CINE: Here are The Finalists for The 2018 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest- Youth Category! Winners will be announced June 26th!
The winners of the Marvin Hamlisch Award in the Youth and Emerging Categories will receive a trophy presented at CINE Celebrates: New York.
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
The 2018 Finalists for the YOUTH category are:
Wylie High School / Wylie, TX, USA
Sixteen year old Dzidzor Amorin currently attends Wylie High School as a junior. Dzidzor is a percussionist in the Wylie High School Wind Symphony and the pianist for the jazz band. His journey in music started at the age of seven when he enrolled in piano lessons, and at the age of eleven, he joined the band as a percussionist. Dzidzor has performed in numerous venues, such as the Eisemann Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. As a pianist, Dzidzor has performed at birthday parties, recitals, weddings and senior centers. He would like to study composition in college, pursuing a career in scoring for media.
Avenues: The World School New York / New York, NY, USA
Samuel Boyce is a cellist, pianist, and composer. A dedicated musician who is happiest when working on his compositions, practicing a difficult cello piece, or collaborating with fellow musicians, Sam has been a distinguished and award-winning Recanati-Kaplan scholar in music since 2013. He is a member of the Face the Music quartet, which performs innovative pieces by new and emerging composers; he has had his works performed by ensembles at the Berkeley Carroll School, the 92nd Street Y, and the Mannes School of Music (as part of the ACO young composer summer program); and he has performed charity concerts in assisted living facilities throughout Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York. Sam has performed as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles at The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Lyra Summer Music Workshop, as well as at other venues throughout New York including National Sawdust, the Greene Space, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sam has also performed alongside legendary quartets ETHEL and Kronos Quartet. Finally, he placed in the Emerging Composers category for the 2016 Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition and was recognized as showing “great promise” with his entry of the first movement of one of his string quartets, Rising Wind. Sam is currently junior at Avenues: The World School New York.
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.
Notre Dame High School / Hillsborough, NJ, USA
Isabella Dussias is a 15 year old composer who enjoys writing both classical and contemporary music. She has performed original piano solos at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and Ehrbar Hall in Vienna, Austria as part of the Golden Key Music Festival. In 2016, she received honorable mention for her orchestral piece, Colors of Spring, performed at the Walt Disney theater in Orlando at the National Young Composers challenge, and in 2017 she was a finalist for her piece Le Mystique for full orchestra. In 2016 and 2017 Isabella was a finalist in the Marvin Hamlisch film scoring competition, and in 2016 & 17 she was an ASCAP finalist. In 2017 she received honorable mention in the teen category for the Allentown Symphony Association “Pictures at an Exhibition” composer competition. Isabella plays various instruments in community and school ensembles, and as a singer/songwriter she performs original pop songs at local venues. Isabella Dussias.
Hart High School / Santa Clarita, CA, USA
Robby Good is a 17 year old senior at Hart High School in Santa Clarita, and a two-time finalist in the Marvin Hamlisch International Film Scoring Competition Youth Category for 2016 and 2017. At 12 years old, Robby started taking composition and group ensemble classes at CalArts. Since being selected in 2015, Robby has been a Fellow in the Nancy and Barry Sanders Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship Program, where he has received instruction and composition opportunities. Robby has written pieces that have been performed by the LA Phil, the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the Calder String Quartet, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the CSUN Wind Ensemble, and the National Children’s Chorus, in venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ojai Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Royce Hall. Robby aspires to compose music for any and all different platforms and mediums, from concert composition to scoring for films and video games. In the fall of 2018, Robby will be furthering his studies in music composition at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. ROBBY GOOD
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
Crossroads School For Arts and Sciences / Los Angeles, CA, USA
Leo Major (b. 2002) is a sophomore at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica. Leo’s passion for music began with piano lessons at the age of six. He started playing alto saxophone at the age of 12 and composing in sixth grade. Leo is a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Young Composers Program, where he studies under Sarah Gibson. He is in the Colburn Jazz Workshop Big Band directed by Lee Secard, which placed 2nd two years in a row at the 2017 and 2018 NextGen Monterey Jazz Festival. At Crossroads, Leo plays in the jazz A‑Band under Evan Avery, with which he placed 3rd at the 2018 NextGen Monterey Jazz Festival and performed at the 2018 Panama Jazz Festival. Leo received the Spotlight Merit Award in Jazz Performance. He also studies Music Theory with Mary Ann Cummins and Warren Spaeth.
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.
Livermore High School / Livermore, CA, USA
The University High School / Melbourne, Australia
Spencer is a cellist, pianist, and composer based in Melbourne, Australia. For years he has been inspired by movie soundtracks, and aims to one day be a professional film composer himself. In the past year alone he has scored many projects, including two award-winning short films, a TV advertisement, and a feature-length thriller film due to be released in late 2018. Spencer began composing in 2015, and posted his original compositions on the website “MuseScore.com-Vanderkley”. He is now a popular composer on the site, with almost 100K annual listeners.
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About this contest:
The film scoring contest for young composers – has been taking place for a few years now. After Composer Marvin Hamlisch received the CINE’s Legends Award in 2012 he wanted to be part of the programs that CINE has for emerging young talent. After he passed (August 6, 2012,) CINE decided to name this specific contest in his honor and contestants can participate every year with a musical score for a film that they will be given to compete. The contest has two categories: Under 18 y/o and Over 18 y/o, to give opportunities to the very young talented composers!
Congratulations to ALL the contestants!
Congratulations to the finalists for the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest! Good Luck to all! – Terre Blair Hamlisch.