Navigate Our Site
Search Site

Film Composer Sean McMahon Joins Faculty of McNally Smith College of Music

Sean McMahonMcNally Smith College of Music President Harry Chalmiers announced today that Sean McMahon has joined the college as a faculty member in the Composition Department. For the past five years, McMahon has worked in various roles on film scores for major motion pictures including “Spider-Man 3” and “Dreamgirls,” and most recently composed the score to the upcoming release “The Grudge 3.”

Sean McMahon is originally from Toronto, Canada. For the past six years he has lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA. While in Los Angeles, much of McMahon’s work on film scores was under the direction of prominent Hollywood composer Christopher Young. McMahon first met Young while attending the University of Southern California – Los Angeles. McMahon completed post-graduate work in Film Music at the school, and Young was on the faculty. McMahon previously earned a Bachelors Degree in Film Scoring from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has also lived in London and Australia.

In addition to “Spider-Man 3,” McMahon’s work for Christopher Young included orchestrations for the film “Ghost Rider” (on which he can also be heard playing a bit of guitar) and the upcoming DreamWorks picture “The Uninvited,” score coordination for “Beauty Shop” and much more. He also worked with successful film composer John Ottman, orchestrating films including “Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer” and “The Invasion.” As a composer, McMahon wrote the film score for the movie “The Grudge 3,” which is scheduled for a 2009 release.