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.

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

February 6th, 2015 @ 1pm

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 27th, 2015 @ 1pm

Born in Israel, Oz 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.

Neil Gillis | President, Round Hill Music

November 14th, 2014 @ 1pm

Neil Gillis is a seasoned veteran who has made a mark in song placement, synch, and overall management, Neil has experience with majors, like Warner Chappell, and an impressive group of indies. A musician and songwriter in his own right, Neil brings to his work a true ear and a the sensibility of a music maker. (Please see his bio, attached.)

David Weiss | Woodwinds

October 31st, 2014 @ 1pm

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.

Paul Chihara | Film Composer

September 26th, 2014 @ 1pm

Paul Chihara received his doctorate degree (D.M.A.) from Cornell University, also studied with the renowned pedagogue Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Ernst Pepping in Berlin, and with Gunther Schuller at Tanglewood. He has received many commissions and award, from The Lili Boulanger Memorial Award (1962), the Naumberg Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Aaron Copland Fund, and National Endowment for the Arts, as well as from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Continuum, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He was composer- in-residence at the San Francisco Ballet from 1973-1986, as well as the first composer-in-residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, under Neville Marriner. With Toru Takemitsu, he was composer-in-residence at the Marlboro Festival of 1971. In addition to his many concert works, Mr. Chihara has composed scores for over 100 motion pictures and television series., including work with directors Sidney Lumet, Louis Malle, Arthur Penn, John Turturro, and Michael Richie. Among his credits are Prince of the City, The Morning After, Crossing Delancey, China Beach, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Romance and Cigarettes. He has orchestrated for Gil Shaham and Orpheus, Live from Lincoln Center. Active on Broadway, Mr. Chihara served as musical consultant and orchestrator for Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, and was composer for James Clavell’s Shogun, the Musical. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Mark Shaiman | Composer

September 19th, 2014 @ 1pm

Marc Shaiman composed the music and, with Scott Wittman, co-wrote the lyrics for Hairspray. For their score, the pair won Tony and Grammy Awards. They teamed up again on Broadway for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and Catch Me If You Can (the latter for which Shaiman was a Tony Award nominee for co-orchestrating) and most recently they wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for director Sam Mendes, which is breaking box office records on London’s West End and was just nominated for seven Olivier Awards.

Todd Kasow | Music Editor

September 5th, 2014 @ 1pm

Todd Kasow has served as the Music Editor for all of the Coen brothers films, including Fargo and The Big Lebowski. He has also worked with such legendary directors as Brian De Palma for Dressed to Kill. Todd teaches our Film Music Editing class and will also oversee the music editing for our recording sessions throughout the year. In his presentation, The Art of Music Editing, he drew from his vast experience as a music editor, and focus on the technical and creative flow of the post-production music process.

Rob Mathes | Arranger & Composer

April 18th, 2014 @ 1pm

Rob Mathes is an arranger/composer, nationally renowned music producer/director and a performer. Rob has produced recordings by Sting, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon, Vanessa Williams, Bettye Lavette and the band Panic at The Disco. He is an Emmy winner for his yearly music direction of the Kennedy Center Honors for CBS and he arranged and was music director on Sting’s world tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He musically directed the We Are One-Obama Inauguration Concert at the Lincoln Memorial for HBO featuring Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, U2, Beyonce and others. He has written arrangements for and performed on the Grammys with Bruce Springsteen.

Maria Schneider | Composer

April 4th, 2014 @ 1pm

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart- stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. With that recording, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for her 17-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. Subsequently, the Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries spanning Europe, South America, Australia, Asia and North America.

Michael Bacon | Film Composer

March 7th, 2014 @ 1pm

Michael Bacon is an accomplished composer for film and television, with numerous awards to his credit. He is one of the most prolific composers working in documentary films today. Writer-Director David Grubin’s has defined the style of the historical television documentary through WGBH/PBS’s flagship series, American Experience. A good part of that style can be attributed to the expressive musical framework provided by Michael Bacon.

John Benthal | Guitarist
February 28th, 2014 @ 1pm

John Benthal is currently the guitarist in the Lion King on Broadway, as well as the touring guitarist with Idina Menzel and Ute Lemper. He has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Theater Festival, City Opera, Bang on a Can, Chico Hamilton and Lenny Pickett. In addition to being the on-screen mandolinist in Wes Anderson's Royal Tanenbaums, he has performed on many soundtracks, including Enchanted and the Nanny Diaries.

