NYU Steinhardt and The ASCAP Foundation Gear Up for 17th Annual Film Scoring Workshop With A-List Composers Mark Snow and Michael Levine


Emmy-nominated composer Mark Snow (The X-Files, Blue Bloods, Smallville) and composer Michael Levine (Landfill Harmonic, Cold Case, Star Wars: Detours) will lead the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop for the 17th year in collaboration with NYU Steinhardt co-directors of Film Scoring Ron Sadoff and Mark Suozzo.

Mark Snow (left) and Michael Levine (right)
Mark Snow (left) and Michael Levine (right)

Participants in the workshop – which takes place May 30 - June 9, 2017– will learn how to score clips from contemporary feature films, streamline their creative process, create professional mock-ups and final mixes, utilize virtual and traditional orchestration, prepare professional-looking parts and scores, record with top-tier musicians, create unique sample libraries, and receive critiques from and interface with industry professionals.

Mark Snow is an Emmy-nominated composer known for his work on television shows including The X-Files, Smallville, One Tree Hill, La Femme Nikita and Blue Bloods. He will be leading the workshop’s Orchestral Ensemble Track. Snow has been a preeminent contributor to the workshop for a decade. “I love being involved with the NYU/ ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring workshop,” said Snow. “It’s so energizing to be out of my studio/prison and encouraging the up and coming and remarkably talented new composers from around the world who will be part of the future for our craft. I also can't say enough about how dedicated the originator of the workshop, Dr. Ron Sadoff, is in his creative commitment to this outstanding program. He is a pillar of the workshop.”

Michael Levine wrote and produced the theme song for the new Resident Evil VII Biohazard VR game, the first ever virtual reality game in the series. He is also the composer for the upcoming George Lucas-produced Star Wars Detours animated series featuring Seth Green and Seth MacFarlane. Levine scored the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Cold Case and is a respected composer of concert music as well. He wrote the music for the iconic Kit Kat “Gimme A Break” jingle, arranged the choir version of The Simpson’s Movie’s “Spider Pig”, and produced Lorde’s spooky rendition of “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” from the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Levine will be spearheading the Virtuosic and Multi-Instrumentalist Track for the workshop.

“The NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop is the hotbed of creativity for up-and-coming media composers. The people who participate are motivated and talented - they inspire me,” said Levine.

The programs are open to composers at all levels, including high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. The NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop is funded in part by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund. For more information, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/summer/scoringworkshops.

Students who participate in the NYU/ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Workshop are eligible for The ASCAP Foundation Jimmy Van Heusen Award. The award is selected by NYU faculty in consultation with ASCAP Creative Services Executives and is presented annually to an outstanding composer who is pursuing a career in television and film scoring.

About the NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, established in 1925, instructs over 1,600 students majoring in music and performing arts programs. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in- education (music, dance, and drama).

About ASCAP Foundation
Founded in 1975, The ASCAP Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education, talent development and humanitarian programs. Included in these are songwriting workshops, grants, scholarships, awards, recognition and community outreach programs. The ASCAP Foundation is supported by contributions from ASCAP members and from music lovers throughout the United States. For more information visit www.ascapfoundation.org.

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