My name is Kory Hilpmann and I'm a musician. I began my journey teaching myself piano starting in the 6th grade and began writing my own songs. I wanted to learn more so I took a few years of piano lessons and then went on to study classical and jazz piano and composition at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Music. I fell in love and chose to pursue a career and life in music.
The path through college led me on a winding road but always surrounding music. I applied to "E-town" for their renowned music therapy program, then shortly switched to music education and discovered my love for teaching. Though I found myself not wanting to teach music in the traditional classroom setting, I discovered a love for teaching lessons one-on-one. So I instead pursued my interests in performing, composing, and songwriting as a BA in music and I minored in communications with a focus in film and media. Now, having taught lessons at multiple music stores & studios since 2017, I've expanded my private lesson practice and developed successful virtual piano/guitar/ukulele lessons as well during the pandemic that have continued to present day.
I've now ventured deeper into the world of film scoring and podcast editing/production. I've edited and produced podcasts with Law&Crime, a branch of Dan Abrams' "Abrams Media" focusing on true crime stories. I've edited audio, mixed and mastered episodes, placed and synced music from libraries to tell a dramatic story, and composed original theme songs for shows and trailer music for promotions.
I'm also an independent artist in the Indie Folk Pop genre with music on all major platforms under my own name.
I'm a film composer for short films and other mediums such as reels, commercials, trailers, audio series, and podcasts. I have been nominated for Best Original Score and Best Sound for my collaborative, co-directed, animated short film Beanstalk in the International New York Film Festival (INYFF) 2021 for my original music and sound design.
I also took a liking to arranging for college a cappella groups from my time at Elizabethtown. I got involved during college and have continued to arrange for male, female, and co-ed a cappella groups, such as Phalanx, Melica, and Vocalign as well as high school singing groups. I do original arrangements for any song in any style. You can also purchase music from any previous arrangements I've done.
Please reach out with any questions on your creative project, performance venue or lessons!