Charlyn Bernal
Composer/Orchestrator
Associate Director/Film & Television Music for ASCAP

About Charlyn


Charlyn Bernal was born in a suburb of Chicago, taking to music as early as she can remember. Her first instrument was clarinet playing in Chicago Youth Symphony, DuPage Youth Symphony, Wheaton Municipal Band, numerous school bands and orchestras as well as local musical theatre pit orchestras, sometimes  doubling on flute and alto sax. In high school she took up classical guitar, voice and jazz piano which inspired her to begin songwriting and start a band playing all original material. She studied for a year at Columbia College in Chicago studying under Bill Russo (founder of The Chicago Jazz Ensemble), however after a summer program at Dick Grove School of Music in Studio City, she moved to Los Angeles permanently, finished a BM in Music Composition at Cal State Northridge and completed the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television at USC. After USC, she won an opportunity to intern with the television composer Mike Post, who was working on Law & Order and NYPD Blue at the time. Mike referred her to W. G. "Snuffy" Walden where she worked for the next 8 years on shows like Providence, Early Edition, The Drew Carey Show, Ellen, 413 Hope Street, Cupid, Felicity, West Wing, Once & Again, It's Like You Know, Maggie Winters, Boomtown, The Tom Arnold Show and The Norn Show. She was fortunate to be surrounded by amazing musicians like Dean Parks, George Doering and Maria Newman to name a few. It was there she met composers Joey C. Newman, Bennett Salvay and Joseph Williams who she also did charts for.

She is currently the Associate Director of Film & Television Music for ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.  
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