Hollywood is calling - Angela Little awarded prestigious USC screen scoring scholarship

Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018

Australian screen composer Angela Little is headed for Hollywood, more specifically the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) to undertake a Master of Music degree in what is widely regarded as the world's top screen scoring program. And she is doing so having been awarded the coveted Sandra and Alan Silvestri Scholarship.

The scholarship is the highest honour bestowed on an entering candidate, making Angela the selection committee’s top-ranked worldwide applicant. Only 20 students are admitted to the highly selective course. “I couldn’t believe it when I received a personal email from Alan Silvestri congratulating me on winning this scholarship!” Angela said.

“His music affected me deeply from a young age - these are the people you dream of meeting as a film composer. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to work with leading mentors and role models to strengthen my composing practice and advance my career at USC. I’m also grateful to the Australia Council for the Arts, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and the PPCA Performers’ Trust, who are also generously supporting my program of study and professional development in the USA.”

Being at USC gives Angelia and her classmates access to the inner-workings of the industry. The program, helmed by Dan Carlin, trains participants in advanced aspects of scoring for film, television and video games while giving them numerous opportunities to record their works with top-tier studio musicians and award-winning engineers on major Hollywood scoring stages.

Notable alumni of the screen scoring program include Christophe Beck (Frozen), Bear McCreary (Outlander), James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games) and Marco Beltrami (The Hurt Locker / Scream), who Angela collaborated with as a vocal soloist on the 2016 Alex Proyas blockbuster Gods of Egypt.

Angela previous work included the music for feature documentary Zach’s Ceremony, which was nominated for a 2017 AACTA Award and won the audience award for Best Documentary at both Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals in 2016, and she was a member of the music team on Baz Luhrmann’s Australia.

Angela’s projects for release in 2018 include feature film Chocolate Oyster, directed by Steve Jaggi, documentary series How Mad Are You? presented by Blackfella Films and SBS (on which she collaborated with Sonar Music), and upcoming feature Back of the Net, directed by Louise Alston and produced by the Steve Jaggi Company.

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