Teachers


Don DiNicola

Don is a composer and filmmaker who has written and produced music for Nat Geo, The History Channel, PBS, A&E, TLC, Discovery Channel, CNBC, Style Network, SundanceTV, and HBO networks. His work appears in the Emmy Award winning shows; “Suicide Bombers/Cult Of Death” (Discovery Channel), “The Art Of Failure; Chuck Connelly Not For Sale” (HBO), “Baring It All” (Style Network), among others. In 2006 his feature film directorial debut, “Nowhere Now; The Ballad Of Joshua Tree” (Victoria Williams, Eric Burdon) aired on PBS affiliate KCET in Los Angeles. In 2015 Don directed and produced an original score by Renée Baker, recorded by the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, for the 1925 Oscar Micheaux film “Body and Soul”, starring Paul Robeson. The film was awarded a grant from New Music USA for live performance of the score and was performed at the MCA, Chicago, Ebertfest 2016, and the Chatham 14 multiplex. His animated short “ORIGINS ‘Before There Was A Before’” received the 2016 Phantasmagorical Film Festival’s Best 3D Animation award and stars Fredi Walker-Browne (“Rent” and “The Lion King”). “A Rabbit’s Life; In 3 Parts” won Best Experimental at the 2015 Humboldt International Film Festival. Don is a founding faculty member of the Vermont College Of Fine Arts MFA in Music Composition Program.


Ravi Krishnaswami

Ravi is an award-winning composer and songwriter for media and games. As lead composer and co-owner of COPILOT Music + Sound, his credits include Super Bowl commercials, AAA video games, top-rated apps, landmark retail installations, long running television themes, network IDs, and numerous short and feature length films. His work, for brands such as Bethesda Softworks, Visa, Verizon, GE and World Wildlife Fund, has been recognized by the Cannes Lions, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), Association of Music Producers (AMP), London International Awards, Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards, and the Game Marketing Awards. Krishnaswami is currently a member of the music composition faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, mentoring MFA candidates in scoring for media and songwriting.


Peter Lerman

Peter is an award-winning songwriter and composer for theater, television and film. His hit musical, “Brooklynite,” (New York Times Critics’ Pick) written with co-writer and Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer recently completed its sold-out run Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre. For his work in theater, Peter has won the Stephen Sondheim Young Artist Citation Award, the I.A.L. Diamond Award from Columbia University for Achievement in the Arts, a Dramatists Guild Fellowship, the Jonathan Larson Award from the American Theatre Wing, and the Kennedy Center-ACTF Musical Theater Award. Peter has written music for the Emmy Award-winning comedy “Modern Family” on ABC, is a music and sound consultant for “House Hunters International” on HGTV, and also is developing a musical movie based on his songs and original concept for MTV Films. Peter is a graduate of Columbia University where he studied music. His songs are published by Warner/Chappell Music.