John Given,



John began his performance career as a jazz bassist while still a high school student in southern Maine. His interest in film music developed while studying jazz composition and arranging at Berklee College of Music (BMus, film scoring, magna cum laude, '90), and he moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 1990 to attend USC's well known film music studies program, completing that program in 1991. After several years of composing and orchestrating music for television, in 1995 John received an Emmy Award for his work on "Disney's Aladdin" television series. During his twelve-year composing career, John has written music for a dozen films and more than 200 television episodes on various series, as well as for concert and theater. While continuing to focus on film and television work, John has recently turned his attention back to concert and jazz projects.


1990-91 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate, Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program
Honors: Harry Warren Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Studies with: Richard Bellis, Bruce Broughton, David Raksin, Buddy Bakker

1986-90 Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
B.Mus., Major in Film Scoring
Concentration in Jazz Composition
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Berklee Achievement Scholarship, Dean's List
Studies with: Robert Freedman, Herb Pomeroy

1991 ASCAP/Fred Karlin Film Music Workshop
(now referred to as the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop)

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