The SCL announces eight mentees for the 2019-2020 LA Mentor Program


The SCL Mentor Intern Program has been designed to serve as an introduction to the screen music industry, for selected SCL Associate Members. For the first time this year, both composers and songwriters were invited to apply. The SCL LA Mentor Committee has made its final decisions and welcomes the following Associate Members into the LA Mentor Program for 2019-2020.

The Mentor Program will run from September 2019 through February 2020 with a break for the holidays. The first mentor session will be on September 16th, with ASCAP’s Michael Kerker and Amanda Shofner for the songwriters, and Chris Farrell for the composers.

Congratulations to all!
The mentors look forward to sharing their experience and expertise.

Songwriter Mentees 2019-2020
Kate Diaz is a songwriter-composer-producer, and she has been a performing songwriter for ten years. She moved to LA in June after graduating from both Harvard and Berklee. During her senior year, Kate released her fifth album of original pop/rock songs, which she self-produced in her dorm room, playing all instruments and recording/mixing all tracks herself. As a composer, Kate has scored multiple short films and TV/radio/web commercials. She currently works as an assistant for two film/TV composers, and is also now a freelance commercial composer for two LA music studios.


Adrianne Duncan is a pianist, singer, songwriter and composer. Originally a competitive classical pianist, she attended Northwestern University on a music scholarship and is the winner of numerous piano competitions and awards. She has performed as a solo artist, in a classical duo, with chamber groups, in jazz and rock ensembles, and as a soloist with symphony orchestra. As session pianist and singer she has performed and recorded with some of LA’s most noted jazz musicians, including the Grammy®-nominated Lado B Brazilian Project. She is also a producer and arranger, most recently writing, producing and arranging albums for actor-singers Jacqueline Emerson, and Larry Wolf. She was the musical director of the new musical Twins for its premiere in Berlin in 2016, and has composed for film, television and business organizations, currently writing and producing educational musical content for philanthropic capital group Blended Value. She performs regularly with the seven-person vocal improvisation group Fish To Birds, and is the founder and curator of LA Modern Jazz Series, a concert series featuring world-class creative jazz musicians.


Ben Zeadman is an Israeli award-winning composer, writer and music producer, with a specialty in writing and composing musicals. One of his recent endeavors, Marriage Material, The Musical Film has been nominated for the Student Academy Awards, 2019, and won multiple Best Musical Short awards. Ben has written and composed dozens of original musicals and plays, including The Next Stop (Off Broadway), Sherlock Holmes, The Three Musketeers, Beauty and the Beast, The Butterfly Effect, 101 Dalmatians, and more. He also served as music producer for such productions as Billy Elliot, Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along Show, Spring Awakening, Little Shop of Horrors, and others. In Israeli television, Ben has produced the local version of the show Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, a unique Beatles Special and various other critically acclaimed shows and productions.


Composer Mentees 2019-2020
Adam Dib has had the pleasure to collaborate with a number of creatives ranging from film directors, producers, and musicians, aiding in storytelling through music. He is equally at home composing for live action films, animated shorts, and live productions. Adam recently completed his Masters degree in Music Composition for the Screen at Columbia College Chicago, and is currently working with Marcelo Zarvos as a composers assistant in Los Angeles, as well as composing for his own projects. Adam began studying music in Detroit where he fell in love with jazz performance and big band arranging. It is this love for improvisation and collaboration between musicians, composers, and artists that he holds onto throughout all his musical endeavors.


Luke Mombrea has shown interest in music from a young age, picking up the guitar at age eight and studying piano just a few years later. Since then he has continued his musical pursuit, working at number of studios around the Bay Area and Los Angeles as a producer, engineer and session guitarist. He is currently a music student at UCLA studying music composition, orchestration and film scoring. Since entering college, Luke has provided scores for numerous short films and art installations, and has just begun work on his first feature. His style is best described as a seamless blend between classical acoustic instrumentation and modern electronic textures.


Alex Meade is a film composer from Birmingham, Michigan. At ten years old, he began his studies in music with trumpet and piano. His passion for music led him to the Arts Academy, and later to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied trumpet with John Aley, and composition with Laura Schwendinger. He both performed in and wrote for numerous groups around campus, including composing the fanfare for the College of Engineering commencement. After graduating, Alex composed the music for the upcoming indie-game Ruins to Rumble, and was the development intern for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.


Jules Pegram’s music has been performed by orchestras like the New World Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has been recorded by the Hollywood Studio Symphony at Warner Bros. Studios, and 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles. His concert works bear the colorful stamp of cinema, his film work includes collaborations dating back to his years at USC to work for the Traverse City Film Festival, in addition to studies in both the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis, and the inaugural Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive with David Newman and Angel Velez. For his work in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, Pegram received the ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Composition from the University of Michigan and the Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Southern California.


Brianna Rhodes is a Los Angeles-based composer and violinist whose works to date include music for film, cinematic VR, and the concert stage. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from Florida State University while also studying composition. Since graduation she has worked extensively with the FSU College of Motion Picture Arts, scored indie films, completed an orchestral commission, and held violin contracts with ten orchestras across the United States.