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2008 MA Composition grad Joe Trapanese has new movie credit with “Oblivion”

May 10th, 2013 · No Comments


We have just found out that our talented 2008 MA grad in Composition, Joseph Trapanese, who has been very busy with film composing both before and after his graduation, has another feather in his cap. He has had a major triumph in Hollywood: the feature starring Tom Cruise, which is doing incredible sales internationally. OBLIVION is one of his first major movie scores. It also stars Morgan Freeman, and has been generating much enthusiasm among film and music lovers. Five years after leaving UCLA, Joe has already become a brilliant emerging star on the Hollywood horizon. As Prof. Paul Chihara says, he makes us realize that there is life after UCLA!

Joe Trapanese came to UCLA from the Manhattan School of Music, which august institution has recently sent us three more great talents (Fernando Arroyo, Daniel French, David Utzinger), and yet another brilliant composer beginning next fall (Jonathan Koch) — all students of the great composer Richard Danielpour.

Contributed by Prof. Paul Chihara

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