MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM: HELEN SIMMINS-MCMILLIN
Meet the #citykitties creative team – composer Helen Simmins-McMillin
Helen is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where she earned her Bachelors of Music with an Emphasis in Commercial Composition. She has studied with Jared Spears and John Prince.
Following graduation she enrolled in UCLA’s Film Scoring Extension Program where she won the BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Scholarship. She was selected as an intern for the Society of Composers and Lyricist’s Mentorship Program where she studied with Alf Clausen (The Simpsons, Moonlighting,) Dan Foliart, (7th Heaven, 8 Simple Rules, Home Improvement,) and Jay Chattaway (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise.)
Helen’s ability to write in a variety of musical genres has landed her a diverse array of projects including seven feature films, numerous television programs, over 25 short films, four plays, commercials, and two web series, music for most of which was written and recorded entirely in her own studio. In addition, she has written concert works, art songs, solo instrumental compositions and a few pop songs.
After City Kitties, the next project on her plate is The Green Apron, a comic chamber opera depicting a day in the lives of coffee shop employees.