SCGC Academy – Michelle Osis: Composing for Horror


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Composing for Horror

In this 4-week beginner’s course on composing for horror, we will be covering a brief history of some of the great horror film scores from Bernard Hermann, John Carpenter, Mika Levi, Mark Korven, and more. We’ll be exploring unusual instrumentation & composition techniques for horror, a workshop on spotting, and composing a piece of music to a scene in a horror film.

Course Level

  • Beginner

Dates (all times are ET)

  • On-line Introduction: Wed07 February 2024 at 11:00 am
  • Class 1:  Thu 08 February 2024 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Class 2: Thu 15 February 2024 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Class 3:  Thu 22 February 2024 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Class 4:  Thu 29 February 2024 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm


  • Napanee, Ontario and online
  • Only six in-person studio places are available

Instructor Bio

Michelle Osis is an Ontario-based composer for Film, TV and advertising. She emigrated from Sydney Australia where she worked as a freelance screen composer and has composed music on a number of award-winning films. Michelle scored the award-winning film Fake Blood (dir. Rob Grant), & Knuckleball (dir. Mike Peterson) co-composed with David Arcus. She also scored the feature film Juggernaut (dir. Daniel DiMarco) where she had the pleasure to work alongside her mentor Mark Korven, as well as Neil Parfitt and Grammy award-winning musician Garry Kvistad, recording various instruments including Mark Korven’s ‘Apprehension Engine’.

You can hear her music on the horror anthology series Urban Legend and The Haunted Museum and on the documentary Unloved: Huronia’s Forgotten Children, for which Michelle recently received her fourth Canadian Screen Award nomination. She is currently working with Mark Korven on season 2 of Billy the Kid for MGM Television. Michelle is a Canadian Film Centre Slaight Music Residency program graduate and holds a Graduate Certificate in Screen Music at the Australian Film Television Radio School and Bachelor of Music in Composition and Music Production at the Australian Institute of Music.

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