Episode 13

Published on:

25th Nov 2023

A Conversation with Sherri Chung

In this episode, Ruth talks to composer Sherri Chung about writing for her dream project "Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai" on Max; the joys, the challenges and the nitty gritty aspects in writing for TV; her mentorship and collaborations with Blake Neely, as well as her first soundtrack inspirations and projects to her current new show "Found" on NBC.

Award-winning composer Sherri Chung has been recognized internationally as a trailblazing composer for film and television. Her music transcends genre, and fuses inspirations—both traditional and emerging—in support of filmmakers’ visions worldwide. Sherri currently composed the scores for the TV shows Kung Fu (CW), HBO Max/Amblin’s animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai, and most recently, the Netflix feature film, Happiness For Beginners and NBC’s Found, that premiered this October. Frequently recognized for her other television credits, including the CW network series Batwoman and Riverdale, NBC’s Blindspot, and Ava DuVernay’s limited series The Red Line, she has also scored numerous feature films, documentaries, and commercials. Recent film credits include Warner Bros Studio’s Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, and The Lost Husband, the latter which garnered her a Society of Composers and Lyricists Nomination for Best Score for an Independent Studio Film. She also composed the score for The Other Side of Home, which was shortlisted in the 2017 Oscars for Best Short Documentary. Not only a composer, Sherri is also a pianist, vocalist, performer and songwriter. As a vocalist, she has recorded for films, commercials, trailer music, and television (ABC’s Resurrection, CW’s Arrow and NBC’s Blindspot). Her voice can also be heard on the Netflix documentary series The Keepers (which was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Documentary). An active member of the film music industry, Sherri also serves as Governor of the Music Branch of the Television Academy. 

World of Soundtracks is hosted by Ruth Mudge. The Title music is by Edith Mudge and the graphics by Lindsey Bergsma.

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An in-depth look at movie and TV Soundtracks, exploring how stories are told through music and the ways these musical ideas carry both the narrative and emotional journey.
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Ruth Mudge

Ruth Mudge, a former native of Connecticut, is a cello instructor and performer in the Western Suburbs of the Chicago area.  She grew up playing both the piano and cello in a musical household. The love and knowledge she received in that home and teachers she loves to share with others, whether through teaching a new generation of musicians to sharing her musical gifts to her community.
Ruth began teaching Soundtrack classes on Zoom in 2020 ranging from Star Wars to Harry Potter to Jane Austen adaptations. She presented a break-out session "The World of Jane Austen Soundtracks" at JASNA's AGM in 2021 as well as to local chapters around the country. She has also collaborated with YouTube channel "Jorah the Andal" on several videos focused on the TV show "Arrow."