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NYU Film Scoring Workshop

Screen Scoring Summer Workshops


Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is taking the summer off! Our acclaimed Summer Programs and Workshops will not be offered in 2024 as we plan for more compelling and varied offerings in 2025 and beyond. Please sign up now to receive information about Summer 2025 as soon as it is available. Thank you.


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

Participants look over their sessions with Screen Scoring faculty

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 and Mixing
  • Evening Presentations with Industry Guests
Screenshot of Logic Pro demonstration in remote class

Program Manager Dr. Sergi Casanelles shows off some scoring techniques in Logic Pro.

As a participant, you will record and mix your music with the top industry professionals. Throughout the workshop, your work will be critiqued by Mark Snow, Michael Levine, and NYU Steinhardt’s acclaimed Screen Scoring faculty.

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.

You will record with a 40+ piece orchestra remotely from Budapest.

TRACK TWO: Chamber Ensemble

As a participant, you will record your music in one session with a string quartet. You are encouraged to explore the wide possibilities of combining electronics and sample libraries with the sound of live instruments.

You will record a string quintet and a solo woodwind in our state of the art NYU Dolan Studio.  

Film Scoring FAQs


Participants and auditors follow along with a lecture on virtual orchestration.

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.

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Workshop Coordinators: Sergi Casanelles, Hunter Hanson, and Kat Vokes