Composer to lead college's film scoring department

George S. Clinton, the composer behind such films as “Austin Powers,” “The Astronaut’s Wife” and “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” has been named chair of Berklee College of Music’s Film Scoring Dept.

“(Clinton’s) not only at the top of his game in the film industry, he also gives back to the film music community,” said Berklee president Roger H. Brown. “He has mentored young composers internationally and at the Sundance Institute’s Composers Labs for over a decade. His combination of wisdom, artistry, entrepreneurial spirit, and contemporary skills is exactly what our students need.”

Added Clinton in the announcement: “Berklee is a music mecca and, as far as I’m concerned, president Roger Brown and provost Larry Simpson are rock stars. The Film Scoring Dept. has an amazingly talented faculty, most of whom, like me, are working composers themselves.”

Clinton’s music has been recorded by Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker and Smokey Robinson, among others. He has won nine BMI Film Music Awards and is the recipient of the performing rights org’s highest honor, the Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award for Musical Excellence.

Berklee’s 32-year-old Film Scoring Dept. was one of the first to offer a degree program in the discipline.

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