A professional composer since the age of 15, Cavallari began her prolific career with two of the most iconic film composers of all time - Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands, Batman, Pee-wee's Big Adventure) and Jerry Goldsmith (Chinatown, The Omen, Basic Instinct). Her first job was working alongside Danny on The Nightmare Before Christmas, during which Elfman graciously taught her the craft of film scoring and became her mentor. She holds graduate degrees in music from New York University and studied film scoring, conducting, and orchestration at UCLA. Cavallari has gone on to write for over 40 films and television shows, and her exceptional body of work spans the worlds of theatre, commercials, concerts, pop songs, and ice hockey arenas internationally.
Over the last twenty years, Megan Cavallari has proven herself a musical powerhouse and innovator in the entertainment industry. She is best known for her versatility as a score composer and songwriter. A natural collaborator with innate dramatic musical sensibility, Megan has maintained a balance throughout her career between high budget hits like Nightmare or Disney's Handy Manny and artsy, labor-of-love indies. She has enjoyed collaborating with directors like Jamie Babbit, Wendy Molyneux, Rick Gitelson, John Hoyos, and Adrian Selkowitz. Forever fascinated by musical trends, technology, and sounds of the present and future, she has developed a voice that combines modern innovation and color with timeless human emotion and melody. Equally at home in scoring an action sequence, ironic dark comedy, sweeping romance, or children's entertainment, the common thread in all of Megan's work is vivid musical storytelling.
Megan currently lives in Studio City with her daughter Shoshana, and is an avid ice hockey fan and player (left wing).