CINE: Here are The Winner and Runners Up for The 2018 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest- Youth Category! CONGRATULATIONS!
Winner: Daniel DiMarino
First Runner Up: Benjamin Henault
Second Runner Up: Cameron Moody
WINNER: DANIEL DIMARINO:
Owen J. Roberts High School / Pottstown, PA, USA
Daniel DiMarino began his formal musical training at the age of 6, first on piano, and then two years later, on. By age 8, he had composed his first musical composition, which surprisingly, was scored for full orchestra! Daniel’s love for musical composition and his skill in the craft grew steadily over the next several years, and by the age of 12, his first composition was accepted for publication. He began his formal study of composition at age 13. He finds himself most at home composing within modern classical genres or cinematic works for full orchestra. Daniel was the winner of the 2017 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Composition Contest and had his winning composition “Temptations” premiered by the All-National orchestra, in which he also performed as a violinist. He also was selected as a winner of the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (PMEA) Composition Contest, High School division, in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and has performed with PMEA District, Region, and State orchestras and choirs, as well as the NAfME All-Eastern orchestra. Daniel is a graduating senior at Owen J. Roberts High School, located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He will be attending the Cleveland Institute of Music in the Fall of 2018, as a double major in Composition and Violin Performance. Daniel DiMarino.
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FIRST RUNNER UP: BENJAMIN HENAULT
Lafayette High School / Lexington, KY, USA
Ben Henault is a 17 year old composer for both concert and film music in Lexington, Kentucky. His inspirations come from the music philosophies and aesthetics of Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Hans Zimmer, and many others. Ben will be graduating from Lafayette High School and is pursuing Music and New Media at the University of Louisville next fall. BEN HENAULT
SECOND RUNNER UP: CAMERON MOODY
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School / Cambridge, MA, USA
Cameron James Moody is currently a sophomore at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, he maintains a 4.0 GPA, having made the Dean’s Honor Roll List each semester since freshman year. Aside from academics, Cameron is involved in a plethora of extracurriculars. He is the lead trumpeter in his school’s Big Band Jazz Ensemble and played on his school’s Freshman and Junior Varsity basketball teams. In addition to the trumpet, Cameron plays the drums and the piano. His love for music took root at a very young age. Cameron attributes his exposure to music to watching Drumline as a young child. However, he notes that watching Star Wars at age 5 marks the moment he fell in love with music. His favorite composer is John Williams. He is also heavily influenced by Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat and the Gregson-Williams brothers, and so many others. According to Cameron, “All of them have their own style. I feel that listening to a wide range of composers can do nothing but good things for me in developing my own sound. While listening to John Williams was the initial spark, my interests have expanded as I explore the vast world of film scoring, picking apart techniques of some of the greats.” Cameron aspires to be one of the most well-known composers of his generation. He hopes to win an Oscar for Best Original Score one day. He is constantly motivated by his ultimate goal of scoring movies and will not be deterred until he achieves it. He has begun taking steps towards it, competing in the 2018 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Competition, as well as smaller competitions throughout the year. He is looking to thicken his portfolio in preparation for applying to film school.
CONGRATUALTIONS TO THE WINNER AND RUNNERS UP!
Acknowledging our distinguished Jurors:
Our Distinguished Jury is an accomplished group of screen-music professionals who have produced exceptional work. We are grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise, and for their commitment to helping us honor emerging composers.
Composer and Chair of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music
Composer, music supervisor and Director of Programs in Film Scoring and Songwriting at NYU Steinhardt
Composer, conductor, arranger and area leader in the Composition for Screen program at the Royal College of Music
Emmy Award-winning composer (Batman Beyond)
George S. Clinton
Multiple BMI-award-winning composer and Emmy nominee
Emmy Award-winning music editor, supervisor, conductor and Director of Screen Scoring at University of Southern California