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Tom Hiel

Assistant Professor of Commercial Music and Media

Tom Hiel is an Award Winning Composer for Film, Television, and other Media. He started playing the piano when he was 4 years old, and subsequently started writing his own compositions. When he was just 13 years old, he won a 1st place award for his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, from the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, competing in the High School Division.

Hiel went on to tour the country with his solo piano, and cinematic synthesizer compositions before settling in Los Angeles. Early breakout films Dark Side of Genus, and Swimming With Sharks led to work on the Hit TV Show, The Practice. Other work on orchestrating, and providing additional music for such films as Red Eye, Angel Eyes, Cursed, Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Rugrats in Paris, Rugrats Go Wild, and others. Other notable films include A Plumm Summer (Henry Winkler, William Baldwin, Brenda Strong), Under Still Waters (Clifton Collins Jr, Jason Clarke, and Lake Bell), and the ESPN Documentary The ' 51 Dons.

Hiel has an MFA in Composition from California Institute of the Arts. Having lectured at UCLA, Loyola Marymount, CalPolyPomona, and the Los Angeles College of Music, Hiel is currently the Assistant Professor of Commercial Music and Media at the University of Georgia's Hugh Hodgson School of Music.

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Film and Composition Certificate student Gianna Dimuzio in the Dancz Center for New Music working on one of her compositions.

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