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composers supporting composers

in all aspects of score production

 

Joy Music House is a team of composers whose work covers all aspects of score production services, from composition and arranging through orchestration, music preparation and in-studio assistance. 

Composers can find the resources they need at JMH, whether it is an assistant for three days or a score production team for a month.

Think of us as an elite force of musical operatives, ready to come on board at a moment’s notice.

Founded and directed by composer Catherine Joy, the team has been developed over the past six years, starting with providing music preparation support to composer Miriam Cutler.

 

what We provide: 

Composition

Additional Music

Music Editing

Arranging

Synthestration/Mockup (Any DAW)

Orchestration

Copying (Sibelius, Finale)

Music Preparation

ProTools Session Setup

Assistants (short term long term)

credits

 

Meet the team

 

Robinton Hobbs has been writing and performing music his entire life. He studied audio engineering at Berklee College of Music, and after several years of playing with and recording local bands in Denver, Colorado he decided to make the jump to Los Angeles to pursue a career in composing for media. 

Robinton quickly established himself as an integral member of the team which would become Joy Music House, wearing many hats and assisting on a wide range of productions and scores. He also serves as the media director for the Society of Composers and Lyricists. 

When he is not writing music, Robinton has been known to dabble in language creation, sound design, medieval history and all things Dungeons & Dragons.

With a passion for music and collaboration, Catherine Joy is a composer for film, media and live performance. She won Best Documentary Score for the uplifting feature documentary Gold Balls. She most recently scored the multi-award winning documentary The Augmentation of Douglas Engelbart (now streaming on Amazon Prime), the supernatural thriller The Parish and documentary Naughty Books which features narration by Aisha Tyler and Allison Tolman. 

 

Catherine has scored a number of series, starting her media scoring career scoring Capitol Hill which began on youtube and is now televised throughout Canada and Europe. More recently she scored the sci fi dramady Abby and Tabby Alone in the Desert (now streaming on Seed and Spark) the documentary series Women of the Island, and No Matter What, which releases on youtube September 2019. She also scored the pilot for the Documentary Series Who Is Your Teacher, currently on the festival circuit. She also contributed additional arrangements on the Emmy-award-winning Netflix doc series Wild Wild Country

 

Catherine was part of the music team on notable feature projects. She score supervised and orchestrated on The Last Black Man In San Francisco and the Emmy-nominated scores for RBG and Love, Gilda.  She also score supervised the HBO documentary At The Heart of Gold and     

feature Son of The South executive produced by Spike Lee and directed by his long-time editor Barry Alexander Brown. Catherine was also the orchestrator on the animated series High Guardian Spice, set for release in 2020. She is currently score supervisor of the Sony series reboot Mad About You. 

 

Catherine is currently scoring the video games The Endless Mission and Beyond Blue. She is also working on a Ballet in collaboration with choreographer Rival Tribe which will premiere end of 2019.

 

She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music at Cornish College of the Arts. She then completed her Masters of Music from Boston University and also went through the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring program in 2011.Catherine is from Tasmania, Australia. She moved to the United States in 1998 to pursue a career in music and plays many instruments including violin, piano, and guitar.

 

Catherine is the founder and CEO of the score production company Joy Music House and is the Vice President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers.

When Joseph Carrillo first discovered the impact of cinematic music, he was inspired to create. But growing up in a community without film opportunities, he turned to the stage, composing incidental music for plays throughout high school and college. He began his musical training first with piano lessons and later to playing trumpet and French horn in the school band, and singing in the choir. He discovered a passion for oboe and earned a degree in oboe performance from Boise State University.

 

Joseph now focuses his talents in the film music industry in Los Angeles. His work can be heard in numerous features, commercials, web series, and short films.

 

Joseph has also prepared scores and parts, served as orchestrator and arranger for other industry colleagues, including Miriam Cutler (Dark Money, RBG, Love, Gilda), and Penka Kouneva (Life Link, Blue). Additionally, he has performed oboe parts, whistling, vocals, and voice-over narration.

 

The early years of his career spent working for Universal’s sound department inspired him to expand his work to include sound design, editorial, and re-recording mixer for multiple projects. He has also composed music for the concert stage, enjoys writing poetry, painting, cooking, and Halloween.

Zoë Lustri is a composer and songwriter from Austin, Texas. She studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Zoë continues her quest in the film music industry in Los Angeles where she interned with Bear McCreary’s studio Sparks and Shadows, working on shows including The Walking Dead, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Outlander and more.

 

Zoë has worked on a variety of films ranging from action packed thrillers like Close Range, Boyka: Undisputed, and Dead Trigger, to documentaries such as The Perfect Physique, Requiem For My Mother and the critically acclaimed RBG. Zoë continues to write original music and lyrics for indie shorts and web series while working on her first EP.

Hope Bartimioli Thal (H.B. Thal) is a composer, songwriter and vocalist based out of Los Angeles. She studied classical voice at Grand Canyon University in Arizona before moving to LA to study Film Scoring at UCLA Extension. Since graduating in 2017 she has been writing on various independent projects including 2018 IFC Festival Best Comedic Short winning film: Cat’s Outta the Bag.

