Berklee Alumni Score Summer's Biggest TV and Movie Hits

By 
Kimberly Ashton
June 5, 2013
Lucas Vidal (Fast & Furious 6) conducts at a 2011 concert.
Game of Thrones features alumnus Ramin Djawadi's score.
Fast & Furious 6 features alumnus Lucas Vidal's score.
Alumnus Kyle Clausen is the assistant music editor for Iron Man 3.
Alumnus David Schwartz is the composer for Arrested Development.
Alumnus David Carbonara is the composer for Mad Men.
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Whether it's the Game of Thrones' Red Wedding episode or the trademark high-speed car chases in the latest iteration of the Fast & Furious series, some of this summer’s hottest storylines are being told by Berklee alumni.

In fact, dozens of Berklee graduates have made careers scoring, composing, arranging, editing, and mixing the soundtracks of some of the biggest hits in television and on the big screen.

In addition to Lucas Vidal’s (‘06) score for Fast & Furious 6, music by Berklee alumni can be heard in summer blockbusters such as Iron Man 3 (Kyle Clausen ‘00, assistant music editor) and Star Trek Into Darkness (Frank Macchia ‘80, music preparation), and many more.

On the small screen, Game of Thrones and Person of Interest fans can listen to Ramin Djawadi's ('98) scores. Meanwhile, there's music by David Carbonara ('85, composer, Mad Men), David Schwartz ('74, composer, Arrested Development), and John Swihart ('86, composer, How I Met Your Mother and Men at Work).
 
Other alumni who have worked on recent movies include:
 
Leff Lefferts ('97, sound re-recording mixer, Epic)
Shie Rozow ('97, music editor, Oz the Great and Powerful)
Kevin Kliesch ('92, orchestrator, The Internship and The Hangover Part III)
Kevin Kaska ('94, orchestrator, Man of Steel and The Lone Ranger)
 
Other alumni who have worked on recent TV shows include:
 
Alf Clausen ('66, composer, The Simpsons)
Atli Orvarsson ('96, composer, Chicago Fire)
Joey Newman ('98, composer, The Middle
Michael Semanick ('85, sound re-recording mixer, House of Cards)