Dara Taylor is an HMMA-Nominated composer for film and multimedia based in Los Angeles. She has composed music for a wide variety of Independent comedies, dramas and thrillers and has done additional music, arrangements and score production for large studio productions like Smurfs The Lost Village, Baywatch, Sausage Party, Bad Moms, ABC’s Agent Carter and Galavant, and more. Dara, born in Poughkeepsie, NY and raised in Lockport, NY, spent most of her formative years in gospel church choirs as well as school choruses, bands and musicals. Primarily a vocalist she studied classical voice as a Mezzo Soprano under Judith Kellock at Cornell University. Throughout college Dara became increasingly drawn towards composition and studied independently with Zachary Wadsworth and Steven Stucky. After graduating cum laude in Music and Psychology from Cornell, Dara went on to study Film Music Composition under Mark Suozzo at New York University where she received a Masters of Music. In 2015 she was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award for her score on the film Undetectable. Dara currently lives in Los Angeles CA working on studio and independent projects and is highly active in the composing community.