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Screen Scoring Summer Workshops

Update: Summer 2020 Remote Workshops

Due to COVID-19 related concerns and regular updates we receive from both New York State and New York City government as well as NYU leadership, we have made the decision to convert the Screen Scoring Summer Workshops to a remote workshop series for the summer of 2020. While we would of course have preferred to meet you all in person this year, we are optimistic about some of the new opportunities that running remotely affords us. For more information about how this impacts each of the workshops, please follow the link below to a designated coronavirus FAQs page.


Headlined by luminary composers Mark Snow (The X-Files, Blue Bloods), Michael Levine (Siren, Star Wars: Detours), and NYU Film Scoring faculty, and featuring different guests year to year like Tamar-Kali Brown (Come Sunday, Mudbound), music editors Suzana Peric (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Silence of the Lambs) and Todd Kasow (True Grit, Wonderstruck), or Sean Callery (24, Homeland).

collage of student work

The NYU Steinhardt Film Scoring Workshop will highlight:

  • Creative Process and Composition
  • Critiques by Top Industry Guests
  • Logic Pro X + Sample Library bootcamp
  • Virtual and Traditional Orchestration
  • Music Editing, Preparation, and Engineering
  • Recording & Mixing
  • Evening Presentations with Industry Guests

As a participant, you will record and mix your music with the top industry professionals of New York City. Throughout the workshop, your work will be critiqued by Mark Snow, Michael Levine, and NYU Steinhardt’s acclaimed Screen Scoring faculty. You will also have the opportunity to record and create your very own sample libraries, guided by NYU Steinhardt faculty and engineers

Program Dates

June 1 – June 12, 2020

Application Deadline

March 9, 2020
Scholarship Deadline: March 10, 2020

Costs and Fees

$55 (Non-Refundable Application Fee)
$1200 (Reduced Participant Tuition) | $550 (Reduced Auditor Tuition)
Scholarships and Financial Aid Available 

Intended For

High School
Post-College and Graduate Students
Continuing Professionals

Participants can choose to follow one of the two tracks of the NYU Steinhardt Film Scoring Workshop. Each offers the modern media composer a window into different kinds of industry recording scenarios they might encounter in their careers.

TRACK ONE: Orchestral Ensemble

As a participant, you will record your music in one session with an orchestral ensemble. You are encouraged to incorporate the rich traditions of classic Hollywood large-ensemble film scoring with more contemporary hybrid techniques by exploring the use of both acoustic and electronics elements. Previous workshops have included players from the NY Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and have been recorded by such top-flight engineers as Paul Geluso and mixed by grammy winning mixer, Lawrence Manchester.

TRACK TWO: Soloists & Chamber Ensemble

As a participant, you will have multiple days of one-on-one recording time to workshop your music with several virtuosic instrumental soloists where you can experiment with extended techniques, improvisations, and unusual instruments to create unique worlds of sound. You are encouraged to explore the wide possibilities of combining electronics and sample libraries with the singular contributions of our eclectic soloists. In the past, we have worked with soloists like David Weiss on woodwinds (The Rookie, Noah, Lion King), John Benthal on plucked instruments (Idina Menzel, Nanny Diaries, Lion King), and Paul Woodiel on strings (Fargo, The Nanny Diaries).

Screen Scoring FAQs

Application Requirements     

  1. Fill out your personal information     
  2. Submit a short statement introducing yourself and explaining your past experience in screen scoring. You may also submit, optionally, a one-page bio.    
  3. Select the workshop (or workshops) you are interested in applying to, and specify if you are interested in applying as a participant or as an auditor.     
  4. Submit 3-6 audio/video files to showcase your music. Submit your best work, regardless of its connection with the workshop you are applying to. We are not judging your past experience in the field, but your overall composing/production skills.      

For each file, submit a PDF explaining the purpose or context of the piece/track, the composing process, technical details if applicable (libraries used, sound processors, software, etc.) and any other relevant information. 

If you are applying to the Film Scoring orchestral ensemble track, at least two of the pieces submitted need to be for orchestra or large ensemble, and you must submit a score for each of them. If you are applying to other workshops, you can also submit a score or sketch for your pieces, optionally.

Summer 2021

The 2021 summer programs application will open on January 15.


Costs and Fees

Costs, payment procedures, scholarships, and financial aid details for our summer programs.

Housing Information

All you need to know about NYU summer program housing including rates, meal plans, services, and check-in/out.

International Student Information

An application checklist and information on English proficiency testing, visas, and health insurance for students from outside the United States.

Contact Us

Questions About Applications, Finances,
Housing, and Meal Plans

Summer Programs

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Workshop Coordinators: Sergi Casanelles, Lillie R. McDonough, and Alba S. Torremocha