Scoring for Film and Multimedia

Film Scoring News Archives



Recent projects produced by the Film Scoring Program include:


In April 2010, three beautiful silent-era films from Spain featured live musical accompaniments conducted by Gillian Anderson and performed on two pianos by Steinhardt alums Max Midroit and Ju-Ping Song.  Composers Sergi Casanelles, Elias Constantopedos, Shruti Kumar, Dosia McKay, Mira Eom, and Inyoung Park, under the direction of Peggy Parsons, Director of the National Gallery's Film Division, were commissioned to create period style scores.
The lively streets, cafés, and neighborhoods of Barcelona provide the setting for many well-known native artists, musicians, writers, and cultural icons of the 1920s. The new musical scores drew inspiration from Catalonia’s composers and reshaped their musical world to create a new synthesis.
In Playa y Costa Brava (1934), city dwellers embark for the tranquil ambience of the beach, and The Electric Hotel (1908) provides a delightful futuristic vision inspired by the renowned "cinémagician" Georges Méliès. The show, noted in the Washington Post and in press throughout Spain, was produced by Ron Sadoff and Gillian Anderson.


Providing original music and music editing services, the Film Scoring Program and the Department of Cinema Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts collaborated for the 2008 and 2010 Orphan Film Symposiums.  For the 2010 Symposium, film scoring majors Agatha Kasprzyk and Rafaël Leloup composed an original electroacoustic score for A Trip Down Market Street (1905), which was performed in a live, accompanied screening at the SVA Theatre (formerly the chelsea West Cinema and originally the RKO 23rd St. Theatre). For the 2008 Symposium, students composed original music for films, including one depicting on a 1968 protest of Dow Chemical Corporation.  In addition, Cinema Studies and Film Scoring students collaborated on a variety of foreign films, providing music informed by culturally and historically based research.


In Spring 2008, students had the unique opportunity to compose a collaborative score for the 1929 silent masterpiece TWO TIMID SOULS (LES DEUX TIMIDES), written and directed by René Clair.  The score, presented in two screenings as part of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, was performed live to film by the NYU Chamber Orchestra under internationally acclaimed Gillian B. Anderson, a premiere musicologist and active conductor in silent film score performance.


Over twenty Film Scoring students participated in arranging and producing thematic and 'bumpers' for forty hours per week of live radio programming.  Based on the Lancome Medical Center theme, composed by Ron Sadoff and Ira Newborn, NYU Doctor Radio can be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 114.


Film scoring composers routinely compose, orchestrate, and conduct small and large ensembles as well as the NYU Symphony Orchestra.  Recording sessions conducted throughout the year, feature ensembles comprised by New York City's top-tier studio musicians and our top instrumentalists. Our recording sessions embody the ongoing collaborative efforts that draw together programs in Music Technology, Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies, and Music Composition.


The Department of Music and Performing Arts offers a warm, supportive, and collegial atmosphere. Students attend master classes with today's leading professionals. Students enjoy the support of the faculty and their peers. Our reputation, faculty, and location provide students with a unique opportunity to develop as composers and performers and to make the contacts necessary to launch a professional career.

In addition to programs in Music Composition and Music Technology, the Department's internationally renowned programs of study in Music Performance (classical, jazz and music theatre), Music Business, and Music Education provide a rich and valuable array of elective courses for film scoring students that prepare them for an ever-changing music industry and musical climate. All NYU Steinhardt music students also benefit from the extraordinary opportunities available through the diverse offerings of a major research and arts university in the cultural capital of the world, New York City.