Biography - The Story Behind the Notes
Caitlin Foster is a music composer, arranger and orchestrator for film, video games, and concert music. She is currently in her junior year of college at Biola University fulfilling her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in violin. Her career interests lie primarily in film and video games, however, she has written multiple concert works. As a violinist, she has a special advantage in writing for strings and orchestra, however, her focuses also lie in electronic, ethnic, and choral styles. Caitlin has studied composition under Anne Fennell, Alex Lu, Gary Kuo, Mike Watts and Robert Denham.
Caitlin's background in music began when she picked up the violin at the age of eight. Her interest in music composition grew out of a love for film soundtracks, particularly those of Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, and John Williams. If you were to ask her what caused her to pursue a career in composition she would point you to her favourite trilogy and film score, The Lord of the Rings. In her junior and senior years at Mission Vista High School, Caitlin took several composition courses under the instruction of Grammy Music Educator Finalist, Anne Fennell. She wrote orchestral cinematic pieces for almost every assignment, using only Garage Band, while learning the craft of music writing. Caitlin fell in love with the percussion instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the steel drum, when she joined Mission Vista's unique Steel Drum Ensemble. As a high school student she attended ASCAP, met the composers of Blizzard Entertainment, and won several scholarships for her compositions - including the Barta-Lehman Musical Scholarship and the Biola High School Composition Competition. In 2014, Caitlin was accepted into the Music Conservatory at Biola University in the heart of the film and music industries: Los Angeles.
Her freshman and sophomore years of college were marked by full semesters of music courses, attending panels in and around the L.A. area, and stretching herself musically while discovering her unique "voice" as a composer. Caitlin studied composition under film/concert composer Alex Lu (In Pursuit of Silence, Prometheus, Robin Hood) and violinist/composer Gary Kuo (All My Children, The Young and the Restless). In addition to private lessons, she studied film scoring and music technology under orchestrator/composer/arranger Mike Watts (The Simpsons, Passion of the Christ, Elf, The Jungle Book). During her sophomore year, Caitlin collaborated with fellow students to compose the score for her first film and first feature film. She composed, recorded and produced her first independent film score in June 2016 for the short film Tissue, directed by Jeff Schulder. In October of 2016, her concert work for solo clarinet titled Doubt was premiered by the principle clarinetist of the Pacific Symphony, Joseph Morris, after winning the "A Piacere Competition."
Caitlin is currently in her junior year at Biola University pursuing her undergraduate degree in Music Composition with an emphasis in violin. In addition to studying composition, she enjoys playing violin as the Principle Second Violinist in the Biola Symphony Orchestra and learning alongside the five other women composers in her graduating class. Caitlin actively pursues compositional projects outside of her studies to build her portfolio for her future career.
You can find samples of Caitlin's work under the "Music" and "Film & Video" pages or on SoundCloud. If you would like to contact Caitlin about a project or would like more information please visit the "Contact" page.