Christopher Lennertz

Emmy-nominated composer Christopher Lennertz attended the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where he studied under the Academy Award-winning composer and conductor Elmer Bernstein. After graduating from the esteemed program, Lennertz continued to work under some of the most respected conductors, including Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris. He began composing music for low-budget films and made-for-TV movies during the mid-to-late-1990s with works like "Midnight Tease," "Piranha," "House of the Damned," and "Art House" before arranging the score for Clive Barker's 2002 horror film "Saint Sinner." This proved to be Lennertz's breakthrough offering as it helped him earn critical acclaim as a new, up-and-coming composer. He built upon his reputation in the 2000s with more music composition in mainstream films and television series like "Soul Plane," the cult hit "Supernatural," which garnered a 2006 Emmy nomination, and the holiday blockbuster "Alvin and the Chipmunks," which earned him a BMI Film Music Award in 2008. Later in the 2000s Lennertz composed the original, tongue-in-cheek music for the spoof films "Meet the Spartans" and "Disaster Movie" before creating the ambient, melodramatic score for one of 2009's most revered indie films: "Adam." He returned to the spoof film genre early in the 2010s with musical composition work on "Vampires Suck."