Scoring for Film and Multimedia

Brian May Scholarship

JOSEPH TWIST: Brian May Scholar, 2012-2014

Joe Twist's eclectic experience as a composer, arranger and musician has involved vocal and instrumental concert music, as well as jazz and film music. He is the recipient of the Brian May Scholarship and has recently relocated to New York to study Scoring for Film and Multimedia at New York University. He currently holds three tertiary degrees in music composition from the University of Queensland and the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Sydney, including a Doctor of Philosophy.

As an arranger and orchestrator of film scores and live concerts, Twist's work has included arrangements for The Wiggles, David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Gondwana Choirs, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. His concert works are currently published by Morton Music in Australia and Hinshaw Music in the United States and his works feature on several CDs including the premiere recording of Rain Dream for ABC Classics. Twist has received numerous awards, including the Chanticleer International Composition Competition and first place in the 15th International Choral Festival "Days of Sacred Music Cro Patria" Composition Competition 2011. His compositions have been commissioned and performed throughout Australia and internationally by many esteemed ensembles such as the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Gondwana Voices, The Song Company, Sydney Chamber Choir, The Australian Voices, Collusion, the Southern Cross Soloists, and Chanticleer. Among his film work is the score to Brendon McDonall's acclaimed short film, The Law, with screenings at the Dungog Film Festival, Sydney Children's Festival, and Flickerfest.

Joe is currently studying with NYU Film Scoring Composer-in-Residence, Ira Newborn.

: Brian May Scholar, 2010-2012


Nicole Brady, composer and pianist, was awarded the initial BRIAN MAY SCHOLARSHIP in FILM SCORING. Nicole has worked on a range of diverse projects around the world. Her compositions have been performed by prominent artists such as the Orchestra of Vienna, Sean Wayland, Dama-Dama, Bohuslav Martinu Orchestra, Jackson Harrison Trio, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and Moravian Philharmonic.  As a pianist, she has also toured Europe in solo recitals through such organizations as Bosendorfer and the Austrian Contemporary Music Society.

As a film composer, Nicole has scored numerous films, including the Australian Feature Film Next door to the Velinsky's and the animation Sneeze Me Away, which won the 2010 Park City Film Music Festival Gold Medal Jury Award for Excellence in Music.

Nicole has collaborated with many prominent film composers in the joint role of lead orchestrator/arranger and soundtrack producer. Some of these projects include the Studio Gonzo anime Romeo x Juliet (Columbia Pictures Records), the Sony Pictures anime Valkyria Chronicles and video games such as Tactics Ogre (Square Enix), Tekken 6 (Bandai Namco), Valkyria Chronicles I, II and III (SEGA), Deltora Quest (Bandai Namco). In addition to soundtrack recordings, Nicole has received commissions worldwide for concerts featuring her arrangements of film music, and she served as the composer and arranger of the Eminence Symphony for six years.  

Nicole, currently a student of Ira Newborn, graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the Winifred Elizabeth Nerious award for the top graduating piano recital.

 Brian May Scholarship

The Brian May Scholarship in Film Scoring has been established at NYU's Steinhardt School Dept. of Music and Performing Arts Professions, reflecting the will of the late Brian May, Australia's leading film composer.  May, who passed away on April 25, 1997, composed more than 30 feature film scores, including GallipoliNightmare on Elm Street, and Mad Max which won the Australian Film Award for Best Original Score.  Brian May was passionate about supporting and promoting the art of film composition in Australia.  The scholarship, established in his honor, is intended to be awarded every two years, assisting promising Australian film composers (ordinarily resident in Australia) to study film scoring at a world leading education facility. Valued at $35,000 per academic year, the Brian May Scholarship will be paid as a contribution to the cost of the successful candidate undertaking the Masters of Music Degree in Scoring for Film and Multimediaat NYU Steinhardt. 

Ron Sadoff, Associate Professor and Director of NYU Film Scoring noted, "We are absolutely delighted that the Brian May Scholarship has found its home at NYU Steinhardt.  I applaud Brian May Trustees Rob French and Bill Vanderstaay for their thoughtful and enduring efforts that have now brought this marvelous opportunity to fruition."  In tandem with the leadership of the Department's Director Emeritus, Professor Lawrence Ferrara, and Department Director, Dr. Robert Rowe, the program in Scoring for Film and Multimedia provides a broad-based curriculum and intensive professional training in film scoring. 

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