Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

Berklee and Electronic Arts Celebrate Annual EA Day

12/04/2024

Berklee and Electronic Arts Celebrate Annual EA Day The second annual EA Berklee Day celebrated women in the screen scoring industry and presented the Electronic Arts/Berklee Charting Change Scholarship to students Carol Gao and Rachel Ray McFarlane.

By

Tori Donahue

April 10, 2024

(Center left to right) Students Carol Gao and Rachel Ray McFarlane were presented with Electronic Arts/Berklee Charting Change Scholarships by (left to right) Berklee Interim President and Provost David Bogen, Worldwide Executive and President at EA Music Steve Schnur, and Screen Scoring Chair Sean McMahon at the college's annual EA Berklee Day.

Scott Zuehlke Photography

(Left to right): Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Stephanie Economou, Natalie Holt, Nainita Desai, and Kathryn Bostic participate in a panel discussing the state of the media scoring landscape moderated by Steve Schnur, worldwide executive and president at EA Music (far left).

Scott Zuehlke Photography

Berklee and Electronic Arts (EA) celebrated the second annual EA Berklee Day Charting Change at the college's Boston campus with a day of activities, which included a panel of groundbreaking composers and musicians and the presentation of the Electronic Arts/Berklee Charting Change Scholarship to students Carol Gao and Rachel Ray McFarlane.

As part of the EA Berklee Day celebrations, a panel of acclaimed composers including Stephanie Economou (Assassins Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnar k), Natalie Holt (Loki), Kathryn Bostic (Women of the Movement), Nainita Desai (The Deepest Breath), and Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch (Living) shared their insights and expertise on working in the entertainment industry, concluding with a Q&A section with students. The panel was moderated by Steve Schnur, worldwide executive and president at EA Music, and introduced by Sean McMahon, chair of the college's Screen Scoring Department. At the panel's conclusion, all composers offered advice to students. Bostic spoke to the importance of authenticity as an artist, saying, Your voice is always changing-the constant is you.

In February 2023, the Screen Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music and EA Music announced their partnership, which will enable greater equity in the entertainment industry and world of screen scoring. Each semester, the Electronic Arts/Berklee Charting Change Scholarship will offer one qualified woman or non-cisgender composer studying in the Screen Scoring Department the chance to not only receive a financial scholarship but to be mentored by an industry-leading team and learn how they compose, orchestrate, and arrange an original score for an EA video game title.

This year's EA Berklee Day celebrated the next generation of great composers with the current generation of great composers, said Schnur. Together we've made an unprecedented commitment to the future of music composition, and to the women who will create.

Ahead of the panel, the Electronic Arts/Berklee Charting Change Scholarships were awarded to Carol Gao, the fall semester recipient, and Rachel Ray McFarlane, the spring semester recipient. In a special virtual appearance, Pinar Toprak BM '00 (Captain Marvel, Fortnite, NFL Thursday Night Football) presented McFarlane's scholarship. Both students received $15,000 and professional mentorship opportunities with a team of world-class video game composers at EA after they graduate.

Gao, a native of Toronto, Canada, is double majoring in game and interactive media scoring and electronic production and design at Berklee. She is a pianist and member of the leadership board of Berklees Video Game Music Club. After graduation, she will move to Los Angeles for an internship with Sparks and Shadows Inc. While in LA, she hopes to build her career as a media composer and secure an in-house position at a game company or production house, in addition to freelance work. Gao's other passions include session playing and teaching piano, composition, and music theory.

McFarlane, also a native of Canada, is double majoring in game and interactive media scoring and film scoring at Berklee. She is currently a member of the Composer Diversity Collective and intern at Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project. She currently works with Orchestral Tools, EastWest Sounds, and Spitfire Audio as a social media influencer to promote positive inclusion within the video game scoring community. After graduation, McFarlane hopes to continue elevating her skills by attending a master's program at either the University of Southern California or New York University.

Related Categories

News

Most Popular

Ledisi, Q-Tip, and Gilberto Santa Rosa will receive honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music at its 2024 commencement ceremony.

