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Published:August 20th, 2012 19:55 EST
Starbucks Barista Quits Job to Follow Dream of Becoming Movie and TV Composer

Starbucks Barista Quits Job to Follow Dream of Becoming Movie and TV Composer

By Mimi Amaral

Erick Schroder was encouraged by his young wife, Kelly Schroder, to quit his job at Starbucks and follow his dream of becoming a composer for the movies.  Erick`s dream began when he was a child at age six when he began piano lessons; from that moment on he was smitten by the music bug. 
His passion for theatre began when he accompanied a youth musical and later with colleagues underscoring various movies with just the sound of a piano, "It was through these experiences that I learned how music can truly affect the overall emotion and storytelling of the medium to which it is applied."

Erick and Wife KellyErick studied at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and received a bachelor of Music in Composition. He has decided to return to school and was recently accepted into the USC Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program, "This is going to be a very exciting experience for me
being in Los Angeles and working with the top film composers as well as recording my own pieces with the Hollywood Studio Symphony."

Erick has accomplished over 40 musical productions, iPhone Video Games: "Towers of War, Attack of the Gummies," "Full Assault and Smoke Monsters," iPad video game: "Zombie Invasion 2," String arrangement for pop song: "Keep Your Head Up and Insomnia," Entertainment Promotional Video: "Conniption," and Short Film: "Craigslist and Fable."  However, his desire and passion does not stop there, he dreams of much more for the future.

Some aspirations of Erick`s are to work with Alan Silvestri who is known for scoring: "Back to the Future," "Forrest Gump" and "Night at the Museum;" and Michael Giacchino who composed music for: the "Lost" TV series and many Pixar movies such as "The Incredibles" and "Up."  Erick`s ambition is to emulate these composers because he believes a composer needs to know how to communicate emotion without over scoring, "I think what stands out most to me about these two composers is how well they communicate emotions."  An additional interest Erick wants to continue is to accompany musical theater  productions, which he has had the opportunity to do for the past fourteen years.

To follow Erick Schroder`s progression while he follows his dreams, with the loving support of his wife Kelly, go to:,  email him at and/or follow him on twitter at: @erickschroder.