About Drew Mikuska
Drew Mikuska (b. 1994, Chicago, IL) is a film composer, conductor, and orchestrator living and working in Los Angeles, CA. With a strong background in film and musical theatre which began at a young age through film acting in Los Angeles and the Broadway-in-Chicago stages, he finally discovered his passion for musical storytelling in high school after hearing the score to Hitchcock’s Vertigo by Bernard Herrmann.
Currently, Mikuska is collaborating with composer Anton Sanko (Rabbit Hole, Ouija) as an orchestrator, arranger, and conductor on Sanko's current feature film project. Throughout the fall and winter of 2017, Mikuska also had the incredible privilege of working closely with composer Layla Minoui (The Mad Whale, Castle) as a scoring arranger on her score for Disney's animated television series "Vampirina." After graduating from USC's Scoring Program, Mikuska assisted former teacher Patrick Kirst on a Netflix feature film project due for release this Spring. Mikuska also has had the opportunity to intern as a studio assistant with a variety of film composers in Los Angeles, including Joe Trapanese (Straight Outta Compton, The Divergent Series, Tron); at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions; and with Gabriel Mann (Modern Family, Rectify, School of Rock). Mikuska has also worked with film composers Peter Golub, Jake Monaco and Andrew Hewitt in the capacity of completing additional programming, score preparation and mockup work.
Mikuska recently completed a fellowship in the 2018 Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive; under the mentorship of Conrad Pope, Bill Ross and Angel Velez, he had the opportunity to hone his conducting skills while working with various Los Angeles-based ensembles, including the Hollywood Studio Symphony, Helix Collective, and USC Symphony Orchestra for four days on the Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage. Through this workshop, he also was able to record a new original cue, "The Witching Hour," with a full studio orchestra. In the summer of 2017, Mikuska participated in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis: during this month-long, immersive program, Mikuska had the opportunity to record an original composition with a 64-piece orchestra of LA's finest musicians on the 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage, joined by a legendary scoring mixer, music editors, copyists and professional composers acting as mentors. Mikuska was recognized with the ASCAP Foundation Michelle and Dean Kay Award for his participation in this program and his re-scoring of a fantastical scene from Disney's "Cinderella" (2015). Mikuska was also able to participate in the 2016 NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop where he was mentored by a gamut of esteemed film & television composers (including Sean Callery, Mark Snow, Ira Newborn, and Mark Suozzo). Through this program, he had the unique opportunity to re-score a scene from "Bruce Almighty" (2003) for a chamber orchestra comprised of musicians from the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and recorded at New York University.
Mikuska completed his Masters of Music in Screen Scoring from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music in May, 2017. He had the incredible honor to study with many working film music veterans, including Bruce Broughton, Christopher Young, Garry Schyman, Patrick Kirst, Eric Schmidt, Jon Burlingame, Chris Brooks, Dennis Sands and Dan Carlin. During his time at USC, he was awarded the ASCAP Betty Rose Award & Scholarship, which is presented each year to an "outstanding, promising composer participating in The ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence Program at the University of Southern California." Mikuska graduated with honors in the spring of 2016 from USC Thornton’s undergraduate program where he achieved a Bachelor of Music in Composition, having studied privately with composers Ted Hearne, Andrew Norman, Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, Donald Crockett and Morten Lauridsen. During his time at USC, Mikuska also music directed and sang baritone in USC’s “Reverse Osmosis,” an award-winning and multi-album coed a cappella group. He was also a member of the USC Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe, in which he sang baritone/bass.
Over the past several years, aside from working on many projects for the aforementioned composers, Mikuska has also closely collaborated with countless young directors in Los Angeles and the USC School of Cinematic Arts on over 25 original short film scores – from fully synthetic scoring, to conducting and recording live scoring sessions, to a hybrid of both. He has continued to collaborate with many of the directors he met during his time at USC on more scoring projects since graduation.