2011 Rick Baitz Film Scoring Workshop Announced

Film Music Magazine • January 25, 2011

The 2011 Rick Baitz Film Scoring Workshop for 2011 has been announced for February and March in New York City.

The workshop is described as 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.

The workshop will include seven classes in February and March of 2011, taking place in Rick Baitz’ s centrally-based studio in Manhattan. Film composing will be explored from multiple angles: historical, technical, psychological, cultural, kinesthetic, and stylistic. Students will compose cues to a variety of scenes, culminating with a final project that will be recorded with top New York musicians. Cost for the workshop is $525 and is limited to 6 participants, however more sections may be added as needed. The workshop will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm on Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23, March 2, March 9, March 16 and March 23.

Qualifications for the workshop are: 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.

For more information on the workshop, email filmmusic@rickbaitz.com

Currently Director of “Composing for the Screen”, a BMI-sponsored workshop for emerging professional film composers, Rick Baitz has been 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”, 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. His string quartet, “Chthonic Dances”, is scheduled to be premiered by the eminent post-classical string band ETHEL at the Tribeca New Music festival in Spring, 2011.

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.

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