Ronald Sadoff

Associate Professor of Music and Music Education; Composer; Director and Department Chair

Ronald Sadoff

Phone: 212-998-5779

RONALD SADOFF is the Director of the Program in Film Scoring, having authored both its curriculum and core courses. Sadoff composed the score for John Canemaker's, The Moon and The Son: An Imagined Conversation, starring John Turturro and Eli Wallach. The film premiered at The Museum of Modern Art and was awarded an Oscar in 2006. His scores include the 2013 film advocating for gun control, "Demand a Plan," featuring Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2012, Sadoff produced the score for CNN's "Obama Revealed," broadcast throughout the final months of the presidential campaign. For Oscar-winning director Peggy Stern, he scored Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood, which screened at The Telluride FIlm Festival in 2008/09 as part of a Warner Brothers retrospective. Produced for Turner Classic Movies, Chuck Jones premiered on TCM in 2009 in tandem with a group of rarely screened Looney Toons. Sadoff has been featured on CNN, having composed scores for film, radio, and television, including the acclaimed PBS Daughters of the Troubles featuring Angelica Huston, and the Oscar and Directors Guild winning film, Bleach. His theme and incidental music for Public Radio's What's On Your Mind? was heard throughout twelve years of its broadcast. The theme for NYU Doctor Radio, now in its fifth year and heard in forty hours of weekly programming on Sirius Satellite Radio, was co-composed with Ira Newborn.

In a melding of live performance and film, Dr. Sadoff, in collaboration with Tisch School of the Arts Animation Director John Canemaker, produced Toons, Tunes, and Trikfilms, a decade of performances for silent films featuring live ensembles, for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. As part of the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, Dr. Sadoff produced an 80 minute score, composed by his film scoring students, for Rene Clair's 1928 silent masterpiece Les Deux Timides. Performed by the NYU Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Gillian B. Anderson and narrated by Tribeca's then Artistic Director Peter Scarlet, the scores garnered worldwide acclaim.

With "Disney Legend" Buddy Baker, Dr. Sadoff founded the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop, a premiere and intensive training ground, now entering its fifteenth season. The Buddy Baker Film Score Collection, donated by Charlotte Baker, is a part of the Fales Special Collections in the NYU Bobst Library. The Leonard Rosenman Collection, donated by Judie Rosenman, was inaugurated into the collection in Spring 2009. Dr. Sadoff serves on the Advisory Board of the LA-based Film Music Society and is on the steering committee of the NY branch of The Society of Composers and Lyricists. He is an Advisory Board Member for the World Soundtrack Academy, part of the Ghent International Film Festival.

As Creative Director and Music Supervisor, Dr. Sadoff produced interactive websites in opera, film music, as well as the largest live webcast of its day, Michael Jackson and Friends from Munich, Germany. He served as the Executive Producer for the 2004 Koch International release of an all-Khachaturian CD featuring pianist Boris Berezovsky. Trained as a concert pianist, the New York Times wrote, "Sadoff played with a sure understanding of the structural requirements of the music - an impressive, strong, and incisive performance." He was featured on WQXR's Young Artist's Showcase and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. An avid proponent of 20th century music, he premiered works by Prix de Rome composer Kenneth Frazelle, and can be heard on the CD release, New Sounds from the Village on the Capstone label.

With conductor/musicologist Gillian B. Anderson, Sadoff is the co-founder and co-editor of the University of Illinois Press journal Music and the Moving Image. He serves as Chair for the NYU Steinhardt conference of the same name, now in its seventh year, presents over one hundred scholarly papers each year. His chapter “Scoring for Film and Video Games: Technology and the Collaborative Modalities of Post-Production in the Digital Realm” appears in The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, anbd traces the technologies and new aesthetics of music for media. He co-edited the 2005:1 issue of Film International and the Spring 2004 issue of American Music. A dedicated issue to Music and Moving Image, it included his co-written introduction and an article entitled "Composition by Corporate Committee: Recipe For Cliche." For the fifth edition of Guide To Research In Music Education (Scarecrow), he co-authored a chapter entitled "Technology in Music Education Research," the recipient of a Steinhardt Research Challenge Grant in 2001 and the Goddard Research Award in 2003. He is currently developing music education curriculum with the Hong Kong institute of Education.

His 2006 article, "The role of the Music Editor and the Temp Track as Blueprint for the Score, Source, and Scource Music of Film", for Popular Music" (Cambridge Univ Press) provides a rare window into the underlying aesthetic of post-production practices in Hollywood. Dr. Sadoff's discussion of composer Oliver Wallace is featured on Disney's 50th anniversary DVD edition of Lady and the Tramp.