Studying composition at CCM means more than just traditional exercises in creating original music. The career path of alumnus Michael John Mollo (MM, '05) is a testament to that fact and a perfect example of how CCM strives to train students for arts careers in the 21st century.
CCM's master's program is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study in the composition of music in both acoustic and electro acoustic mediums. CCM's Center for Computer Music also provides studios and opportunities for composition, performance and research involving technology.
A student of Professor Michael Fiday's during his time at CCM, Mollo went on to receive an advanced certificate in scoring for motion pictures and television from the University of Southern California. Since then, he has been steadily working in the entertainment industry scoring films and working on television shows.
It was work on the major motion picture Star Trek: Into Darkness with film and television composer Michael Giacchino that led Mollo into an entirely new field of music composition, though. Video game publisher Capcom was developing a reboot of the popular action-adventure game Strider and, according to Mollo, "They were looking for an electronic infused score, and it just so happened that I was doing electronic programming with Michael on Star Trek: Into Darkness at the time."
Giacchino referred Capcom to Mollo and the CCM alumnus soon found himself working on his very first interactive score for a video game: Strider HD.