Film Scoring Faculty: Mark Suozzo

Film Scoring Faculty: Mark Suozzo

Visiting Associate Professor Mark Suozzo is an accomplished and versatile composer and arranger. He has performed as a guitarist; written for and produced pop, jazz, and R&B sessions; and orchestrated for theater and the concert hall. But the core of his work is as a composer for film and television.

Mr. Suozzo has been especially active in independent film, both features and documentaries. He scored Whit Stillman’s coming-of-age trilogy Metropolitan (Oscar nominee for screenplay), Barcelona, and The Last Days of Disco; Bob Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s American Splendor (Oscar nominee for screenplay) and The Nanny Diaries, as well as their documentaries Off the Menu, The Young and the Dead, and Wanderlust; and Mary Harron’s The Notorious Bettie Page.

His TV documentary scores include the Oscar nominees Why Can’t We Be A Family Again and Sound and Fury, both for PBS, and Unknown Soldier and I Have Tourettes, But Tourettes Doesn’t Have Me for HBO. He wrote additional music and orchestrations for the miniseries Aftershock and the Hallmark Musical Bye Bye Birdie, both for CBS. His music has been part of the Summer Olympics (1996) and the Goodwill Games (1998).

Mr. Suozzo arranged and conducted strings for Creed's Grammy-winning number one hit, With Arms Wide Open, and has arranged for many performers including Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Reba McIntire, Liliias White, and Jaheim.

His orchestrations and arrangements for the New York Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Skitch Henderson, have been heard in numerous Carnegie Hall performances and recordings. His concert compositions include works for jazz orchestra and small bands, voice and piano, clarinet and piano, string trio and quartets, and chorus with orchestra. 

He holds a B.A. from Columbia and an M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, and he participated in the Eastman School of Music’s Arrangers Holiday Program. He has studied with Jack Beeson, Ludmilla Ulehla, Rayburn Wright and Manny Albam.