School of Music student nominated for Emmy Award

Yale School of Music student Garth Neustadter has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his score for the PBS documentary “John Muir in the New World.”

The score was recorded at Yale with members of the Yale Philharmonia, the Yale Symphony Orchestra and the Linden String Quartet. Neustadter is a student in the School of Music’s composition program, where he studies with Christopher Theofanidis. He is one of five composers to be nominated this year in the category of Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score).

In 2007 Neustadter won first prize in the Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition. He was subsequently commissioned by Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros. to compose, record and produce the score for the film “The White Sister.” The Baltimore Sun says of his music, “The guy’s a natural, as his soaring theme makes plain.”

Neustadter is a five-time DownBeat Magazine award winner in the areas of composition, classical violin performance and jazz saxophone performance. His achievements have been profiled in USA Today, the Baltimore Sun, Film Music Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the National Federation of Music Clubs Review. He has received an ASCAP Morton Gould Award, an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, and an ASCAP fellowship for film scoring at Aspen, as well as multiple awards from the National Federation of Music Clubs. He was recently selected as one of 10 finalists in the International Transatlantyk Film Music Competition. Garth holds degrees in violin and voice performance from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music.

In the accompanying video, Neustadter discusses his work on “John Muir in the New World.”

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