Sam Lipman

A headshot of Sam Lipman

Lecturer in Film Scoring

Sam Lipman is an award-winning multi-media composer in the Austin Area, where he teaches Film Scoring and Audio Production at the University of Texas. Most recently Sam composed and orchestrated score for Terrence Malick’s The Last Planet featuring the Budapest Scoring Orchestra, co-scored Richard Linklater/Cate Blanchett’s Where’d You Go Bernadette, and composed the all-electronic score for Ramona Diaz' Sundance-Acclaimed documentary A Thousand Cuts featuring George and Amal Clooney. His score for 2017 documentary Southwest Of Salem shortlisted for an Oscar© for Best Original Song In a Movie, and his score for theatrical play Matawan won the 2019 Austin Critics Table Award. He has composed works for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, recorded with members of Miró Quartet, and composed several theater scores for UT Theater & Dance Department, where he held the Composer-In-Residence position for two years. Sam’s classical works are performed internationally, most recently in NYC’s Carnegie Hall. Sam is most passionate about the power of music in storytelling, and grateful for the opportunity work and teach in his chosen field.

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Film Scoring

2021, Apple

Blue Miracle
2021, Netflix

2020, FantomFilms

A Thousand Cuts
2020, PBS

The Eternal Wife

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
2019, Annapurna Pictures

El Vacio
2019, Concordia Studio

Charles & The Duke

Texas Cotton
2018, Indie Rights

2017, Studio Loco

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
2016, Motto Pictures/Naked Edge Films

2016, Creative Action Youth Cinema Collective

Lipman on the Front Lines
Film Score Monthly

A Thousand Cuts: Film Review
February 2020, Variety

UT Dance Repertory Theatre’s Fall for Dance
November 2017, The Austin Chronicle

Contact Information

Campus location
MRH 3.116 G

Teaching Areas

Film Scoring

Research Areas

Contemporary Film Scoring & Production


Master of Music
The University of Texas at Austin

Bachelor of Music
The University of Texas at Austin