Ron T. Young

Ledisi, Q-Tip, and Gilberto Santa Rosa to Receive Honorary Doctorates at Berklee 2024 Commencement The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11.

Latest

Berklee's Yoon-Ji Lee Receives Guggenheim Fellowship Lee, an assistant professor of composition, creates music based on unconventional and nonlinear structures that weaves together acoustic and electroacoustic mediums.

Youssou N'Dour

Image courtesy of the artist

Youssou NDour to Receive Honorary Doctorate at Berklee Valencia's 2024 Commencement The ceremony will be held on Monday, July 8.

(Center left to right) Students Carol Gao and Rachel Ray McFarlane were presented with Electronic Arts/Berklee Charting Change Scholarships by (left to right) Berklee Interim President and Provost David Bogen, Worldwide Executive and President at EA Music Steve Schnur, and Screen Scoring Chair Sean McMahon at the college's annual EA Berklee Day.

Scott Zuehlke Photography

Berklee and Electronic Arts Celebrate Annual EA Day The second annual EA Berklee Day celebrated women in the screen scoring indust
LINK: https://www.berklee.edu/berklee-now/news/berklee-and-electronic-arts-c...
See more stories from berklee

Most recent headlines

04/08/2024

Dalet Appoints Santiago Solanas as CEO to Lead Next Era of Growth and Innovation

Dalet, a leading technology and service provider for media-rich organizations, is excited to announce Santiago Solanas as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO)....

03/06/2024

Dalet and Veritone Reach Agreement to Distribute, Transact and Monetize Media Archives

Dalet, a leading technology and service provider for media-rich organizations, a...

18/05/2024

If Bundling Is Back, What's the Ideal Bundle?

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. Bundling is back in a big way, with all the major streaming companies and many pay TV operators exploring ways to simplify the consumer experie...

18/05/2024

FCC to Vote on LPTV Rules during June Open Meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C. Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has announced a tentative agenda for the June Open Commission Meeting schedule...

18/05/2024

Matthews Launches New Multipurpose Grip Rail Telescopic Grid Pipe Solution

Matthews Studio Equipment has introduced Grip Rail, which the company said offers a better way to mount equipment on location, in the studio, or on the fly....

18/05/2024

IAB Tech Labs, Google Partner on New First Party Data Solution

In a notable development in the industry-wide effort to address privacy concerns while improving efficacy of marketing efforts in a cookieless ad landscape, IAB...

18/05/2024

TV Tech Weekly Product Wrap-Up

Missed any of our product coverage during your busy week? The TV Tech weekly product and services news wrap-up provides links to all of our coverage from May 13...

18/05/2024

DHD Elevates the Art of Podcast Production

DHD Elevates the Art of Podcast Production Brie Clayton May 17, 2024 0 Comments Hero image: the DHD DX2 base and expansion modules Latest-generation ...

17/05/2024

Aerojet Rocketdyne's Camden Site Leverages Modernization Investments to Accelerate Solid Rocket Motor Production

Aerojet Rocketdyne has worked to modernize facilities at its Camden, Arkansas, l...

17/05/2024

FCC Plans to Revise LPTV Rules

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would revise rules governing low power TV stations (LPTV) in a number of areas, including online ...

17/05/2024

Demystifying Post-Production: Introducing Cinema 4D Particles Week 4

Demystifying Post-Production: Introducing Cinema 4D Particles Week 4 Brie Clayton May 17, 2024 0 Comments With the spring release of Maxon One, we&#...

17/05/2024

Takashi Yamazaki Film Godzilla Minus One Graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio

Takashi Yamazaki Film Godzilla Minus One Graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio Brie Clayton May 17, 2024 0 Comments Hero image credit: 2023 TOHO CO., LT...

17/05/2024

Sterling Event Group Streamlines Live Event Productions with AJA

Sterling Event Group Streamlines Live Event Productions with AJA Brie Clayton May 17, 2024 0 Comments Live event productions only happen once, which ...

