As a recent transplant to Los Angeles, Michael Paraskevas is thrilled to join the LACO team this summer. Michael grew up in Dallas, Texas and is finally living out his longtime ambitions of working in LA’s wonderful film and music scene. An enthusiastic collaborator, he also works as a composer and orchestrator, where he enjoys creating and sharing stories with other talented people.
Michael received a BM in Composition from the University of Tulsa where he played several different instruments and was active in many different ensembles. He also served as the music director and arranger for the Alpha Chi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, scored many student films, and composed his own score for George Méliès’s 1902 silent movie, A Trip to the Moon, for his senior project. Michael then trekked up to Seattle, Washington to study with the Emmy Award-winning composer, Hummie Mann, as part of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program. Here he received a MM in Film Composition while also singing with Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Michael has scored several short films and web series, was commissioned to write a piece for the opening of Greenhill School’s new performing arts center in Dallas, and continues to navigate his way in the exciting film world. In addition to the arts, Michael has fully embraced Southern California’s outdoor culture, loves cycling to work, indulges in street tacos, and is attempting to talk Clayton Kershaw into returning to his hometown Texas Rangers.