March 15, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE /
UNCSA COMPOSER WINS
Leo Hurley Composed Score for UNCSA Student Film
WINSTON-SALEM – Leo Hurley, a 2011 graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), has won a College Television Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
A composer from Rollinsford, N.H., who earned a Bachelor of Music at UNCSA, Hurley won his College Television Award for Music: Best Composition, for his score for ZOMROMCOM: THE MUSICAL, a UNCSA student film. The score was recorded on the UNCSA School of Filmmaking Scoring Stage, with UNCSA student musicians under the direction of world-renowned conductor (and UNCSA Chancellor) John Mauceri.
ZOMROMCOM: THE MUSICAL! was produced by John-Eric Capps; directed by Messiah Amaram; written by Vera Herbert; cinematography by Drew Valenti; production design by Sam Ogden; and edited by Eric Barker.
Photo by Steve Davis
Leo Hurley, left, observes as UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri conducts recording of ZOMROMCOM on the School of Filmmaking Scoring Stage
ZOMROMCOM is the story of Svetlana, one of the world’s top neuroscientists, who has dedicated her life to finding the cure for the quickest spreading virus on the planet: Zombism.
This is UNCSA’s second College Television Award: WOODROW WILSON and producer Tom Santay won Second Place Comedy in 2006. Last year, UNCSA had a Blue Ribbon Finalist in the Best Composition category: Conor McHugh for PINK TRIANGLE.
This is UNCSA’s first award in the Music categories.
The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gives College Television Awards in 11 major craft categories. Finalists are chosen by preliminary and secondary panels composed of working professionals who are members of the Television Academy, and then a blue ribbon panel of judges selects the winners. Winners receive cash awards, industry recognition and the opportunity to network with top television executives. The awards gala is March 31 in Los Angeles.
Hurley had his Lincoln Center premiere last month with “Forest of Mirrors," a 20-minute ballet for trumpet and string quartet. One of his most exciting upcoming commissions comes from the Festival Europa Cantat XVIII, an international choral festival in Turin, Italy, where he will have a new choral piece premiered in July.
Hurley has gained recognition with commissions and performances spanning the United States, Italy, and Serbia. He has had the pleasure of writing for Maya Angelou's 80th Birthday Celebration, Grammy Award winner Pharoah Sanders, Winston-Salem Symphony, Beyond Words Dance Company in an Off-Broadway dance production, Sonnet Repertory Theater Company in an Off-Off-Broadway musical, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet (most notably in the performance at the La Biennale Festival in Venice, Italy), as well as several film productions. In 2011 he was chosen by the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino (Turin, Italy) to be showcased on their New Year's Eve Concert, and he won the North Carolina Symphony String Quartet Competition with his “String Quartet No. 1.” In 2010, he achieved the title of “Iron Composer” at the Cortona Session’s first annual Iron Composer Competition, and he won the Winston-Salem Symphony composition competition for the second time, having his work “Mirror Mirror Overture” premiered during the Mary Starling concert series. In 2009, he was awarded the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Award for “Zydeco,” a saxophone quartet. Recently, Hurley assisted composer Carlisle Floyd on a production of his opera Susannah in Bilbao, Spain, and continues a mentorship with him as he writes his first opera. He studied with Lawrence Dillon at UNCSA.
Hurley has also composed the score for MOLLY UNDER THE MOON, a UNCSA student film which is in post-production.
As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.