The SCL in New York announces ten mentees for the Fall 2019 Mentor Program


The SCL in New York Mentor Committee has made its selections and welcomes the following Associate Members into the New York Mentor Program for the Fall 2019 term. The Mentor Program serves as introduction to the screen music industry.

The New York Mentor Program will run from October through December 2019. The first mentor session, Music Editing with Missy Cohen, was held in Man Made Music on October 15, 2019.

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

New York Fall 2019 Mentees
Erez Aviram is a composer and pianist best known for his work on The Mossad (United King Productions, 2019) and Overloading (Fading Records, 2016). He scored New York’s music scene documentary Tali JAMS New York with the GRAMMY®-nominated drummer and arranger Dan Pugach. He worked on United Pianos, a UN project in which 11 renowned pianists from across the globe (including Colin Huggins, Hauschka and Idan Raichel) collaborated to seamlessly play one musical piece. He has arranged and orchestrated for Shlomo Gronich, Michael Greilsammer, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Meitar Ensemble and the Jerusalem Street Orchestra. Erez studied contemporary classical music composition and jazz piano at Jerusalem Academy of Music and recently earned his Master’s in Screen Scoring from NYU. He received the Philip Green scholarship and won the NYU Film Scoring Competition 2018.


Micaela Carballo was born in Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was awarded a full scholarship by Fundación Carolina in Spain to complete a Master’s degree in Film Scoring at ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya-Barcelona). Micaela has composed original music for films such as La tulipe bleue, El chiquillo azul y el hombre de la luna (Barcelona) and for one of her most accomplished works, Dubicel (Celeste Estudio Creativo, La Plata), whose music was recorded by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra in 2016. She won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to compose an opera called La voix d’argent.


Nono Chen started playing classical piano at the age of 5. In 2011, she was admitted to Shanghai Music Middle School, studying classical composition and theory for 6 years. Besides school, she spent most of her time in songwriting and developed a strong interest in contemporary styles. Nono came to the United States in 2017 to start her undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music. There, she got her bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Writing and Production in 2 years. Nono is now a graduate student majoring in Songwriting at New York University.


Norwegian-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter Andrea Ettestol explores a world of fantasy, love, adventure, spirit and good vibes in her unique melodies and words. Bridging the best of New York city’s eccentricity and the Scandinavian melancholy. Andrea Ettestol started her songwriting with the acoustic folk-pop trio Ask. The band started writing together at the age of 12 and for over 10 years they played on many prestige filled stages around the South of Norway as well as releasing an album, EP and several singles. Andrea is currently finishing her master’s in songwriting at NYU Steinhardt.


Bryson Kemp is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and improvisational pianist who is a newcomer to New York City.  For the past 15 months he lived in Austin as a freelance composer while also completing an internship with film composer Graham Reynolds. During his internship he was an arranger, orchestrator, and editor for different projects, including a ballet that recently premiered in Austin (Grimm Tales).  He has produced music for commercials/marketing videos and has recently scored a feature length documentary. Bryson also has a passion for improvisation (performing at local improv theaters) and enjoys playing the piano to silent films, having played in theaters on the East coast as well as an international silent film festival in Italy.  In 2016 he graduated from Muhlenberg College with degrees in Film Studies and Music. In 2014 he was one of the winners of Team Oscar and delivered the statuettes onstage at the Academy Awards. 


Peter Kohrman is a composer, conductor, and orchestrator dedicated to creating impactful musical experiences for the stage and screen. Enthusiastic about creating unique sonic identities for his projects, Kohrman’s compositions can be heard accompanying live-action shorts, animations, and video games. As a programmer and gamer, himself, Kohrman is passionate about crafting organic and interactive non-linear music systems for video games. In 2017, he competed as the only American finalist in the Junior Division of the 8th Annual International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition. In 2019, he was one of the winners of the NYU Film Scoring Composition Competition. Currently, Peter Kohrman attends the graduate Screen Scoring Program at NYU Steinhardt where he studies under Mark Suozzo and Irwin Fisch.


Ursula Kwong-Brown is a composer, multimedia artist, research scientist and political activist based in New York City. Her work has been frequently performed in the United States, Europe, and Asia in diverse venues including Carnegie Hall, le Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Honors include ASCAP and NACUSA awards, a two-year Berkeley Symphony Composer Fellowship supported by the New Music USA Music Alive program, and a San Francisco Friends of Contemporary Music Commissioning Grant. Her background is in contemporary classical music, receiving her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Music Composition & New Media in 2018.


Jonas Tarm is a composer for the concert stage and film. Various ensembles have commissioned him to write original music, including the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, New York Virtuoso Singers, Chicago Beethoven Festival and the Estonian XXVII Song Festival. His work has also been performed worldwide by ensembles such as the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn in Germany, Camerata Notturna Orchestra in New York, and the New World Symphony Players in Miami – among others. Jonas has worked as a composer and music producer for film production companies such as Studio 1H Media and Mida’s Cave. He is currently working on a film score for Mida Chu’s film There Was a Beginning, which was recorded in November 2018 by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.


Composer, arranger, orchestrator and keyboardist Haibei Wang is known as a cross-genre artist. With a refined background in music and passion for story-telling, Haibei was selected to work as a musical coach with Chinese award-winning stage and musical director Xiaoqian Zhou from 2014-2017 in Shanghai, China. One of their musicals, Shanghai, The Melody won the Best Foreign Musical Award in the 2016 Daegu International Musical Festival. Now based in New York City, she completed her Masters in Music in Screen Scoring at New York University, where she was a winner of 2018 NYU Film Scoring Competition. She also holds 3 degrees including Concert Composition (B.M.), Organ Performance (B.M.) and Concert Composition (M.M.) from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she won several Outstanding Awards. Haibei is currently working on several films as a composer and she’s also working as an orchestrator for several Chinese musicals.


Emily Wong is a composer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently pursuing her Masters in Screen Scoring at NYU Steinhardt. As a classically-trained pianist, Emily was a finalist in the 9th International Chopin Piano Competition held in Tokyo. In addition, her years of experience playing the violin (as Associate Concertmistress) and clarinet with the Singapore National Youth Orchestra has contributed greatly to her understanding of and sensitivity towards orchestral composition. With filmmakers and animators, she has worked on short films including Leave Me AloneVandals, and MamaShe is currently working on a documentary entitled From Trash to Treasure with director Iara Lee of the non-profit organization Cultures of Resistance. In terms of advertisement, she has provided the sonic branding for use by At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy in conjunction with Singapore’s bid to UNESCO for the preservation of hawker culture, as well as the sonic branding logo for international company Cityneon HoldingsEmily also holds a Bachelors of Laws (LL.B. Hons.) from the National University of Singapore.