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Film Scoring Students

Very often, our students will begin their successful careers while still enrolled in the program. Here is a brief showcase of the most recent accomplishments of some of our current students.


James Newberry Scores Bandito, a 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Select

Current student James Newberry wrote the score for the Tisch short film, Bandito, which was been accepted into the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. 

James Newberry is an experienced percussionist and has studied with Paul Campiglia, Dr. David Morris, Ji Hye Jung, Gwen Burgett, Bruce Golden, Tom Freer, and Bill Ransom since 2009. James was section percussion with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2011 and has performed in numerous recitals and chamber ensembles in Georgia and Ohio. James entered the NYU Film Scoring program in 2014 and has scored numerous films with NYC collaborators since his move to the Big Apple. 

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Robert Randazzo Wins 2014 ASCAP Vic Mizzy Award

Current student Robert Randazzo was selected as a winner of the Vic Mizzy Scholarship, an annual award given to assist a deserving graduate student of Film & Television scoring at New York University's Steinhardt School

Rob is a film, multimedia, and concert composer from Brooklyn, New York. He won the 2014 NYU Film Scoring Competition, and is currently composing the score for the documentary Under the Mango Tree. His eclectic musical tastes and passion for storytelling greatly influence the character of his scores. A multi-instrumentalist performer and pedagogue, Robert’s musical life extends beyond his role as a composer. 

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Ariel Marx Selected as Composer for the Columbia/ASCAP Workshop

Current student Ariel Marx was selected as one of five composers to participate in the 2015 ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop. Each composer/filmmaker team records a professional score at MSR studios in Manhattan.

Ariel Marx is an NYC-based composer for film and multimedia. She has scored over 20 short films and two features. Ariel draws from many different genres but specializes in minimal and atmospheric textures and often combines orchestral and folk instruments with electronics to create unique worlds of sound. 

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 Sean Shinwon Kim Wins 2014 CAIFF Scoring Competition

Current student Sean Shinwon Kim's score for the short film, Virus, was selected as winner at the 2014 California Independent Film Festival.

Sean Shinwon Kim is a composer, arranger, conductor, pianist and sound engineer from Seoul, South Korea. In addition to his work on films, Sean has collaborated with theCzech Prague Studio Symphony Orchestra, Mikihiko Matsumiya, Ulf Wakenius, Young Joo Song, Martin Taylor, and more. Sean has also 

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Neil Quillen Scores Documentary Reel with Bob Sacha

Current student Neil Quillen is now working with documentarian Bob Sacha. Neil was introduced to Bob in our Scoring for Film and Multimedia Class, where Bob was a presenting guest. This is a great example of the professional networking opportunities our Film Scoring program offers our emerging composers. 

Neil Quillen is a versatile young composer with a unique stylistic approach often featuring a fantasy-like curiosity and modalities reminiscent of world folk traditions.

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Jordi Nus, Meng-Mei Kuo and Robert Randazzo Win SCL Mentorship

Current students Jordi Nus, Meng-Mei Kuo and Robert Randazzo win the SCL MentorshipDuring the course of the three month program, the mentees have the opportunity to interface extensively with working composers and a wide variety of professionals who generously volunteer their time and expertise to introduce the mentees to many aspects of the profession of scoring in a variety of media and genres.

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Meng-Mei Kuo

Jordi Nus 

Robert Randazzo