17/05/2024

Meet the product manager

Muster Ngobi, product manager at LYNX Technik tells TVBEurope how the ever-evolving media industry provides a truly dynamic working environment By Matthew Corr...

17/05/2024

TV, Streaming Schedule for 2024 NFL Regular Season Is Released

NEW YORK As declines in linear TV viewing make the ongoing popularity of live sports, particularly football, central to financial success of the TV industry, th...

17/05/2024

Netflix Ad Tier Hits 40M Monthly Active Users

During Netflixs second Upfront presentation to advertisers, Amy Reinhard, Netflix's president of advertising, walked advertisers through the continued growt...

17/05/2024

Scripps Promotes Jeff Kiernan to VP, Local News

CINCINNATI The E.W. Scripps Company has added to its leadership team for news by promoting Jeff Kiernan a veteran journalist and general manager of Scripps'...

17/05/2024

Survey: New Disney-Fox-WBD Sports Streamer May Hurt Pay TV Sub Counts

Top executives from Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery have consistently insisted that their joint venture to launch the Venu Sports streaming bundle in the...

17/05/2024

Caitlin Clark's WNBA Debut Set Viewing Records

ESPN has announced that its coverage of Caitlin Clark's WNBA debut in the Indiana Fever versus the Connecticut Sun season opener was the most-watched WNBA g...

17/05/2024

ATEM Mini Extreme ISO switcher and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

ATEM Mini Extreme ISO switcher and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Brie Clayton May 16, 2024 0 Comments Blackmagic Design announced today that Yoic...

17/05/2024

Pixomondo's Virtual Production Academy Expands with Programs at Sony PCL, Vook, and Vancouver Film School

Pixomondo's Virtual Production Academy Expands with Programs at Sony PCL, Vo...

17/05/2024

WBD Upfront Show Offers Peeks at House of the Dragon,' White Lotus,' Biden-Trump Debate

The Warner Bros. Discovery upfront presentation took place Wednesday, May 15 at ...

17/05/2024

The Black Keys, Jelly Roll, Kate Hudson Set To Perform on The Voice' Finale

Season 25 of The Voice wraps on NBC Tuesday, May 21, with performances from The Black Keys, Jelly Roll, Kate Hudson, Lainey Wilson, Muni Long, Thomas Rhett and ...

17/05/2024

CNN Boss Mark Thompson's Plan Includes More News in More Categories on More Devices (Upfronts)

New CNN CEO Mark Thompson spelled out his plan for the struggling news network d...

17/05/2024

Netflix To Launch In-House Advertising Tech Platform

Netflix, a newcomer to the advertising business, said it plans to launch an in-house advertising technology platform....

17/05/2024

Netflix Plots TV Takeover at Upfront Presentation

Netflix shared some programming projects at an upfront presentation in New York. Those include the basketball-themed comedy series Running Point, a Mindy Kaling...

17/05/2024

Plex Geek Week Sale Offers 20% Off Plex Lifetime Pass

Plex is offering movie and music collectors a 20% discount off its Lifetime Plex Pass as part of its Geek Week sale....

17/05/2024

GroupM Names Toby Jenner as President, GroupM Clients

Giant media buyer GroupM said it named Toby Jenner as global president, Group M Clients, a new position at the company....

17/05/2024

Clients of Independent Agencies Boost Programmatic Buying

Smaller advertisers are increasingly buying connected TV programmatically, according to a new report from FreeWheel, Comcast's ad-tech unit....

17/05/2024

TCLtvPlus Adds Streaming Music Channels From Vevo

TCLtvPlus, the streaming app on smart TVs made by TCL, has added live linear channel from music-video programmer Vevo....

17/05/2024

StackAdapt Adopts Data From Samba TV for Programmatic Campaigns

StackAdapt said it made a deal to integrate data from Samba TV into its programmatic advertising platform....

17/05/2024

Tonight on House of Zwide: Dorothy is blown away by Ona's sketches for her wedding dress

Tonight on House of Zwide: Dorothy is blown away by Ona's sketches for her w...

