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Ashley Irwin
May 6, 2016

Among the highlights of Ashley Irwin's career are his collaborations with Clint Eastwood as arranger and conductor for Eastwood's films J. Edgar, Jersey Boys, and Hereafter. He has provided arrangements for the Oscars ceremony for 25 years, and won three Emmy awards and many more nominations for his work as the Oscars' musical director. He has scored more than 20 feature films, innumerable television movies and shows, and worked as orchestrator, arranger and producer on many more.

Ashley has succeeded in nearly every sector of the music industry. In addition to his work in film and television, he has scored games and commercials; produced and arranged hit records; composed, arranged and conducted in the theatre; and written orchestral scores for concert presentations of prominent silent film restorations. He created the most popular early collection of orchestral samples, commissioned for the Fairlight digital sampling system.

As president of SCL (the Society of Composers and Lyricists), Ashley serves as a committed advocate for film composers and helps provide educational and community-building activities for composers at all stages of their careers. Ashley Irwin's IMDB page. Ashley Irwin's website.

Tom Scott
April 29, 2016

Tom Scott's best-known works are the theme songs for TV series and movies from the 1970s and 1980s — Starsky and Hutch (a track entitled "Gotcha!") and The Streets of San Francisco, and his soprano sax solo and fills on the 1975 No. 1 hit single "Listen to What the Man Said" for Wings. In 1976 he played the theme "I Still Can't Sleep" in Taxi Driver. In 1982, Scott collaborated with Johnny Mathis to write and record two versions – lyrical and instrumental – of "Without Us," the theme to the 80's sitcom Family Ties. His version of "Today" (a Jefferson Airplane original) was sampled in the Pete Rock & CL Smooth 1992 hit "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" In the Philippines, his best known hit is "Keep This Love Alive," which is a cut from his 1991 album of the same title, and featured lead vocals by David Pack.

Chris Hajian and Rob Reale
April 22, 2016

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Chris Hajian began his musical education at the age of five, studying trumpet under his father, Edward, a professional musician in New York City. Chris’ formal training started at New York’s “Famed” High School of the Performing Arts, and continued at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied classical composition. Chris’s composition roots began in the indie film movement of the 90’s. Most notably, he composed the score to Ten Benny, starring Adrian Brody, that was selected for the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. He then composed the provocative score for Mr. Vincent that premiered at Sundance the following year. Chris’s career started to blossom as he worked steadily composing for film, television, and documentaries. He composed music for HBO’s Naked States and sequel Naked World, about the work of photographer Spencer Tunick. Chris’ television credits include an entire season of The Knights of Prosperity (ABC), as well as the theme song for Bravo’s Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

Television films include scores to My Date With the President’s Daughter. Chris composed a period orchestral score for Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (Revolution Studios – Executive Producer Julia Roberts), Felicity: An American Girl Adventure, and Molly: An American Girl on the Homefront.

Feature films include Inspector Gadget 2 (Disney) which Chris recorded in Australia with an 80 piece orchestra in 2003. Next came cinema vérité drama The Take (theatrical release 2008) starring John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez, directed by Brad Furman (2007). Also in 2008, Chris scored Yonkers Joe (2008) This film stars Chazz Palmenteri and Christine Lahti. In 2009, Nursery University, a documentary feature which chronicles the stories of various New York City parents on their quests to get their children into nursery school, had its television debut on the Showtime network. Also in 2009, Chris scored dark comedy feature Ex-Terminators, starring Heather Graham and Jennifer Coolidge. It premiered at the South-by-Southwest Film Festival. Next up, Chris took on the dogs in Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. 2011 saw the release of The Greatest Movie Ever Made, an edgy, comedic indie produced by David Letterman for his production company Worldwide Pants.

Chris composed the score for an intriguing documentary titled Unraveled, which chronicles the life of the corrupt lawyer Marc Dreier, who pleaded guilty on May 11, 2009 to charges in the United States District Court for the Southern District of NY, including conspiracy to commit security fraud and wire fraud in a scheme to sell $700 million in fictitious notes. Unraveled was accepted in to the 2009 LA Film Festival and had its broadcast premiere on the Showtime network. 2010 saw the release of the feature Documentary First Position directed by Bess Kargman. In 2012, Chris scored Kinderblock 66: Return to Buchenwald, narrated by Liev Scrieber. Chris’ most recent documentary score is Men of the Cloth, premiering at the Montclair Film Festival in 2014

Shortly after graduating music school and several years touring in jazz and rock bands, Rob Reale moved to New York in the mid-80’s where he responded to a demand for authentic, hi-end music for film and television and founded the production music library 8118 Music. He gigged in clubs and pits off-Broadway and also began collaborating with his brother Willie in creating musical theater. They are a winning combination: Rob provides the music, Willie, the words. They had several Off-Broadway successes before their production, A Year With Frog and Toad brought them to Broadway and garnered Rob a Tony nomination for Best Original Score Music. While continuing to bring musical stories to the stage, he founded 4 Elements Music with a roster of fellow composers which allowed him to expand on the work he started with 8118 Music.

