Marvin Hamlisch Contest Winners & Runners-Up

Congratulations to the winners, runners-up and finalists of the 6th Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest!

Rory Finn (Emerging category) and Daniel DiMarino (Youth category) are the winners of the 2018 Marvin Hamlisch Award. Carolyn Barela has been presented with the 2018 Emerging Composer Diversity Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition, presented by CINE in partnership with The Alliance For Women Film Composers.

These composers will receive a prize package worth over $10,000 presented courtesy of contest sponsors MOTU, Finale, Embertone, Orange Tree Samples and Score a Score. In addition, Carolyn Barela will receive four mentorship sessions with Emmy Award-winning composer and distinguished juror Lolita Ritmanis, the President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers.

Our thanks to award-winning filmmakers Mark Kendall and Laszlo Ujvari for providing this year’s remarkable films for our composers to score: The Time Machine and Virtus Vitaerespectively.

Nearly 700 composers from over 70 countries participated in this year’s contest. Thanks to all who make the Marvin Hamlisch Contest a global celebration of our universal language!

Please note: Portions of the winning and runner-up scores in the Emerging category will be posted soon. Thank you for your patience!


RORY FINN (Emerging Category)

Leicester, UK
Rory Finn is a 25 year old Music Composer who has been attempting to break through the industry for the last couple of years, after taking a break from Chemistry since graduating from the University of Warwick in 2015. He is a keen pianist who has accompanied for choirs, schools, ensembles and theatre groups over the years, and has always had a passion for music for film and composing since high school.

DANIEL DIMARINO (Youth Category)

Owen J. Roberts High School, Pottstown, PA, USA
Daniel DiMarino began his formal musical training at the age of 6, first on piano, and then two years later, on. By age 8, he had composed his first musical composition, which surprisingly, was scored for full orchestra! Daniel’s love for musical composition and his skill in the craft grew steadily over the next several years, and by the age of 12, his first composition was accepted for publication. He began his formal study of composition at age 13. He finds himself most at home composing within modern classical genres or cinematic works for full orchestra. Daniel was the winner of the 2017 National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Composition Contest and had his winning composition “Temptations” premiered by the All-National orchestra, in which he also performed as a violinist. He also was selected as a winner of the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (PMEA) Composition Contest, High School division, in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and has performed with PMEA District, Region, and State orchestras and choirs, as well as the NAfME All-Eastern orchestra. Daniel is a graduating senior at Owen J. Roberts High School, located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He will be attending the Cleveland Institute of Music in the Fall of 2018, as a double major in Composition and Violin Performance.

CAROLYN BARELA (2018 Emerging Composer Diversity Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition)

Presented by CINE in partnership with The Alliance for Women Film Composers
Berklee College of Music, Altadena, CA, USA

Carolyn Barela is a multi-media composer and songwriter. She is currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in Music Composition for Film, TV and Games at Berklee College of Music Online. In 2016, her entry for the International Indie Gathering Film Scoring Competition won an Honorable Mention and, in 2017, her entry placed in the top twelve. She also scored the end credits for the award-winning indie film short, “Sides,” by Trust Fall Productions, and had music featured on Women of Substance Radio Podcast and Zephyr Planet Radio. In May 2018, her first LP, “The Jealous Tide,” an instrumental compilation, was released on various commercial and streaming sites. She has over twenty-five instrumentals placed in various film libraries, and is a contributing composer for Rebel America Inc. Current projects include the score for an additional film short by the producers of “Sides,” and songwriting/arranging for Friday Pop Café Songs working with Record Producer, Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist Jack Chicago. Discover more at


BEAU CASSIDY (Emerging Category)

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Beau Cassidy is a Los Angeles based composer, editor and ARIA nominated songwriter. Born in Sydney, Australia, he spent 10 years as a recording and touring artist and as the singer/guitarist/songwriter for the band Starky he released two acclaimed albums for Universal Music, ‘Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre’ (2003) and ‘Starky’ (2006). In 2007 he was nominated for an ARIA (Australian Record Industry Awards) for Breakthrough Single for his song ‘Hey Bang Bang’. He currently releases music under the name CASTRATII, a collaboration with Sydney-based musician Jonathan Wilson. Their most recent album ‘Eora’, a musical rendering of the Australian landscape, was released in 2013 to much critical acclaim.


