Mannes School of Music Alum Earns Emmy Nod for ‘Elf’

The Television Academy, the organization that decides the Emmy Award nominees, is singing the praises of a Mannes School of Music alum.

Chris Guardino, who graduated from Mannes with a Bachelor’s of Music in 1987 and Master’s of Music in 1988 (both in composition), was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on the score of Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. He shares the nomination with composer Matthew Sklar.

Guardino and Sklar are going up against Alan Gilbert (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street), Greg Phillinganes (Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life—An All-Star GRAMMY Salute), Rob Berman and Rob Mathes (The Kennedy Center Honors), Stephn Oremus (The Oscars) and David Chase (Peter Pan Live!).

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas is a stop-motion animated special that aired on NBC and features the voice talent of Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci and Steve Higgins. The hour-long special is based on Jon Favreau’s hit 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell and the Broadway show Elf: The Musical and tells the story of Buddy’s travels to New York City to meet the father he never knew he had.

Guardino’s composer and arranger credits include The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Dictator and Bruno.