Sarah Schachner

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Sarah Schachner
Musical career
  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Cello
  • violin
  • synthesizer
  • Piano

Sarah Schachner is an American musician who has composed scores for film, television and video games. Schachner not only composes and arranges scores, but she also performs in them.[1]


Schachner grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia.[2] When she was five, she first started playing piano and then started playing the violin.[3] She kept learning other instruments, such as viola and cello, and played with both family and in the orchestra and jazz band.[3]

Schachner went to the Berklee College of Music and then moved to Los Angeles.[3] She began to work with composer, Brian Tyler, who worked in film and then started writing video game music.[3] Tyler first brought Schachner in to work on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.[3] Schachner said, "I started doing music on the games for him and I realized how much I loved working on games."[3] Schachner began to incorporate synthesizers with her work on string instruments.[4]

In 2016, Ted Cruz's presidential campaign used one of Schachner's songs, Lens, without permission.[5][6] As the composer, she and the performer, along with a licensing firm, sued the Cruz campaign in May 2016 for copyright infringement.[5]

Schachner also contributed to the Cassini Finale Music Project, a commemoration of the Cassini mission to Saturn.[4]



Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2010 Cool It Ondi Timoner Roadside Attractions Co-composed with N’oa Winter Lazerus [7]
2010 She Believes in Fate Douglas Lamore Charlatan Studios Short film
2011 Remains Colin Theys Chiller Films N/A [8]
2012 Promesas Aaron Celious N/A Short film
2013 UnHung Hero Brian Spitz Breaking Glass Pictures N/A [8]
2015 The Lazarus Effect David Gelb Relativity Media N/A [1]

As other[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2012 John Dies at the End Don Coscarelli Magnet Releasing Additional music [8]
2012 The Expendables 2 Simon West Lionsgate Musical score arrangements [2]
2013 Iron Man 3 Shane Black Marvel Studios Arranger and programmer [2]
2013 Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Summit Entertainment Arranger and programmer [2]
2016 Now You See Me 2 Jon M. Chu Summit Entertainment Arranger and programmer


Year Title Original Channel Notes
2010 Brew Masters Discovery Channel N/A
2011 The Troop Nickelodeon N/A
2015 Chef's Table Netflix Episode: "Massimo Bottura" [8]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Studio Notes
2014 Assassin's Creed: Unity Ubisoft Co-composed with Chris Tilton and Ryan Amon [1]
2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Activision N/A [9]
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins Ubisoft N/A [1]
2019 Anthem Electronic Arts N/A [5]

As other[edit]

Year Title Studio Notes
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Activision Additional guitars & violin
Musical score arrangements
2011 Need for Speed: The Run Electronic Arts Additional guitars
Musical score arrangements
2012 Far Cry 3 Ubisoft Additional music, cellos, violin, and vocals [8]
2013 Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Electronic Arts Additional music, cello and violin [8]
2013 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Ubisoft Additional music [1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Parisi, Paula. "Stalk Like An Egyptian: Sarah Schachner Sojourns to Ancient Egypt For 'Assassin's Creed Origins' Score (Exclusive)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Parisi, Paula (October 24, 2016). "Composer Sarah Schachner Gets Lost in Space for 'Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare' Soundtrack". Billboard. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Ohanesian, Liz (December 23, 2016). "Call of Duty Composer Sarah Schachner Makes Video Games Sound Epic". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b Jones, Sarah (January 2018). "Sarah Schachner: Composing for otherworldy environments, from Call of Duty to the Cassini mission". Electronic Musician. 34 (1): 66 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)).
  5. ^ a b c Carter, Mike (May 12, 2016). "Seattle Music-Licensing Firm Sues Cruz". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 13, 2018 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name ":3" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ Esquenet, Margaret (September 2016). "Copyright Litigation". IP Litigator. 22 (5): 24–25 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)).
  7. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (November 11, 2010). "Ondi Timoner on Bjorn Lomborg in 'Cool It' – Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Music". Sarah Schachner. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  9. ^ Gwaltney, Javy (June 28, 2016). "Talking Tunes With Sarah Schachner, Composer of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare". Game Informer. Retrieved 13 February 2018.

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