GMU-TV Has Its Own Music Composer

Posted: October 26, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Kate Passin

GMU-TV has something not all university TV production departments have: an in-house music composer. Jeremy Koller writes original theme songs and underscores for almost all GMU-TV programs and videos. Koller has been writing and playing music for most of his life, but fell into the composer job at GMU-TV almost accidentally.

Before Koller was hired, GMU-TV never used original music for its programs, let alone had its own music composer. Instead, the television studio used network CDs, which it had to purchase the right to use. Koller started working at GMU-TV as an intern in fall 1998, and when he heard the music the studio used, he said to himself, “What is this? I can compose better music than this.”

His role as music composer took off from there, and he won an award for the first theme song he composed. Koller went on to win several awards and distinctions, including a Videographer Award of Excellence for his original music in the program Time Out with Mike Tapscott.

Koller plays many instruments, including the electric bass, piano/keyboard, and guitar, and because he is able to play a wide variety of music, he can compose and record his music by himself. Koller has already expanded his music-composing career by doing freelance work outside of GMU-TV. He has composed music for the Washington Post/Newsweek.com, Arlington County Public Schools, and the GMU Dance Company.

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