Dónal Rafferty

Colfax, California

About Me

I'm an Irish-born award-winning music composer based in Northern California. I can produce film/TV scores remotely.

I compose music for all kinds of ensembles - including orchestra, chamber, choir, and contemporary bands. I have experience writing in a range of idioms, from classical to Celtic, Renaissance polyphony to avant-garde. My music has been performed in Europe and the USA and used in commercial content by Google. I've also composed for theatre. My musical style is well-informed by classical training, but supplemented by an awareness and understanding of a range of historical and contemporary musical styles.
In 2020, I was a featured composer at Film Independent and SAGIndie's joint 'IndieLink' workshop. I was an award-winner of the 2020 Indie Film Music Contest. In 2021, I participated in the 2021 Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive workshop with panelists Angel Velez, Conrad Pope (orchestrator for John Williams, Howard Shore, and Tom Holkenberg aka Junkie XL), Leonard Slatkin (conductor), William Ross (orchestrator) and alumni Jeff Russo, Fil Eisler, and Cindy O'Connor.

I have a special interest in collaborating with visual storytellers in the environmental activism and social justice fields.

I have been in the industry since 2009.

Dónal Rafferty - Music Showreel
Added on 3/26/2021
A selection of music I've composed and produced for various visual media projects. For more, visit https://www.youtube.com/DonalRaffertyComposer.


Composer – Caminandes 3 - Llamigos (award-winning score)

October, 2020 — November, 2020
Short Film – Indie Film Music Contest

Composer – Music Ident for Video Ads

April, 2020 — November, 2020
Commercial – Source Naturals

Composer – Video Advertising Music

September, 2019 — February, 2021
Commercial – Paul Law Realty

Composer – A Land of Ice & Ash: Iceland

June, 2019 — October, 2019
Online – Eximus Productions

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