BMI Composer Sean McMahon Named New Chair of Berklee Film Scoring Department

Posted in News on June 10, 2019

BMI proudly congratulates BMI film composer and orchestrator Sean McMahon for his new title as chair of the film scoring department at Berklee College of Music. McMahon, who is a Berklee alumnus, scored the films The Grudge III, 400 Days, and The Great White Storm, and has composed additional music for Dreamworks and Sony/Columbia pictures.

“I know the program prepares students well for the industry because it prepared me well,” said McMahon. “I would not have had the career I had if I attended any other undergraduate program. It’s a great honor and tremendously humbling to be able to give back to students and pay it forward in this new leadership role.”

After graduating from Berklee with a degree in film scoring, McMahon completed the graduate certificate in scoring for motion pictures and television at the University of Southern California, at which time he signed with BMI as a new affiliate with the help of BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross, who works closely with USC. While in California, McMahon worked for five years as composer’s assistant and project manager for A-list composer Christopher Young, and orchestrated more than 30 films, including The Monkey King, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, and Spider-Man 3. In addition to composing scores for several films, he has also created music for a number of video games. As Berklee’s film scoring department chair, McMahon will also oversee BMI Day at the college. Each fall, BMI Day provides film scoring students a master class with one of BMI’s top composers, as well as awarding a scholarship from BMI to one of the top students.

Congratulations on your new appointment, Sean!


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