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Recording Sessions at NYU Screen Scoring 

As an undergraduate or graduate Screen Scoring student, you will participate in many recording sessions that serve as laboratories for current scoring practices. These sessions are designed to incorporate contemporary production methods and to practice modern scoring aesthetics. Our numerous and eclectic recording sessions prepare you for every step of the recording process, and develop our students into the versatile and skillful composers the industry now demands.

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Student producing a hybrid recording session

Hybrid Recording Sessions

You will participate in multiple hybrid recording sessions every year in which you will have the opportunity to write for top industry soloists who record over the music you create using sample libraries and synthesizers. Learn how to produce their own sessions, work with players, and use best practices while producing top quality professional demos with a combination of live and virtual instruments.

Student and faculty reviewing orchestral score

Student and faculty reviewing orchestral score

Orchestral Recording Sessions

You will record with multiple orchestral ensembles, including the NYU Symphony as the hands-on laboratory for the Advanced Orchestration class.

Our second-year graduate students and undergraduate seniors write pieces for both string and full orchestra which are recorded remotely with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra via Musiversal. Musiversal, founded by Screen Scoring alumnus André Miranda, has become an essential remote recording service to the film music and songwriting industries. Screen Scoring students attend the remote sessions in real time via a high-speed audio/video system, reflecting real world recording situations.


Film Scoring Competition - Live Performance of the Winners

Film Scoring Competition - live performance of the winners' scores

NYU Film Scoring Competition

As a Screen Scoring student, you are eligible to participate in our annual NYU Film Scoring Competition. You may submit a score for one of several animated films created by the NYU Tisch animation class. The winning composers have their pieces performed and recorded by the NYU Symphony Orchestra as part of the orchestra’s concert series.

NYU Steinhardt screen scoring performs on stage before live audience

Contemporary Music Ensemble

The NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble comprises Undergraduate and Graduate Instrumental Performance Majors with a passion for new music and multimedia. In collaboration with the NYU Screen Scoring program, these concerts feature newly composed pieces by Screen Scoring students and aim to advance the art of music with visuals.C

NYU Steinhardt conductor standing in front of NYU percussion ensemble

Percussion Ensemble

The NYU Percussion Ensemble features a wide variety of percussion instruments offering you the opportunity to experiment with infinite combinations to create new compositions to picture.

Un-silent film vintage sign

UnSilent Film

The UnSilent Film concert features new music by NYU composers written specifically for silent film clips, particularly those from the early 20th century.

You will choose clips from silent films and score them for small ensembles to perform live. While ragtime piano often comes to mind when thinking about silent film music, you are given complete freedom of style and the role the music plays in the picture. The silent film need not be from the past, though choosing a historical clip is encouraged.

This concert is organized and presented by the undergraduate Composer’s Collective.


A performance from a Composer’s Collective Final Concert

A performance from a Composer’s Collective Final Concert

Composer’s Collective Final Concert

Every semester, this concert showcases the diverse compositional voices within the NYU Steinhardt Composition programs. There are no aesthetic guidelines for this concert, so the program is always diverse. Chamber music, musical theater, solo pieces, film scores, songs, and more are all encouraged.