Rick Baitz Film Scoring Workshop in NYC Announced

Film Music Magazine • March 3, 2010

The 2010 Rick Baitz Film Scoring Workshop has been announced with sessions scheduled for March, April and May in New York City.

The workshop is designed to provide an intensive, hands-on course in composing for film and television, designed for the composer who has some film music experience and would like to know more about the field of film scoring, and for the songwriter and composer who would like to branch out into film.

There will be seven classes in the Spring of 2010, taking place in Rick Baitz’ s centrally-based studio in Manhattan. Film composing will be explored from multiple angles: historical, technical, psychological, cultural, kinesthetic. Students will compose cues to a variety of scenes, culminating with a final project that will be recorded with top-notch New York instrumentalists. Students will walk away from the workshop with greater confidence in their skills as film composers, a strong cue for their reel, an increased knowledge of the business of film music and a deeper understanding of the art of composing for the screen.

Qualifications: Experience and credits as a composer; ability to read music; some experience composing for film preferred. Applicant should have access to professional music production equipment, such as a computer, with composing software (such as Logic, Digital Performer or ProTools) and notation software (such as Sibelius or Finale); ability to create MIDI or hybrid scores.

Schedule: Thursdays from 5-7PM: March 18, March 25, (skipping a week). April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, & May 6, 2010

Cost is $500. For an application form and any questions, please email filmmusic@rickbaitz.com

Currently Director of “Composing for the Screen”, a BMI-sponsored workshop for emerging professional film composers, Rick Baitz spent the 2007-2008 season commuting between New York and Chicago, where he was lead instructor of Film Composition at Columbia College Chicago’s MFA program in film scoring, as well as Director of Composition Studies in the Music Department. Credits include HBO’s “The Vagina Monologues” and “Life Afterlife”, National Geographic’s award-winning Specials “The New Chimpanzees”, “Heart of Africa” and “Looters”; the Sundance award-winning “The Education of Shelby Knox”, and Atom Films’ “Baby Steps”, directed by Broadway playwright Geoffrey Nauffts and starring Kathy Bates. His concert works have been performed across the US, Europe and Latin America, with his Juilliard-commissioned quintet “River of January” winning the Delius Composition Contest and termed a “glowing jewel of a new score” by the NY Times. He is currently composing a multi- movement composition for string quartet, for the renowned ensemble Ethel (see http://ethelcentral.com/blog). Baitz was raised in Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Durban, South Africa; received his DMA in Composition from Columbia University, and also studied Composition at the Manhattan School of Music, Tanglewood, and the Earle Hagan/BMI Film Scoring Workshop. You can hear his music at http://rickbaitz.com

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