Since its inception, 4 Elements Music has grown tremendously as Rob and his team work extensively in providing music for major network news, dramatic series and documentaries, film, and commercials. The 4EM library now includes over 5,000 cuts by a roster of over 40 accomplished composers, and regularly provides music for ABC’s Good Morning America, 20/20, and PrimeTime. Other regular clients include NBC, CBS, Showtime, and many others. 4 Elements Music has now recently expanded worldwide, having signed deals with sub publishers and distributors throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.

In addition to scoring for many demanding television and film projects, Rob continues to work on several musical theatre productions, including Johnny Baseball, which will be running August 2012 at the Village Theatre Festival Of New Musicals (Seattle) after a highly successful run at the A.R.T. (Cambridge) in 2010. Johnny Baseball producers are currently planning the show’s route to New York. Outside of work, Rob is passionate about cooking, perfecting his tennis game, and spending time with the production of which he’s most proud, his son Gabe.

Doug Wood
April 15, 2016

Composer, producer, and music rights advocate Doug Wood has written and produced music for hundreds of television programs and commercials, including Saturday Night Live, Dateline NBC, Conan O'Brien, sports themes and promos for ABC, CBS, ESPN and NBC, national spots for Coca Cola, Volkswagen, Verizon and scores of others. A classically trained pianist and oboist, and composition major at Manhattan School of Music (as well as rock guitarist and band leader), Doug is the founder and CEO of the Omnimusic Production Libraries.

Doug is the Writer Vice-Chair of the ASCAP Board of Directors, and serves as Chair of the Operations & Administration Committee, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Chair of the Law and Licensing Committee and serves on the Finance and Legal Strategy Committees. His knowledge of legal issues and passion for protecting the rights of music creators have helped shape many ASCAP policies. As a result of his successful protest in the 1990s, ASCAP implemented the Special Production Music Survey, which has resulted in the distribution of millions of dollars in royalties to writers and publishers.

In the mid-1990s, Doug founded the Professional Composers of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young composers about the music business. Doug serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the Society of Composers and Lyricists in NY, and helped found and direct the Council of Music Creators with songwriter Phil Galdston and composer/songwriter David Wolfert. Doug serves as the moderator for the "CMC Music Biz 101" series of videos on YouTube. He is also the founder of the National Council of Music Creator Organizations. Doug lectures frequently and participates in webcast forums discussing media music, music licensing and the rights of composers and songwriters.

Roy Hendrickson
March 11, 2016
Roy Hendrickson came up under Tony Bongiovi’s tutelage during The Power Station days. He worked there for over six years and left as a freelance engineer in the early 1990’s. After working all across the country and at a multitude of studios, Roy came back to New York to establish his home base in Manhattan and forming an association with Avatar Studios. Roy has helped design and fine-tune the acoustics for Studio G, the mastering room, Studios E and W. All the rooms have received favorable reviews from our clients.

As an engineer, Roy has worked with a wide variety of artists in many different genres including B.B. King, Missy Elliott, Blondie, Cheap Trick, P.O.D., Gavin DeGraw, Miles Davis, Peter Paul & Mary, Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Judy Collins, Gato Barbieri, Pat Metheny, Al di Meola, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Golub, Philippe Saisse, Roberta Flack, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Tal Wilkenfeld, and Nicole C. Mullen.

Joe Salvo
March 3, 2016

Joe Salvo, an entertainment lawyer, is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Sesame Workshop. He is a leading expert on music rights, copyright law and digital frontiers in music. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, he worked at Sony, Arista Records, and HIT Entertainment. He has also served as President of the Copyright Society of the USA, and is an adjunct professor at St. John's University Law School.

Joe has overseen business and legal matters for all forms of audio and audiovisual production and licensing, including film, television, audio, digital services, home video, publishing and consumer products. He has handled negotiations and written contracts for such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Yo Yo Ma, and John Mayer.

