Shoghi Hayes


An accomplished and innovative composer,Shoghi Hayes has written and premiered scores for numerous award-winning films in the United States and Australia. His music is known for its beautiful simplicity which elicits attention to drama and storytelling. In 2016, Shoghi’s score for the film Private Eye won the Best Sound Score award in the 72 Hour Mind2Movie film competition sponsored by Rochester Movie Makers. He was also selected as a featured artist for his composition, “In Hendersight,” at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film and Music Festival in Austin, Texas. His music is heard on award-winning short films such as Homesick (2015), On the Wall (2016), The Struggle of Malcolm Young (2016), and Roam (2016) as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival. His most recent works can be heard in various commercials and advertisements by the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Shoghi received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music in 2015, and his Master of Music in Film Music at the Eastman School of Music in 2020. In 2016, Shoghi was selected as one of 20 orchestral film composers from around the globe to participate in the prestigious NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop, where he studied and worked with renowned composers such as Sean Callery, Mark Snow, Ira Newborn, Michael Levine, John Kaefer, and Mike Patterson. He has also worked closely with Emmy award-winning composer of Blackfish and House of Cards, Jeff Beal, in collaborative film productions with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Shoghi continues to collaborate with faculty, accomplished alumni, and students at RIT in cutting-edge film, video game, and commercial productions.

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School of Music Responsibilities

  • Digital Composition


  • Eastman School of Music, M.M.
  • Eastman School of Music, B.M.