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Welcome to Double Dog Music, the home page of film composer Helen Simmins-McMillin.

A Short Bio

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, composer Helen Simmins-McMillin moved to the Los Angeles area in 1986 to attend California State University, Long Beach, where she earned her Bachelors of Music with an Emphasis in Commercial Composition. She has studied with Jared Spears and John Prince. Following graduation, and a long and somewhat profitable detour into retailing, she enrolled in UCLA's Film Scoring Extension Program where she won the BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Scholarship. Recently Helen was selected as an intern for the Society of Composers and Lyricist's Mentorship Program where she studied with Alf Clausen (The Simpsons, Moonlighting,) Dan Foliart, (7th Heaven, 8 Simple Rules, Home Improvement,) and Jay Chattaway (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise.) She is now composing full-time and living near Los Angeles with her husband Rob and their two very bad dogs.

Helen's ability to write in a variety of musical genres has landed her a diverse array of projects including three feature films, numerous television programs, 14 short films and four plays, music for most of which was written and recorded entirely in her own studio. In addition, she has written concert works, art songs, solo instrumental compositions and a few pop songs.

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