 

She is a composer at Joy Music House, a score production company started by composer Catherine Joy which offers services including music preparation, orchestrating, and everything else that goes into creating a great score. In 2019 H.B. will release a 4 song EP on all platforms showcasing her skills as a songwriter as well as joining the administrative team of The AWFC (The Alliance for Women Film Composers), as the director of communications.

Brian is a re-recording mixer, music/scoring mixer, music producer, expert recordist, songwriter and composer with 15+ years of experience working in film, television, advertising and music.

His work can be heard in Academy Award winning films (Zootopia), Emmy winning shows (Dexter, Arrested Development), promos and commercials for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Facebook, and American Girl, the video game Final Fantasy XV, as well as many more titles!

Ellie completed her Bachelor of Music in Composition with Honours, degree at the West Australian Academy of the Performing Arts where she was awarded the inaugural ‘Dr. Harold Schenberg Music Prize', receiving a scholarship to study in the United States of America. Ellie then completed her post-graduate at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, writing music for several short films and documentaries.

Ellie has vast experience with orchestrating, copying and studio assistant work on various local and international films, including, "Peter Rabbit", "Lego Batman", "Gods of Egypt", "The Director and the Jedi" and "Lego Ninjago", as well as numerous stage productions, including "Conchita", "SYO IGNITE Symphonic Dance for VIVID Sydney" and "Muriel's Wedding: The Musical".

Ellie journeyed to Los Angeles, where she interned at Michael Levine's Studio and has now become a part of their Mpath Composing Team. Furthermore, she has collaborated with Pete Seibert on the "Deloitte Music Video" as well as working on Andrew Lippa's Musical, "Unbreakable". She has written additional music on and is the head orchestrator for Benjamin Speed’s Australian-Chinese film, “At Last”. 

Bobak lotfipour

With a deep love for music and performance, Bobak Lotfipour has honed in on his skill as a composer and performing musician. 

 

Most known for his work with composer Daniel Hart, Bobak has composed additional music for the TV series The Exorcist, SMILF, OverWater (Belgium 2019), along with Light of My Life, A Ghost Story, and Recovery Boys (documentary). Bobak has also performed as percussionist/drumset for the TV series Strange Angel, Forever, and film projects Ain’t Them Body Saints, Comet, Tumbledown, Return to Sender, Lost in the Sun, Uncertain. In addition he performed on the St. Vincents track “Something On Your Mind” for the Disney film Pete’s Dragon. Recently, Bobak has been collaborating with composer Catherine Joy for documentaries The Augmentation of Douglas Engelbart, Naughty books and horror feature The Parish. 

 

In addition to composing, Bobak is also an original member of band Dark Rooms, in which he is known for performing drumset/percussion.

Christy Carew is a Burbank-based composer for film, TV, multimedia and the concert world. She considers herself first and foremost a storyteller, and feels honored to collaborate with directors on pieces of art that impact, uplift, transport & comfort those who experience them. 

This year, Christy was absolutely thrilled to be selected as one of 8 composer fellows to participate in the highly competitive Sundance Institute Film Music and Sound Design Lab, which took place summer 2018 at Skywalker Sound.

In 2012, Christy was chosen from hundreds of applicants and hired to be Music Director and In-House Composer at one of the largest production music libraries in the world. Through her work at 5 Alarm Music, she has had placements of custom original music and arrangements in major studio features, network television shows and national advertising campaigns. When she's not making music, Christy is spending time with her amazing family, being extremely active in the Star Wars Fandom, and thinking way too much about the Fermi Paradox.

Omri Lahav is a multi-talented composer, songwriter and orchestrator, whose music strengthens many projects across film, television and interactive media.


Throughout his career, Lahav has compiled a robust, diverse portfolio of award winning soundtracks.

Born in Israel, 1985, his musical education began at age 3. At 15, he began working at studios and local production houses. He has since worked as an orchestrator for The Israeli Chamber Orchestra, scored prime time television in Israel and designed soundtracks for games by leading companies such as Intel corp., BigFishGames and DeNA LTD.

Lahav completed his studies at Berklee College of Music in 2014, and moved to Los-Angeles, California in May, 2016.

An award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, Ariel Marx draws from many different genres and often combines orchestral and rare instruments with electronics to create unique worlds of sound. 

Most recently, Ariel co-composed the score for Edward James Olmos’ feature The Devil Has A Name starring David Strathairn, Kate Bosworth, Pablo Shreiber, Edward James Olmos, Alfred Molina, Martin Sheen, Haley Joel Osment, and Kate Asleton. 

She also wrote the score for the Emmy-nominated HBO film The Tale, directed by Jennifer Fox, and starring Laura Dern, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, Common and John Heard // Shawn Snyder's To Dust— starring Géza Röhrig and Matthew Broderick — which won the Best New Narrative Director and Narrative Audience Awards at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, Galt Niederhoffer’s 10 Things We Should Do Before We Break Up(starring Christina Ricci and Hamish Linklater) and Sarah Pirozek's #LIKE (starring Sarah Rich and Marc Menchacha).

