2018 ASCAP Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop

Lillie McDonough


Lillie is a Brooklyn based composer and songwriter for films, television, documentaries, video games, and other media. Her compositions incorporate elements of indie pop, minimalism, traditional orchestral repertoire, and folk influences from around the world.

Lillie is continually inspired by music's power to amplify a story’s emotional depth and meaning. She believes that music in media can open doors to all kinds of narratives with empathy. It is her mission to harness this power through entertainment and connect audiences to stories of purpose that may expand their experience of the world.

Lillie is a winner of the 2017 Elmer Bernstein award for excellence in film scoring and 2016 winner of the Alan Menken Award at New York University where she received her Master’s degree in Music Theory and Composition with a concentration in Scoring for Film & Multimedia. There she had the great privilege of studying with mentors in her field like Mark Suozzo (Love and Friendship, dir. Whit Stillman 2016) and Chris Hajian (The Infiltrator, dir. Brad Furman 2016).

Lillie received her BA from Vassar College in Philosophy and History. When she is not composing she enjoys crafts such as knitting, cats, baking, playing with her indie folk band, Something Else, drinking great coffee, and encaustic painting.


2018 ASCAP Columbia Film Scoring Workshop