Hummie Mann Joins Music Faculty at Columbia College Chicago

Film Music Magazine • June 25, 2009

Two-time Emmy-award winning composer Hummie Mann will join the faculty at Columbia College Chicago this fall. Mann, who has scored over 50 feature and television films and has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors, has been appointed as an assistant professor in the Music Department. He will teach primarily in the Music Composition for the Screen Master of Fine Arts program, where he will be teaching composition and orchestration to the graduate students. Mann’s expertise will also support the department’s undergraduate students.

“From the get-go, we’ve wanted our MFA students to have the benefit of learning the nuts and bolts of film scoring from a working film composer,” said Andy Hill, director of the Music Composition for the Screen program. “In Hummie we’ve found the ideal combination of classroom skills and professional experience. We are thrilled to have him.”

Mann’s motion pictures projects have included Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Dracula: Dead and Loving It”, Peter Yates’ “Year of the Comet”, the animated IMAX film “Cyberworld 3D”, the popular children’s film “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” and the Peter Fonda/Kris Kristofferson starrer “Wooly Boys”. For television, he has scored projects for Simon Wincer – the miniseries “P.T. Barnum”, Jonathan Kaplan – the miniseries re-make of “In Cold Blood”, Norman Jewison – “Picture Windows – Soir Bleu”, Peter Bogdanovich – “The Rescuers: Tales of Courage – Two Women”, Joe Dante – “The Second Civil War” & “Masters of Horror: Homecoming”, Jim Abrahams – “First Do No Harm”, Richard Friedenberg – “Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas”, as well as projects for William Friedkin, John Milius and Ralph Bakshi .

He has also conducted the scores to many films including “Drag Me To Hell”, “Ghost Rider”, “The Grudge”, “The Grudge 2”, “The Girl Next Door”, “City Slickers” and “The Addams Family”. Long considered one of Hollywood’s top orchestrators, his orchestration work can be heard on numerous films including “Mad Money”, “Georgia Rules”, “A Walk to Remember”, “Prince of Tides”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “A Few Good Men”.

For the theater, Mann has arranged material for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (starring Debbie Reynolds), “Funny Girl” (starring Pia Zadora), “Perfectly Frank” (starring Cloris Leachman) as well as productions of “Babes in Toyland”, “Kiss Me Kate” and “The Merry Widow”. He also arranged the score for Germany’s “Robin Hood: für liebe und gerechtigkeit”, and conducted the cast album recording at Abbey Road Studios with the London Symphony Orchestra.

His original children’s theater musical adaptation of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” premiered at the Seattle Children’s Theater in 2006 and has been produced in 7 other cities across the US including New York. His adaptation of “The Brementown Musicians” is scheduled to premiere in Seattle in March 2010.

Mann has been sharing his artistry and expertise with aspiring composers for some time. He founded the internationally recognized Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program. He has also regularly guest lectured in Edinburgh and Copenhagen and has twice visited China as a guest of the government meeting with student composers and filmmakers.


By Eric Goetz on June 25th, 2009 at 11:35 am

Congrats, Hummie! They are very lucky to have you. This is Seattle’s loss and Chicago’s gain.

By Deborah on June 25th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Congrats Hummie!!! =)

By Wenda Zonnefeld on June 25th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Congratulations Hummie! Congratulations Columbia College, take good care of him!

By Patty on June 25th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Congrats this is an exceptional move on the part of the school. I have a little under a year to go at Columbia, I hope I get my school money in time to partake in one of these classes. Good Job Columbia!


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