The Pepperdine/Pickford Short Film Composition Project

The Mary Pickford Foundation has provided a scholarship grant to Pepperdine University students to compose and perform original music for Biograph short films starring Mary Pickford. Students will be composing scores for the 1912 short films, The School Teacher and the Waif; So Near, Yet So Far and A Lodging for the Night. Filmmaker, archivist, musician and Grammy winner Alan Boyd will be working with the Foundation’s Elaina Archer and Henry Stotsenberg in this endeavor.

The Student Composers

Thomas Yee
Matthew Aune
Andy Gladbach

The following students have been chosen to become members of the Pickford String Quartet and the Pickford Ensemble. They will be preparing for possible live performances for screenings of the films.

The Pickford String Quartet

Niki Fukada, violin
Christopher Hunt, violin
Hannah Samson, viola
Edward Kang, violoncello

The Pickford Ensemble

Stephanie Yoon, flute
Mandy Williams, oboe
Jared Chumsae, horn
Max Ginnell, percussion
Andrew Gladbach, piano
Niki Fukada, violin
Christopher Hunt, violin
Hannah Samson, viola
Edward Kang, violoncello
Kai de Becker, contrabass