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NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop
In Memory of Buddy Baker

Following the vision and legacy of workshop creator, composer Buddy Baker, this Workshop continues to present the rich traditions of classical Hollywood film scoring.


Participants choose a clip from a selection of rough cuts, representing a variety of genres. Dedicated sessions address the creative process, orchestrating, conducting, and MIDI mockups. The workshop culminates in a full day of recording sessions, featuring New York City's top-tier studio musicians. Previous workshops included players from the NY Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and have been recorded by such top flight engineers as Lawrence Manchester and Jim Anderson. Participants leave with a professional digital demo of their work. The workshop is taught by some of today's most creative composers and orchestrators.

For the benefit of auditors and participants, all faculty and participant interactions, lectures, and comments are amplified and projected onto large screens. Auditors attend all proceedings, including the live recording sessions and critiques. All sessions of the workshop take place in the Frederick Loewe Theatre at New York University's Steinhardt School.


The 2012 Workshop was spearheaded by Sean Calley (24, Bones), summer core faculty member Mark Snow (X-Files, Bluebloods) and NYU Film Scoring faculty member Ira Newborn (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Naked Gun series). Other participating NYU faculty included Sonny Kompanek, Mike Patterson, David Spear, Mark Suozzo, Tim Starnes and Ron Sadoff. Veteran composer and ASCAP Board member Dan Foliart (7th Heaven), President of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, headlined additional presentations on the art and business of film music.

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