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Penka Kouneva Studios presents…Master Classes

BMI is proud to co-sponsor Penka Kouneva Studios presents THREE MASTER CLASSES, designed for early-career and aspiring media composers, orchestrators, composer assistants, interns, and all interested. Classes will take place on February 16, March 2 and March 9.

The cost is $70 per Master Class (including all class materials). BMI Affiliates will receive a $10.00 discount off registration.

To register and for more information, visit or email:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
@The Courtyard-Marriott (Brentwood Conference Room)
15433 Ventura Blvd at Hwy 405, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Orchestration and MIDI Transcription: This 4-hour Master Class will examine the workflow, challenges, and procedures of a media orchestrator in Hollywood. It will demonstrate the skill set required for transcribing MIDI mock-ups into a Finale or Sibelius score, be it for 5 instruments or 125. We will examine error-free MIDI transcription procedures, orchestration techniques (balance, voicing, mass, texture, re-thinking the MIDI); and differences in orchestrating for film, TV, trailers, or video games. Attendees’ orchestrations (PDF) will be reviewed in the last hour. Intended Audience: early- and mid-career composer assistants, orchestrators. A zipped Folder of MIDI files, scores, list of textbooks,  methodologies for score analysis and study materials will be given to attendees.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
@BMI (Conference Room)
8730 Sunset Blvd, 3rd Floor West, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Critique of Your Media Scoring Demo: This 3-hour listening and “instant feedback” session will examine everything you must know about making powerful, result-oriented demos. 25 CDs (4 minutes of your best music, on a CD) will be played anonymously in front of all attendees. Dr. Kouneva will offer constructive suggestions and authentic criticism. You will understand how directors, producers, reviewers, music supervisors, other composers “hear” and perceive your demo. During her 14 years in Hollywood Penka has heard over 2500 demo CDs by aspiring and working composers and has observed how directors and producers listen to, and respond to composers’ pitches.  Intended Audience: early- and mid-career media composers, recent graduates, and any composer who wishes to learn about pitching for a job.
CD playing and instant feedback - limited to 25 people  

SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
@The Courtyard-Marriott (Brentwood Conference Room)
15433 Ventura Blvd at Hwy 405, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Cultivating a Career as a Media Composer: This 4-hour Master class will examine: (1) the skill sets and the patterns of cultivating a film/TV/video game scoring career; (2) some artist growth opportunities (Sundance Composers Lab sponsored by BMI and the Sundance Institute, SCL Mentor Program) and crafting a fine-tuned application; (3) vital career skills for young professionals: your demo, resume, 30-second pitch, cover letter, attitudes, expectations, research, fostering relationships. The core career questions (how do I find my individual artistic voice, how do I get a scoring gig, and how do I get to the next level) will be addressed. Intended Audience: early- and mid-career media composers and recent graduates. A zipped Folder of handouts, research and study materials, list of books, links and resources will be given to attendees.


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