Anthony Dennis, 24, graduated from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition for Film. He has attended prestigious film scoring workshops, completed a senior Capstone project at Oberlin on how film music affects us, and is currently at work on a symphonic rock album.
Anthony began composing at the age of thirteen. He plays the guitar, piano, and violin. While In high school, he wrote original music and arrangements, which were performed by his school orchestra. At Oberlin College, some pieces Anthony wrote included two string quartets, a piano sonata, and two major orchestral works, one of which was a submission for a film scoring competition. He also directed and arranged popular music for a string quintet at a friend's wedding.
While a student, Anthony participated in two prestigious film scoring workshops: the NYU ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, led by NYU Steinhardt associate professor of film scoring Mark Suozzo with guest composers Michael A. Levine (original music for Siren, Cold Case) and Sean Callery (24, Homeland), and the Palomar Film Music Workshop, led by Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs, Commander in Chief) and Roger Neill (Mozart in the Jungle, 20th Century Woman) with guest composers Garry Schyman (adjunct instructor in Screen Scoring at USC, Bioshock, Shadow of War) and George S. Clinton (Austin Powers in Goldmember, Mortal Kombat).
In his last year at Oberlin, Anthony worked on a senior Capstone project, the purpose of which was to determine how film music signifies action, affect, and essence through a focus on music theory, embodied cognition, and music production. He finished off his research by giving a presentation in which he summarized his paper, performed a live analysis from his paper on a scene he scored, and presented two additional compositions, all in the vein of his project.
Currently, Anthony is writing a symphonic rock concept album inspired by the work of the bands Anathema, the Gentle Storm, singer/songwriter Anneke van Giersbergen, singer/songwriter Marcela Bovio, composer and producer Arjen Anthony Lucassen, guitarist, singer, producer, and songrwriter Daniel Cavanagh, iamthemorning, Nightwish, guitarist and composer Gustavo Santoalla, film composers Danny Elfman, John Powell, and Brian Tyler, video game composer Austin Wintory, and many more.