17/05/2024

Tonight on Scandal: Dintle has a visit from her past that leaves her very unsettled

Tonight on Scandal: Dintle has a visit from her past that leaves her very unsett...

17/05/2024

Save Time and Money with WO Traffic v24.0

WO Traffic provides a solid foundation from which stations can manage, execute, and scale end-to-end ad trafficking and sales, both today and into the future. W...

17/05/2024

Broadcast Innovation in India: How AI and Automated Production Helps Smaller Sports Grow

Broadcast Innovation in India: How AI and Automated Production Helps Smaller Spo...

17/05/2024

SVG Sports Cloud Production Forum Gives Refresher Course on Cloud-Based Tools, Ecosystem

SVG Sports Cloud Production Forum Gives Refresher Course on Cloud-Based Tools, E...

17/05/2024

WNBA Tip-Off 2024: Scripps Sports Constructs New Studio for Second Season of WNBA Friday Night Spotlight on ION

WNBA Tip-Off 2024: Scripps Sports Constructs New Studio for Second Season of WNB...

17/05/2024

SVG College Summit 2024: Auburn's War Eagle Productions Breaks Down How They Produce Live Gymnastics Broadcasts

SVG College Summit 2024: Auburn's War Eagle Productions Breaks Down How They...

17/05/2024

Netflix & Shondaland Announce the Song List and Soundtrack for 'Bridgerton' Season 3: Part 1

Back to All News Netflix & Shondaland Announce the Song List and Soundtrack for...

17/05/2024

Skeem Saam: Thursday's episode, 16 May 2024 [video]

Skeem Saam: Thursday's episode, 16 May 2024 [video]Missed an episode of Skeem Saam? No problem! Watch the latest episode of your favourite South African soa...

17/05/2024

Prison Journalism: Letter to my mothers

Prison Journalism: Letter to my mothersThabo Mthembu was incarcerated in Pollsmoor Prison from 2014 to 2019. Read Thabo's story by Thabo Mthembu 17-05-20...

17/05/2024

Paul McCartney becomes UK's first billionaire musician

Paul McCartney becomes UK's first billionaire musicianMusic icon Paul McCartney has become the UK's first billionaire musician, according to the Sunday ...

17/05/2024

Tonight on Smoke and Mirrors: Sakhile advises Tiny against sabotaging Petunia

Tonight on Smoke and Mirrors: Sakhile advises Tiny against sabotaging PetuniaDon't miss Friday, 17 May's riveting episode of South African soapie Smoke ...

17/05/2024

RT'S Operation Transformation comes to a close after 17 seasons

RT has today announced that Operation Transformation (OT) is to end after 17 seasons. As series come to an end each year, RT undertakes an editorial review to...

17/05/2024

Studio One: Your Binaural Beats Lab

By Craig Anderton When I heard about binaural beats, I was interested-I like beats, and I'm into binaural audio. But this has nothing to do with either o...

17/05/2024

May 16, 2024

Scripps Research chemist Donna Blackmond elected to the Royal Society of the U.K. Blackmond's wide-ranging work has shaped origin of life theories, our unde...

16/05/2024

Power Provokes Vital Questions About the Role of Police

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 18: Director Yance Ford introduces the Power premiere at Library Center Theatre. (Photo by Chad Salvador/Shutterstock for Sundance F...

16/05/2024

Mental Health Matters: Embrace Self-Care With These Audiobook and Podcast Listens

May is Mental Health Awareness month, a time to recognize those living with ment...

16/05/2024

ABC and SBS bring digital radio (DAB+) services to the Gold Coast

ABC and SBS bring digital radio (DAB ) services to the Gold Coast 15 May, 2024 Media releases ABC and SBS today announced that audiences on the Gold Coast ...

16/05/2024

Clear-Com Communication Solutions Enhance Oregon State University's PRAx Building

eds3_5_jq(document).ready(function($) { $(#eds_sliderM519).chameleonSlider_2_1({...