Assistant Teaching Professor of Sound Design
Nihan Yesil is an award-winning composer,sound designer, and multimedia artist. Born in Turkey, Nihan started studying classical music at an early age. She received her Bachelor’s in Music from Istanbul Bilgi University in Jazz Composition. Yesil made her debut in the United States at the Henry Mancini Institute in Los Angeles as an ASCAP scholar and received an ASCAP Young Composer Award.
Nihan’s diverse background and expertise in a wide range of musical genres and her passion in the performing arts and visual media led her to designing sound for stage and film. After her M.M. in Composition (UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance), she received her M.F.A. in Sound Design (UMKC Theatre). She was invited to a number of residencies including the Henry Mancini Institute, Czech-American Summer Music Institute, Brevard Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest Festival, Women in New Music, Oregon Bach Festival, Composers Symposium, Escape to Create Artist-in-Residence Program, Charlotte Street UCP Studio Residency, and I-Park Artists’ Enclave Residency where she also served as a selection committee member for the composition program for two years.
As a multimedia artist, Nihan received Charlotte Street Foundation’s 1-year Urban Spaces Artist Residency and was awarded “Favorite Visual Artist” at the program’s biannual open studios exhibition.
Nihan has primarily worked as a composer and sound designer for theatre and film in Los Angeles. Some of the companies and clients she worked for are Black and Veatch, Children’s Mercy Hospital Group, Google, Netflix, and a Grammy Award winning artist 123 Andres. She was awarded Best Original Music and Best Sound Design for her work on the short film Ten Thousand Camels by American Filmatic Arts Award.