 Her scores have premiered alongside films at prestigious national and international film festivals, such as Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW—winning awards at several for her musical contributions. 

Nikhil Koparkar is a composer, performing artist and multi-instrumentalist who creates compelling scores, songs and sound design for Film, Video Games, TV & VR. His music can be found in feature-films, web-series, games and TV underscore for Discovery Channel/TLC Network.

He is the lead composer/arranger for NATURE OF ALL THINGS, an orchestral album featuring folk instruments of India and the Far East. In 2018, he was nominated for a Hollywood Music In Media Award in the “World Music” category for his work on the album.

He is currently the sound designer on the highly anticipated sequel to the game, “Clicker Heroes”, which ranks on Steam as one of their top 10 most played games. In 2014, he was the composer for the popular YouTube web-series, “Brownies” which garnered millions of views over it’s three season run. Through both his composition work and his albums, he has been featured in The Huffington Post, Music Connection and AXS.com

Recently, Nikhil has added cutting-edge binaural and ambisonic spatial audio knowledge to his arsenal, creating compelling environments for VR and mobile games/apps.

 

Clients

MIRIAM CUTLER

Love Gilda, Dark Money, RBG, Finding Kukan, The Hunting Ground, Flannery

Score Supervision,  Orchestration, Music Preparation, In-Studio Assistance


BROCKER WAY

Wild Wild Country (Emmy for Best Documentary Series)

Arranging, Orchestration, Music Preparation, In-Studio Assistance

DRUM & LACE, IAN HULTQUIST

At The Heart Of Gold 
Score Supervision, Orchestration, Music Preparation, In-Studio Assistance

KEEGAN DEWITT, arr. DABNEY MORRIS

All The Bright Places

Score Supervision, Orchestration, Music Preparation, In-Studio Assistance

PENKA KOUNEVA

Primrose Lane, Blue, Life Link, Fitsy

Additional Music, Arranging, Synthestration


JACQUES BRAUTBAR

Joan Jett: Bad Reputation, King of Beers

Score Supervision, Arranging, Music Editing, Orchestration, Music Preparation, Pro-Tools Session Setup, In-Studio Assistance

STEVEN ARGILA

Son of the South, High Guardian Spice, Abe & Phil's Last Poker GameKyra, Who Got Away

Orchestration, Music Preparation, Pro-Tools Session Setup, In-Studio Assistance

MICHAEL McCUISTION, LOLITA RITMANIS and KRISTOPHER CARTER

(DYNAMIC MUSIC PARTNERS)

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, Batman Virtual Reality Game

Orchestration, Copying

STEVE LONDON

Love Jacked

Orchestration, Music Preparation, ProTools Session Setup

CHRIS ANDERSON

Circus Sam

Score Supervision, Orchestration, Music Preparation, In-Studio Assistance

SCOTT GLASGOW

Our Hospitality - Live Score Performance with the Dallas Chamber Symphony

Music Preparation

THE ALBUM LEAF

Music Preparation

testimonials

"Catherine and her associates have been with me through some of the craziest deadlines, difficult situations, and challenging budgets. If you are looking for professional support with the best attitude and go for it mentality, who truly love being part of the scoring process, no matter what role they play, offering flexibility to expand and contract the team as needed, you have come to the right place. Now I can't imagine my process without them"  - Miriam Cutler

"There is a small miracle that Joy Music House performs, and that is instantaneous scalability for any composer’s operation. Aside from her own personal talents, Catherine Joy has a large network of trusted employees and associates who have come to my aid on a project by project basis, and sometimes a day to day basis. You can even call up Catherine the night before a big session and say, “The guy who we hired to do all of our notation has had a medical emergency and we can’t retrieve our sheet music.” And eight hours later, at East West Studios, she will hand you a stack of beautifully notated orchestrations, and stick around to make sure the session goes well."  - Brocker Way

“Working with Catherine is a Joy (pun intended). She is a consummate professional, and adds value to every situation. Most importantly, I have complete trust in her taste and her ability to handle all aspects of the scoring process.”  - Jacques Brautbar

"Working with Joy Music House was an absolute pleasure. We found ourselves in a tight situation with both time and budget working against us, but their dedicated team made everything run so smoothly and efficiently. Working with a team like their's allows you to rest assured that your music will be great hands every step of the way. We can't wait to work with them again!"

- Drum & Lace and Ian Hultquist

"Projects can be chaotic: dates changing, budgets shifting and revisions up until the last minute. JMH made it possible for me to focus on the music, and when our recording day finally arrived, everything was air tight and ready to go. Catherine and her team made the session run seamlessly and allowed me to speak to producers, focus on the musicians and leave the stress of the logistics out of my mind. On the day, Catherine knew the music as well (or better) than I did, and commanded the room to make sure we stayed on schedule and focused and leaving with something we were all proud of."  - Keegan Dewitt

 

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