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Feb. 10, 2012 /FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Photo Attached
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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), is a finalist for a College Television Award (Student Emmy) from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Hurley, a composer from Rollinsford, N.H., is nominated in the music category for his score for ZOMROMCOM, a UNCSA student film. He earned a Bachelor of Music at UNCSA, where he studied with Lawrence Dillon.

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.

UNCSA School of Filmmaking alumna Vera Herbert, who received a B.F.A. in Directing in 2011, wrote the script and the lyrics. She is from Youngstown, Ohio. The film was directed by Filmmaking alumnus Messiah Amaram (B.F.A. 2011, Screenwriting), from Raleigh.

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.

College Television Awards are presented in 14 categories each spring at a black-tie gala in Los Angeles. 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.

ZomRomCom Sound Stage
Leo Hurley, left, and Chancellor John Mauceri, right, on Film Scoring Stage

Dean Weast
School of Music Dean Wade Weast observes the scoring session from within the sound booth

Hurley, Mauceri and Gallagher
(l-r) Leo Hurley, Chancellor John Mauceri and School of Filmmaking faculty member Jay Gallagher work on mixes at the sound board

Photos by Steve Davis

Hurley will have his Lincoln Center premiere later this 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.

Hurley has also composed the score for MOLLY UNDER THE MOON, a UNCSA student film which is in post-production.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.