Michael Dean Parsons is a composer for media and the concert stage.

His works have been performed by ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Virtuoso Singers, at venues such as David Geffen HallCarnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall.

For his music, he has received the ASCAP Henry Mancini Music Fellowship, the ASCAP Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, two BMI Student Composer Awards, and a Davidson Fellows Scholarship.

Recent projects include the scores to Only starring Leslie Odom Jr. and Freida Pinto (world premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, to be distributed in 2020 by Vertical Entertainment, co-composer), How To Be Alone starring Maika Monroe and Joe Keery (premiered at SXSW 2019, co-composer), and Souls of Totality starring Tatiana Maslany  and Tom Cullen (screenings at Tribeca, Edinburgh International, and Raindance).

Other credits include score programmer on It: Chapter Two, additional music for Hostile Planet and Bilbyand score technical assistant on Shazam!HellboyThe Darkest Mindsand Serenity.

His music has also been placed in 500+ episodes of series including Shark Tank, Dateline NBC, Dancing With The Stars, 20/20, Final Table and The Today Show.

He has participated in the ASCAP/Columbia Film Scoring Workshop, the BMI Composing for the Screen workshop, and the SCL Mentorship Program.

From 2010-2015, he served as Teaching Artist for the New York Philharmonic’s “Bridge” Composition Program.

Parsons is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Christopher Rouse. He currently lives in Los Angeles.



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