Oz Noy
February 19, 2016

Oz Noy 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.



Collailm Duo- Karina Gallagher and Aiveen Gallagher
February 5, 2016


Since their debut in 2014, Collailm Duo have been dazzling audiences in Europe with their passion, virtuosity, and technical brilliance, winning prizes at international chamber music competitions in France and Italy. They will read, perform and discuss new word composed for them by NYU graduate composers.


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 for The Lion King.
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
February 6, 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
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.

Neil Gillis
November 14, 2014
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
October 31, 2014

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
September 26, 2014

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
September 19, 2014

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
September 5, 2014

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
April 18, 2014

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
April 4, 2014

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
March 7, 2014

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
February 28, 2014
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
February 21, 2014
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
February 14, 2014
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
November 22, 2013
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
November 15, 2013
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
September 20, 2013
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
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
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.

Elliot Scheiner
December 14, 2012

Legendary pop engineer Elliot Scheiner has worked with Steely Dan, The Eagles, Chaka Khan, Faith Hill, B.B. King, and Aerosmith. He has received 23 GRAMMY® nominations, with six wins, three EMMY® nominations, with one win, and six TEC Award nominations, with three wins and induction into the TEC Hall of Fame.

Pete Ganbarg
December 7, 2012

Pete Ganbarg is Executive Vice President of Atlantic Records who has worked with artists such as Santana, Michael Jackson, and Celine Dion. Previously, as the founder of the A&R consulting company Pure Tone Music, his clients included Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, David Cook, Train, Kenny G, Aaron Neville Donna Summer, and Chaka Khan.

Keith D’Arcy
November 30, 2012

With 18 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor for EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and ad agency Bates Worldwide, Keith D'Arcy has placed hundreds of songs and master recordings in campaigns for global brands like Nike, Mercedes, BMW, Intel, Fidelity, American Express, Pepsi, Fisher Price, Northwest Airlines, Heineken, and Viagra. He’s also an avid vinyl collector and has produced, written liner notes, and overseen audio re-mastering for approximately 20 catalog reissue projects for third party companies like Sundazed, Rev-Ola, Finders Keepers, and The Numero Group.

Ralph Murphy
November 16, 2012

Murphy, a songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living ding what they love to do. Add to that the platinum records as a producer, the widely acclaimed "Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting" articles used as part of curriculum at colleges, universities, and by songwriter organizations, his success as the publisher and co-owner of the extremely successful Picalic Group of Companies and you see a pattern of achievement based on more than luck.

Marc Copely
October 12, 2012

Guitarist, songwriter, and producer Marc Copely has appeared on VH1, MTV2, and features in publications from Billboard to GQ Magazine. He toured as a solo artist supporting Coldplay, Our Lady Peace, Vanessa Carlton, and many others. His second solo effort, Harp & Plow, released in 2009, was pre-nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in the Best Americana Album category, and chosen as an Editors' Pick in the June, 2010 Issue of Guitar Player magazine. Marc has co-written and produced such notable songs as "Midnight Run" (recorded by Willie Nelson and can be heard in the Weinstein Company film Lawless), "Breathe Into You" with Carole King, and “Little White Lies,” which is featured in the film Butter, starring Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman. His songs have been heard on numerous TV shows, including Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Brothers and Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, Pawn Stars, Cajun Pawn Stars, American Restoration, NY Ink, Psychic Kids, and others.

Tim Starnes
October 5, 2012

Tim Starnes is a film music editor and engineer who recently worked Howard Shore’s score for Hugo, A Dangerous Method, and Twilight: Eclipse. He also assisted Alexandre Desplat on the recording of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and edited the music for Barry Levinson’s The Bay.  He also supervised the music production on the Indian features Dekh Indian Circus, Aarakshan, and Raajneeti, and the Korean feature Poongsan (2011). He also edited the music for Marcelo Zarvos on the feature films The Beaver, Remember Me, and Sin Nombre.  In addition, he worked on Der Grosse Kater, The Informant!, Taking Woodstock, Soul Men, and Doubt.  He also worked as a music editor on DeNiro's The Good Shepherd, Martin Scorcese's The Departed and The Aviator, and on Peter Jackson’s King Kong and The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King feature films and DVDs.

