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Jacob Yoffee

Jacob Yoffee (MM 2011)

Currently the Resident Composer for the American Studio Orchestra, Jacob Yoffee is an award winning saxophonist and concert and film composer based in Los Angeles. In addition to scoring dozens of films and TV shows, Jacob composes trailer music for blockbuster films such as Aladdin (2019), Ready Player One, and Rogue One. His concert music has been performed in the US and Great Britain at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, at the Royal Academy of Music, and on BBC Radio. Watch In The Studio - Composing With Jacob Yoffee.

Dara Taylor

Dara Taylor (MM 2011)

Dara Taylor is a Sundance Institute alumna and Hollywood Music In Media Award-winning composer for film and television based in Los Angeles. She has composed music for a wide variety of Independent thrillers, dramas, and comedies such as Colewell and Turner Risk, and has contributed additional music and score production for large studio productions like A Bad Mom's Christmas, Shaft, Amazon's The Boys, Netflix's Lost in Space, and more. Dara is also an Industry Relations committee member for the Composers Diversity Collective.

Jonathan Hartman

Jonathan Hartman (MM 2008)

Emmy-nominated composer Jonathan Hartman moved to LA shortly after graduating from NYU where he assisted composer John Ottman (Xmen, Superman Returns). Hartman has gone on to score TV shows and games, breaking into the scene with his contributions to the first season of Outlander. In 2020, his work on DARK/WEB (Amazon Prime) was nominated for the Daytime Emmy awards for "Outstanding Music Direction & Composition for a Drama or Digital Drama Series.” Also in 2020, he scored Angels of Death, Games Workshop's first animated series. His original soundtrack for the project appeared on the top one hundred on iTunes Albums in June 2020. IMDB

Ariel Marx

Ariel Marx (MM 2015)

As a film composer, Ariel Marx’s scores have premiered in films at Sundance, TIFF, SXSW, Tribeca, Woodstock, and Criterion Channel, as well as Amazon, Netflix, Quibi, and HBO. Ariel is also a Sundance Film Music and Sound Design Lab fellow. Her work include scores for the Emmy nominated, Golden Globe nominated, and Independent Spirit Award nominated Sundance / HBO film The Tale, (directed by Jennifer Fox, and starring Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, Common, and John Heard) and the Independent Spirit Award nominated To Dust (directed by Shawn Snyder and starring Géza Röhrig and Matthew Broderick), which won the Best New Narrative Director and Narrative Audience Awards at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Recently, Ariel completed her score for Amazon’s limited series Ted Bundy: Falling For A Killer.

Forest Christenson

Forest Christenson (MM 2012)

Forest Christenson is a composer and score engineer based in LA whose scoring and score engineering work includes blockbuster/award winning films such as Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, Aquaman, Abominable, Wonder Woman, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain America: Civil War, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Kong: Skull Island. He has also worked on the musical scores for television series including Emmy-winners The Crown, Planet Earth II, and The Alienist. IMDB

Jennifer Rowekamp

Jennifer Rowekamp (MM 2018)

Jennifer Rowekamp is a composer and music editor based in San Francisco, CA, and is currently working as an Associate Music Editor at Pixar Animation Studios. Jennifer has worked as an assistant at Cinesamples and to media composer Jeff Russo. She has also written music for podcasts by Gen-Z Media such as Treasure Island 2020, which was a 2019 Peabody nominee.

Alexander Bornstein

Alexander Bornstein (MM 2011)

Alexander Bornstein is an LA composer whose recent work includes his original score for Netflix’s Transformers: War for Cybertron. He has also contributed additional music to shows like Marvel's Agent Carter, Lost in Space, The Boys, and Supernatural.

Herdís Stefánsdóttir

Herdís Stefánsdóttir (MM 2017)

Originally from Reykjavík, Iceland, Herdís Stefánsdóttir lives between LA and Reykjavik, where she works as a composer. Her scoring work includes The Sun Is Also A Star, the HBO series We’re Here, and additional music for The Hate U Give. Her score for The Sun Is Also A Star was nominated for The Icelandic Music Awards. Herdís interned for the Oscar nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson in Berlin while he was working on the film Arrival (2016) and has scored numerous short films that have premiered at top-tier festivals around the world such as Berlinale, TIFF, Sundance, and Palm Springs International Film Festival.