Faculty

Lolita Ritmanis

Adjunct Instructor


A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2021, Lolita Ritmanis is an Emmy Award-winning, and 10-time Emmy Award-nominated composer. Lolita was Oscar shortlisted for her 70 minute symphonic and choral score for the feature film Blizzard of Souls, which in 2021, had already earned her the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Score for an International Feature Film, the Alex North Award for Best Score, the Society of Composers and Lyricists Award for Best Score for an Independent Film, as well as a nomination for the World Soundtrack Award – Public Choice, Latvia’s Golden Microphone Award for Best Instrumental Album, and the Big Christopher (Latvia’s equivalent to the Academy Award.) 

Lolita is one of the founders of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, serving as president from 2016 to 2018, and a founding member of Dynamic Music Partners. In 2019, Lolita was an integral part of the Lincoln Center premiere of Women Warriors: The Voices of Change, where three of her symphonic works received world premieres. Her symphonic work Overture to Light received its 2018 U.S. premiere at Carnegie Hall. Other recent career highlights include her original score for Christmas in Rome for Hallmark, the documentary Wild Daze (featuring Jane Goodall), music for the gender parity series Flip the Script (starring Lake Bell), as well as continued work alongside her fellow Dynamic Music Partners, Michael McCuistion and Kristopher Carter on fan-favorite productions:Marvel RisingYoung Justice, and Batman: The Killing Joke (starring Mark Hamill.) 

Other career highlight credits include: Justice League (the theme, composed by Lolita, received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination), Batman Beyond (Emmy Award Win), Teen TitansBen 10Batman: The Animated Series, as well as composing score and songs for the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated musical Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Mayhem of the Music Meister (starring Neil Patrick Harris). Lolita was an orchestrator on over 100 films, mini-series and television programs including Lethal Weapon 4The X-Files, and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, working with Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris, and Shirley Walker, to name a few. 

She received her formal education at the Dick Grove School of Music, specializing in film scoring. Lolita is member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Television Academy, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Society of Composers and Lyricists, and Women in Film. On May 9th, 2018, Lolita was honored with the BMI Champion Award.