A one-of-a-kind residency program brings nationally renowned composers at the height of their careers to Columbia for seven-week workshops with Music Composition for the Screen MFA students.

The composers work with students to recreate one of their professional projects from start to finish. Under the composers' guidance, you’ll experience the scoring process for each project exactly as it originally happened.

Our small class sizes and the length of these residencies mean that you’ll truly get to know the composers artistically and professionally—and that they will get to know you, too.

2018-19 Composers-in-Residence

Fall 2018

cir18_peter-golub-headshot.jpgPeter Golub
(Frozen River, The Laramie Project, The Great Debaters, Being George Clooney)

Peter Golub is a noted composer for film and concert, best known for his many documentaries and independent films, including Sundance-winner Frozen River and the ground-breaking HBO documentary The Laramie Project. Golub has also composed for theatre productions featuring actors like Gregory Hines, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jeff Goldblum, and his concert music has been performed at the Kennedy Center and the Miami City Ballet, among others. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Peter Golub has also served as the director of one of the most remarkable institutions in film and media music, the Sundance Institute Film Music Program, since 1998.

cir18-campbell-headshot.jpgBrandon Campbell
(Westworld, Game of Thrones, A Wrinkle in Time, The Thinning, Slender Man)

Brandon Campbell is a composer at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control studio complex. Campbell is best known for his collaborations with Ramin Djawadi, including the TV series Westworld and Game of Thrones (HBO), and Person of Interest (CBS). He also wrote music for major studio films like A Wrinkle in Time, Warcraft and The Great Wall, as well as The Thinning for Legendary Pictures. Campbell’s latest film, the horror film Slender Man (co-composed with Ramin Djawadi), is now in theaters.

Spring 2019

cir18_ronit-kirchman-headshot.jpgRonit Kirchman
(The Sinner, Zen and the Art of Dying, Finding Neighbors)

Composer, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist Ronit Kirchman is best known for her work on the Golden Globe-nominated dramatic series The Sinner (USA Network). Kirchman’s widely varied scores include the feature films Zen and the Art of Dying, Finding Neighbors, and The Skin I'm In. Kirchman was the first recipient of the Time Warner fellowship at the Sundance Institute and was a featured composer in the KCRW Presents: Future Is Female concert at the Wiltern in LA.


Previous Composers-in-Residence
  • David Wingo (Barry, Midnight Special, Our Brand Is Crisis, Brigsby Bear)
  • Reza Safinia (Birth of the Dragon, Nude, Vital Signs, The Trust, Warrior)
  • Jeff Grace (Hap & Leonard, In A Valley of Violence, Certain Women)
  • Miriam Cutler (The Hunting Ground, RBG, A Plastic Ocean, Lost in La Mancha)
  • Joe Kraemer (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher, The Way of the Gun)
  • Heather McIntosh (Z for Zachariah, Compliance, One Dollar, Honeymoon)
  • Eimear Noone and Craig Stuart Garfinkle (World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, It’s Dark Here, The Donner Party)
  • Gerard Marino (God of War, The Amazing Spider-Man)

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