Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Scoring for Film and Multimedia

Fridays @ 1 Series - Presentations Revealing the Creative Process

Our Fridays@1 series presents conversations with some of the most renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives in New York City and beyond. Our distinguished guests discuss their own creative processes, share their accomplishments and experiences, and thoughtfully critique our students’ work.

David Newman

December 11, 2015
David Newman is one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 25-year career, he has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger, and Heathers, to the more recent The Spirit, and Serenity, Behaving Badly and Tarzan. Newman’s music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; top-grossing comedies Norbit, Scooby-Doo, Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor, The Flintstones, Throw Mama From the Train; and award- winning animated films Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster, and Anastasia.


Shelly Peiken

December 4, 2015
Shelly Peiken is a multi-platinum Grammy nominated songwriter who is best known for her #1 hits "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby". She earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Bitch" recorded by Meredith Brooks. She’s had hundreds of songs placed on albums, and in TV and film.  

Her Serial Songwriter Facebook page has become a forum for all things songwriting and ideas about navigating a changing music business as a creative person and parent.

In June of 2014 Shelly was invited to blog for The Huffington Post. She is well known in the music industry as mentor, panelist, consultant and guest speaker. Her first book, “Confessions Of A Serial Songwriter,” is due out later this year.

Shelly is a New Yorker at heart who enjoys her life in Los Angeles with her husband, composer Adam Gorgoni and their daughter, Layla.

Marcelo Zarvos

November 20, 2015
Brazilian pianist and composer Marcelo Zarvos has written for virtually every medium, from dance to the concert stage, film, television and theater. With over sixty credits on IMDB, Zarvos is an Emmy-nominated composer and is known for his scores for Brooklyn's Finest, Too Big to Fail, Adult Beginners, American Ultra and TV series The Affair, Ray Donovan and Extant.

Andy Bloch

October 16, 2015
Andy Bloch is a founding partner of Human, one of the most highly regarded and successful music and sound design houses in advertising. Since opening its doors on September 10, 2001, Human has garnered numerous awards from Cannes Lions, LIA, Clio Awards, AICP, D&AD, the International Andy Awards, ADDY Awards, International Awards, First Boards Awards, and critical praise from all corners of the industry including several trips to Time Magazine’s Top 10 Ads Of The Year. An active composer, creative director and managing partner, Andy has been involved in the production of thousands of commercials and long form dramatic projects for television and film.

John Benthal

October 9, 2015
Currently touring with Idina Menzel and Ute Lemper, John Benthal has done world and U.S. tours with R&B singer Regina Belle, saxophonist Warren Hill, jazz artists Chico Hamilton, Charles Earland, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and recorded/ worked with many other artists, including: Paul Simon, Peabo Bryson, Harry Connick Jr, Steven Van Zandt, #51 Bernie Williams, Denny Dougherty, Patina Miller, Jane Krakowski, Kelli O’hara, Wayne Newton(!), and others.

In New York, he has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, many jingles and film soundtracks, on-camera mandolinist in the movie “The Royal Tenenbaums”, and was the principal guitarist in many Broadway shows…John is currently the guitarist at Lion King NYC.
Mr. Benthal toured internationally for 10 years with the cutting-edge New-music ensemble “Bang on a Can All-stars” as an alternate guitarist. He has played on soundtracks for several award-winning movies, including: Enchanted, Nanny Diaries, Doubt, Sin Nombre, and was recently featured in the documentary Listen to the World in an interview and demonstration of ethnic instruments.

Russ Anixter

October 2, 2015
Russ Anixter’s many arrangements for brass ensembles have been played across America and in Europe. In November 2006, The Alfred Loefler New Music Symposium at California State University, Chico, featured his composition “Octet for Four Players.” This piece was written for 2 woodwinds and 2 brass, and everybody doubles!
The Queens Symphony Orchestra, directed by Constantine Kistsopoulos, premiered “An Excerpt From Steppenwolf” in May of 2008 with great success. This eleven-minute piece for orchestra was the first movement of a complete “Steppenwolf Symphony.”

Russ is enjoying busy career as a music copyist, and has worked on over 50 Broadway shows, 25 major motion pictures, record dates and for live concerts around the country. Russ has been a partner in Anixter Rice Music Service of New York City since 2004. In 2007, Anixter Rice Music Service supervised the music copying for The Little Mermaid and Young Frankenstein on Broadway and The Radio City Music Hall 75th Anniversary Christmas Spectacular.

David Weiss

September 25, 2015
David Weiss, a New York City based musician, specializes in performing on flutes and woodwinds from many different cultures, including American and Celtic flutes & whistles, panpipes, recorders, Asian and Middle Eastern woodwinds, unusual woodwinds (bass flute; great bass recorder; sopranino ocarina, microtonal woodwinds) as well as western flutes in a variety of styles (rock, jazz, classical). 

Currently, Mr. Weiss performs with Disney's The Lion King for which he is a featured orchestral soloist, performing on thirteen different woodwinds. He co-composed much of the flute music for that production, which has received numerous awards, including a 1999 Grammy. 

Dave is active in the recording industry, and is frequently requested to perform on television commercials, films, video games, documentaries, and CDs. He also serves as an advisor to composers, orchestrators, and fellow musicians on historical and ethnomusicological issues.

Justin Freer

September 18, 2015
American composer/conductor JUSTIN FREER has established himself as one of the West Coast’s most exciting musical voices and has quickly become a highly sought-after conductor and producer of film music concerts around the world. 
Continually composing for various different mediums, he has written music for world-renowned trumpeters Doc Severinson and Jens Lindemann and continues to be in demand as a composer and conductor for everything from orchestral literature to chamber music at some of the most well known concert halls, festivals, music clinics and conventions in the world. 

As a conductor Freer has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming seasons will include his debut with the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic and repeat performances with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis and others.

Jin Ye and the China Conservatory of Music | Traditional Chinese Folk Instruments

February 6th, 2015
Jin Ye is one of China's most exciting and versatile young conductors. Principal Conductor of the China Youth Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and member of the conducting faculty at the China Conservatory of Music, he is equally at home in classical, jazz and popular music.

His recent concert engagements include conducting the folk opera The Wedding of Xiao Er Hei at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in 2010 and again in 2011, and the official recording of the opening ceremony music and national anthem of the People’s Republic of China for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Since 2010 he has been a featured conductor in Peking University Centennial Hall's chamber music series.

Demonstration instruments: Erhu, PiPa and Guzheng

Oz Noy | Electric Guitarist

February 27, 2015

Born in Israel, Oz Noy started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years.

Today, Oz is one of the preeminent soundmeisters among New York guitarists, a veteran of many, many freelance recording sessions in the advertising and popular recording field. He is also a solo artist with a considerable international following. He is equally capable of improvising and performing written material.

Oz will be a featured player on the spring 2015 NYU hybrid recording sessions.

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