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With a passion for music and collaboration, Catherine Joy is a composer for film, media and live performance. She won Best Documentary Score for the uplifting feature documentary Gold Balls. She recently scored the documentary Naughty Books (Hulu) which features narration by Aisha Tyler, Allison Tolman and Aimee Garcia, and resulted in an ASCAP Composers Choice Award nomination. Her latest narrative feature, Potato Dreams Of America which had its world premiere at SXSW 2021 is currently in theaters and will be streaming by Feb 2022. She then scored the documentary Prognosis: Notes on Living about the final journey of Oscar-winning social justice filmmaker, Debra Chasnoff. Catherine was also the score producer and lead orchestrator on the Oscar-nominated score for “Minari.” 

Most recently she scored the award-winning short doc animation series There's No 'I' In Island (Screen Australia). She then was awarded the New Music USA Reel Change grant for her score for documentary Women In The Front Seat, directed by Indy Saini. Catherine is the founder and CEO of Joy Music House, a full service score production company and the President for the Alliance for Women Film Composers.


Currently teaching:

MPATC-GE 2024 Seminar in Composition: Advanced Scoring Toolkit



An Interview with Catherine Joy



Screen Scoring

Learn to write music for today’s media industry through rigorous course work, collaborations with schools throughout NYU, and recording opportunities.

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