the plot twists and character emotions in an interactive story.

You can hear samples of Michael's music at Michael misses New York City, but has to admit there's something to be said for subtropical weather.