New York, NY October 12, 2022. The BMI Foundation has announced the recipients of this year's Pete Carpenter Fellowship, a competitive residency for aspiring film, television, and video game composers. Composers Kat Vokes and Noah Horowitz were the recipients of this year’s prizes in New York City and Los Angeles respectively. In addition to the monetary award, Vokes will work with award-winning composer Trevor Gureckis in New York, while Horowitz will be mentored by Tony Morales and Fil Eisler on the West Coast.
The Pete Carpenter Fellowship was established in 1989 by Foundation Advisory Panelist and iconic composer Mike Post, in memory of the late Pete Carpenter, who was Mr. Post’s co-composer of television themes and scores including The A-Team, Magnum P.I., The Rockford Files (for which they won a GRAMMY), Hardcastle and McCormick, Hunter and Riptide. The program which expanded in 2022 now awards two $3,000 stipends for up to five weeks of intensive, in-studio mentorship with established composers in the Los Angeles and New York area, and also offers the opportunity to consult with other distinguished film, television, and gaming composers and leaders in the entertainment industry. The fellowship is open to any composer 21 years or older pursuing a career in film, television, and/or gaming composition.
Over the years, the Pete Carpenter Fellowship has nurtured thriving television and film scoring careers, including those of EMMY-winning composers Chris Beck (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Frozen) and Roger Neill (Chicago Hope, King of the Hill, Mozart in the Jungle), Christopher Tyng (Futurama, The O.C., Suits) and Atli Örvarsson (The Perfect Guy, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD).
Noah Horowitz is a multi-faceted composer whose music has been heard at film festivals around the world. Influenced by music from around the world, his approach focuses on capturing humanity in improvised musical performances and combining genres in unique ways. He is a recent graduate of the NYU film scoring program where he won the NYU Film Scoring Competition, Orchestral Composition Competition and Alan Menken Scholarship.
Kat Vokes is an award-winning composer, vocalist and pianist, specializing in writing for film and multimedia. She is a recipient of the ASCAP Jimmy Van Heusen Award, and is a winner of the Columbia/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop as well as the NYU Film Scoring Competition. Vokes is known for her creative and highly emotive palette and draws inspiration from a wide variety of genres, creating a unique sound world for each project. As a vocalist, she has sung in festivals across the United States and abroad and her debut album, Clockwork, was released with Ropeadope Records in 2019. Vokes graduated with a master’s degree in composition from New York University, where she currently teaches film scoring.