Hillary Thomas is a Los Angeles based composer who brings a new sense of energy to the world of film scoring, with work spanning a variety of film and music genres. Her experience and reputation for productive collaboration has made her a favorite composer among many film makers.

Hillary's enthusiasm for music dates back to age three, when she began studying violin and viola in Manassas, Virginia. Her passion for music only intensified as she grew older. It was much later, in Columbus, Ohio, that one of her private instructors suggested she direct some of her creativity to pen and paper and try composing. That was when she quickly found her calling. Over the next few years, she studied composition at the prestigious, Interlochen Academy of the Arts and The Ohio State University. It was not long before Hillary's distinctive works became recognized, as she won awards across the state for her original compositions.

After graduating from high school, Hillary moved to Los Angeles, where she attended the California Institute of The Arts. There, she had the privilege of studying with Barry Schrader, Mike Pisaro and Mark Lowenstein. After graduation, Hillary was accepted to the The University Of Southern California Scoring for Motion Picture and Television Program, where she studied with noted film composers David Spears and Jack Smalley. She graduated from the program in 2005.

Upon completion of the SMPTV program, Hillary began assisting film composer Christopher Young, while he scored such films as "The Exorcism of Emily Rose", "Lucky You" and "Ghost Rider". She later became the score assistant for Michael Giacchino on the television series, "What About Brian".

Throughout her experience, Hillary has received considerable recognition for her versatile works. For instance in 2003, she recieved much praise for her witty score to the independent animation, "Doggie Door", that was shown at the prestigious, California Institute of the Arts, Producer Show. Later in 2005, her writing took a much darker turn in the film, "Magenta Madness", which premiered at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival. Hillary completed music for "On Great White Wings", a documentary about the Wright brothers directed by Josh Colover and Narrated by Martin Sheen, that was shown at the 2007 Boston International Film Festival. She also recently completed the score to "Channel Islands: Treasure in the Sea" that was Narrated by Kevin Costner

Hillary continues to impress film makers with her creativity and versatility. She has scored a variety of films that have spanned across many musical and dramatic styles, and her memorable melodies have won the hearts of film makers and audiences alike.




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