BEN HENAULT (Youth Category)

Lafayette High School, Lexington, KY, USA
Ben Henault is a 17 year old composer for both concert and film music in Lexington, Kentucky. His inspirations come from the music philosophies and aesthetics of Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnalds, Hans Zimmer, and many others. Ben will be graduating from Lafayette High School and is pursuing Music and New Media at the University of Louisville next fall.


ZACHARY MOORE (Emerging Category)

Waukesha, WI, USA
Zachary J. Moore (b. 1992) is an American composer and arranger, and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a Bachelors degree in Music Education. Zach, who is a native resident of Wisconsin, attended Muskego High School and began composing in 2009 at the age of fifteen. Since then, he has had the opportunity to take master classes and guidance from some of the world’s leading choral composers including Eric Barnum, Dan Forrest, Ola Gjeilo, Ethan Wickman, Timothy Takach and Jake Runestad. From 2013 to the present, Zach has received an increasing amount of commissions from both choral and instrumental ensembles all over the world. In 2014 the North Central American Choral Directors Association commissioned him for their project, “A Community That Sings.” More recently, he was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Wind Ensemble to write his first ever instrumental work, In Memoriam, for their 2016 performance at the CBDNA North Central Regional Conference. In addition to his numerous domestic commissions, Zach has also received two international commissions as well, the most recent being for the Cheong Gong High School Male Choir, winners of the 2013 International Busan Choral Competition. Zach also served as the 2014-2016 composer-in-residence to The Eau Claire Master Singers. The residency was comprised of five new commissions, one being The Fall of Rome, commissioned for the Franklin D. Roosevelt 75th Anniversary Concert held in Washington D.C., 2016. Aside from commissions, Zach’s compositions have received prestigious performances at state conventions, including Music Educator Association Conventions (Nebraska -2014, Florida – 2015/2017 and Connecticut 2017), American Choral Director’s Association Conferences (Florida – 2015, North Central Choral Director’s Association Regional Conference – 2014 and California Central Devision – 2016). Internationally, Zach’s works have been performed in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, with the most recent notable performance being by the Taipei Youth Choir (2015) at the Taipei National Concert Hall. Throughout Zach’s career as a composer, he has received distinguished awards for his compositions. In 2010 his first composition received third place in the Wisconsin Student Music Association’s Student Composition Project. More recently, in 2014, he submitted an entry to the renowned American Prize national competition, earning third place as well. For information regarding scores and commissioning please visit,

CAMERON MOODY (Youth Category)

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, MA, USA
Cameron James Moody is currently a sophomore at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, he maintains a 4.0 GPA, having made the Dean’s Honor Roll List each semester since freshman year. Aside from academics, Cameron is involved in a plethora of extracurriculars. He is the lead trumpeter in his school’s Big Band Jazz Ensemble and played on his school’s Freshman and Junior Varsity basketball teams. In addition to the trumpet, Cameron plays the drums and the piano. His love for music took root at a very young age. Cameron attributes his exposure to music to watching Drumline as a young child. However, he notes that watching Star Wars at age 5 marks the moment he fell in love with music. His favorite composer is John Williams. He is also heavily influenced by Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat and the Gregson-Williams brothers, and so many others. According to Cameron, “All of them have their own style. I feel that listening to a wide range of composers can do nothing but good things for me in developing my own sound. While listening to John Williams was the initial spark, my interests have expanded as I explore the vast world of film scoring, picking apart techniques of some of the greats.” Cameron aspires to be one of the most well-known composers of his generation. He hopes to win an Oscar for Best Original Score one day. He is constantly motivated by his ultimate goal of scoring movies and will not be deterred until he achieves it. He has begun taking steps towards it, competing in the 2018 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Competition, as well as smaller competitions throughout the year. He is looking to thicken his portfolio in preparation for applying to film school.