Marcelo Zarvos | Film Composer
February 21st, 2014 @ 1pm

Brazilian pianist and composer Marcelo Zarvos has written for virtually every medium, from dance to the concert stage, film, television and theater. Zarvos' [film scoring] work has been praised by Hollywood Variety for his "...affecting score, which neither drowns out nor underplays the steady sentiment". Zarvos started his classical music studies as a teenager in São Paulo with H.J. Koelreutter, the West German composer who also taught Antonio Carlos Jobim and many other of Brazil's greatest composers. His undergraduate studies include Berklee College of Music and California Institute of the Arts, where he received his BFA, and Hunter College where received a Master's Degree in Music. Notable films that Zarvos has written scores for include The Beaver, Remember Me, Brooklyn’s Finest, and The Good Shepherd.

George Massenburg | Audio Engineer
February 14th, 2014 @ 1pm

George Massenburg, who serves on the faculty at McGill University is responsible for some of the most renowned recordings and important audio inventions over the past thirty years. He will discuss his unique career, play some highlights, and offer insight into the future of recording technology. This is a rare opportunity to hear from a master whose catalogue spans a remarkable range of genres and styles, including Earth, Wind & Fire, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Billy Joel, Linda Ronstadt, Randy Newman, The Dixie Chicks, Herbie Hancock.

Andy Bloch | Composer & Sound Designer
November 22nd, 2013 @ 1pm

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.

Michael Jay | Recording Engineer, Producer & Music Editor
November 15th, 2013 @ 1pm

Michael Jay is an award-winning recording engineer, producer and music editor, who contributed to some of the pioneering efforts in music technology. Beginning as a composer of incidental music for drama, Michael produced some of the earliest hybrid synthesizer scores, featuring immersive surround sound for productions starring Richard Kiley, John Cullum, and Kathleen Turner. He engineered for legendary record producer Brian Eno, and was engineer/producer for Neil Young’s HBO concert, “Berlin, “television’s first digital mix, and winner of a Monitor award. Michael also engineered “Talk” for the band Yes - the first album to be recorded to computer with integrated MIDI/audio software. As a music editor, Michael won an Emmy award for Stephen King’s The Shining. He has also worked as a studio design project manager, overseeing all aspects of the home studio in which Don Davis created and mixed the score for The Matrix film trilogy.

Jonathan Haas | Timpanist
September 20th, 2013 @ 1pm

Virtuoso timpanist Jonathan Haas has raised the status of the timpani to that of a solo instrument throughout his unique career that has spanned more than twenty-five years. From classical concertos to jazz and rock & roll, from symphonic masterpieces to the most experimental compositions of living composers, Haas has championed, commissioned, unearthed and celebrated music for his instrument, becoming, as Ovation magazine hailed him, "The Paganini of the timpani." His concerts on the world's most prestigious musical stages and his ground-breaking recordings have delighted critics and listeners on both sides of the ocean. The New York Times wrote, "Wherever one finds a percussion instrument waiting to be rubbed, shook, struck or strummed, [Haas] is probably nearby, ready to fulfill his duties with consummate expertise ... he is a masterful percussionist." He has been profiled and reviewed over the years in the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Sydney Morning Herald, Jerusalem Post, Newark Star Ledger, and many other newspapers and magazines as well as on radio and television. He was featured on NPR's Fresh AirDial-A-Musician, which introduced him as "The only solo virtuoso timpanist around, the superstar of the timpani." and on Classical Public Radio Network's Dial-A-Musician, which introduced him as "The only solo virtuoso timpanist around, the superstar of the timpani."

Mitch Coodley: Composer/Guitarist
February 22, March 1, 8, 15, 2013

Composer/guitarist Mitch Coodley offered a presentation focused on Production Music - also called Licensed Music or Library Music. About sixty-five per cent of television music is comprised of licensed music. This music, spanning the broadcast mediums, represents significant revenue streams for composers who create these libraries. Furthermore, production tracks are composed and produced with much more form, formula, and style than one might be aware. 

Jimmy Bralower: Drum Programmer, Arranger, Writer, and Producer
February 15, 2013

Legendary drum programmer, arranger, writer, and producer Jimmy Bralower has worked with some of the most influential artists of our time: Nile Rodgers (w/Chic), Madonna (Like A Virgin), Duran Duran ("The Reflex," "Wild Boys"), Mick Jagger, and Peter Gabriel.

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