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Compose Carolina: “Moments Original Score” by Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo

July 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Christina "Trinity" Velez-Justo

Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo (b. 1990, Kendall Park, NJ, she/her) is a public speaker and educator, and an award-winning composer for film and media through her business ReelScoring, LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina. She relocated from Los Angeles in 2018 after finishing the Television Academy Foundation Internship in Music and working as an assistant to accomplished film and television composers.

Through film festivals and academic institutions, including SXSW and University of North Carolina School of the Arts (as an instructor in the MFA Film Music program), Trinity educates filmmakers and students on the psychological impact of music and sound in film and how to successfully work with a composer. She also speaks internationally about networking in a disconnected world and diversity and inclusion in the industry and creative classroom.

Trinity is starting her Ph.D. in Music Theory with a specialization in Cognitive and Behavioral sciences at the Ohio State University. Her research will focus on how music cultivates empathy and can change perceptions on gender and race in media.


Join us for the second-annual Compose Carolina, our summer music series produced in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts. This weekly virtual series features the premieres of four original musical compositions ranging in genre and style, written by alumni and students of the UNC Department of Music composition program on a given theme. Our prompt for this year is “In The Now,” and can be interpreted freely by the composers, from the literal to the very metaphorical.

This summer, we welcome three new alumni composers, Trinity Vélez-Justo, Alex Van Gils, and Stewart Engart, for the debut of three diverse solo compositions, as well as a group of student composers and musicians who will re-interpret the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice through their score. On Fridays in July, the livestreamed event will feature the artist(s) in conversation with a faculty moderator, the debut of their composition, and a casual “program notes” conversation and Q&A.

Recording of CPA virtual events is not permitted. Check out their livestream events guide for tips on how to watch on your device. If you have questions or concerns related to accessibility, please contact CPA.


July 9, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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