Jonatha Brooke
Sept 28, 2012

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since her early days in Boston with her band The Story, which released two albums, Grace in Gravity and The Angel in the House, on Elektra Records. In 1995, Ms. Brooke released the first of two solo albums on MCA/Universal, Plumb, followed by Ten Cent Wings in 1997. In 1999 she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records and has since released six more albums. Her latest, The Works, combines previously unheard, unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics with her own music and arrangements. Ms. Brooke has written for three Disney films, has had songs included in many television shows and composed the theme song for Joss Whedon's television series Dollhouse. Currently she is working on two theatrical musical projects - Quadroon, with legendary contemporary jazz pianist Joe Sample; and My Mother Has Four Noses, a multi-media musical play that is an intimate account of her experience caring for her mother who endured dementia.

Sergi Casanelles
September 7, 14, 21, 2012

Born in Barcelona in 1980, Sergi is a New York-based composer and orchestrator for concert and film music. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Film Music Composition at NYU with support from the NYU Steinhardt Doctoral Award. He holds a Masters Degree in Film Scoring (NYU, 2011), as a recipient of the La Caixa Fellowship Program (Fulbright equivalent). In Barcelona, he studied Piano, Theory, Composition and Computer Science.

He has written pieces for different ensembles and scored films as well as collaborated with other composers on feature films. He recently presented a paper at the Music and Moving Image (MaMI) conference (NYU 2012) exploring a redefinition of the concept of Film Diegesis. He is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching Composition and Film Music. In addition, he regularly teaches music technology to film composers.

Mark Snow
January 27, 2012

Mark Snow is one the most recognized television composers over the past three decades. Born in New York, he grew up in Brooklyn, graduating from the High School of Music and Art (1964) and, afterwards, the Juilliard School of Music. With fellow oboist Michael Kamen, he formed the New York Rock & Roll Ensemble. Among his most iconic compositions is the theme music for sci-fi television series The X-Files, which reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart. He also composed the score for the television movie Dirty Pictures, the series Smallville, Millenium and One Tree Hill.  In addition, Snow has composed music for video games such as Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror and Urban Assault.  

Snow has been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards and won 34 ASCAP awards. He was nominated for a Cesar Award for his work on the film Coeurs directed by French director, Alain Resnais. Snow has also worked on Resnais's film Les herbes folles. He is currently working on two television series: Blue Bloods and Ringer.

Mark has been part of the core faculty for the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker for the last six years. For this afternoon, Mark described his experience in the business and shared his expertise through thoughtful critiques of our student's scores-in-progress.

John Doelp
John Esposito
April 20, 2012

John Doelp has worked at all levels of the music industry as a performer, arranger, producer, and record company executive.  Currently, he is senior vice president of A&R and Marketing at Columbia Records, where he works with new and established artists, such as John Legend, Frankie J, and Ricky Martin, and is leading a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil.  Previously, Doelp was president of Crescent Moon Records, a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment. While at Epic Records, he created marketing plans and launched such successful projects for recordings by Pearl Jam, the Spin Doctors, Michael Jackson, and Gloria Estefan, and the soundtracks from Sleepless in Seattle and Forrest Gump.

John Esposito is President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville, a division of Warner Music Group that comprises Warner Bros. Nashville, Atlantic Nashville, Elektra Nashville and Word Label Group.

Esposito joined WMG from The Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ) where, as General Manager/Executive Vice President, he managed the company’s day-to-day operational activities. Esposito was one of the original architects of IDJ and helped lead it to become one of the industry’s leading record companies.

Esposito also serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Country Music (ACM), the Country Music Association (CMA) as well as serving on the Nashville Music Council.

Barry Eastmond
April 6, 2012

One of the most prolific R&B/Pop songwriter/producers, Barry Eastmond has over sixty gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums by some of the most important contemporary artists, notching up cumulative sales of over 80 million copies. Barry has been responsible for hit records by: Anita Baker, Brandy, Britney Spears, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Tamia, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Kenny Lattimore, Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean, Freddie Jackson, Al Jarreau, Will Downing, Vanessa Williams, Regina Belle, Barry White, and George Benson, to name just a few. He produced the certified-gold Anita Baker album My Everything for Blue Note Records, which included a collaboration with Babyface. He composed and co-produced the title song for Whitney Houston's Christmas album One Wish, as well as new 16-year-old prodigy Karina Pasian on Def Jam, who was nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B album.

Robert Lamm
November 11, 2011

Robert William Lamm is an American keyboardist, singer and songwriter who came to fame as a founding member of the pop rock band Chicago. He wrote many of the band's biggest hits, including "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?," "Beginnings," "Saturday in the Park," "Dialogue," and "25 or 6 to 4."

Kurt Elling
November 9, 2011

Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association numerous times over the past ten years, and has been the perennial winner of the DownBeat Critics Poll. He is a Grammy winner, and every record he has recorded has been Grammy nominated. Elling’s rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technical mastery and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing, and dynamics is more like a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than a vocalist. His repertoire includes original compositions and modern interpretations of standards, all of which are springboards for inspired improvisation, scatting, spoken word, and poetry. His conversation with Phil Galdston was enlightening in terms of Elling's focus on his creative process and in envisioning the developing of a career as a performer.

Richard Stumpf
November 11, 2011

Richard Stumpf is currently the President of Imagem Music, US, a Dutch-owned company controlling publishing from renowned brands such as Rodgers & Hammerstein, Boosey & Hawkes, Zomba, Irving Berlin and Rondor. Richard oversees the growth and management of the Imagem Music US publishing division. Prior to Imagem, he served as Senior VP of Licensing for Cherry Lane Publishing, then the largest independent publishing company, overseeing such catalogues as Dreamworks and Elvis Presley. Stumpf has worked with a wide range of artists, now including Phil Collins and contemporary stars like Vampire Weekend and Temper Trap. He brought an experienced and focused sensibility to his critiques of our student's songs.

Irwin Robinson
December 16, 2011

Irwin Z. Robinson was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Famous Music Publishing, where his mandate was to grow the company domestically and internationally. Within eight years, Famous had moved solidly into the mainstream of contemporary music by streamlining and modernizing its operations, dramatically expanding its catalogue and activities and moving aggressively into the global arena. Robinson formerly served as Chairman of Paramount Allegra Music, the worldwide music publishing division of Viacom's Paramount Pictures. When Viacom sold Famous to Sony/ATV in 2007, it was ranked as one of the industry's top 10 companies.  Irwin has been an inspiring presence for faculty and students in Steinhardt's Music Business Program for a number of years, and for this week's conversation with Phil Galdston, he shared the breadth of his unique historical perspective of the industry with our graduate songwriters and film scoring majors.

undefinedRichard Stumpf
December, 2010

Richard Stumpf, President of Imagem Music USA, wasmost recently the Senior Vice President of Creative Services & Marketing atCherry Lane Music, where he oversaw writer and joint venture signings, catalogacquisitions, and copyright exploitation.  Richard's roster at Cherry Laneincluded such artists as The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Mick Mars, DavidCook, Quincy Jones, Wolfmother, and The Sex Pistols. He sits on Boards for theAmerican Association of Independent Music and the Association of IndependentMusic Publishers.

Through the lens of his own successful career, Stumpfpresented an overview and drew on focused and detailed examples from his ownexperience in giving students a grounding in the world of music publishing. Richard fielded many questions and offered invaluable insights into how anartist builds a stronger career through an enhanced sense of the pivotal rolethat publishing plays. 

undefinedJoel Beckerman
December, 2010

An NYUgraduate, Beckerman has written and produced music for award-winning campaignsfor top marketers like Nike, Pepsi, Mercedes, United Airlines, and Lipton. Joelpresented examples of his work and discussed his own creative process and thedelicate balance that must answer to the needs of both music and client. He critiqued student works and provided artistic and practical insights intohis work. 

Paul Chihara
September 2010

Paul Chihara is Professor and Chair of the Composition for   Visual Media program at UCLA.   "Crossing Delancey" and "China Beach" are among his scores for film and TV.  His concert works have been widely recorded and performed by leading orchestras of  including Boston, Los Angeles, and Cleveland.  

Chihara critiqued NYU student's concert works and film scores.  Addressing his career and extraordinary compositional breadth, he discussed the integral mix of talent, technique, business and interpersonal acumen.

Mark Isham
December, 2009

A versatile artist drawing on consummate skills as composer, jazz performer and electronic sound sculptor, Mark Isham demonstrated two versions of a cue from his score to the Oscar-winning film Crash (2004). In adapting his score to the demands of the narrative and directorial vision, a constitutive accounting of his compositional process emerged.




Roy Prendergast

Roy Prendergast
November, 2009

One of Hollywood’s most venerable music editors, Roy Prendergast chronicled his temp track and thus traced the veritable odyssey of the score for Wolfgang Peterson’s acclaimed Troy (2004). We were afforded a sense of the dynamic relationships that transpire between composer, music editor, and director, as well as the interlacing roles that temp tracks and audience previews play in the development of the final score.