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Film, TV Composers Refine Skills at BMI Film Conducting Workshop

Posted in News on August 14, 2002

The BMI Film Conducting Workshop recently commenced its fifth year, having had eight BMI-affiliated professional film and television composers complete the two-week course. This year’s students were Tyler Bates (City of Ghosts, Love And A Bullet, Get Carter, Rated X), Jeff Fair (Elian Gonzalez Story, The Division), Jim Levine (What About Joan), Dan Licht (Cabin By The Lake, Children Of The Corn 2 & 3, Splendor), Cliff Martinez (Traffic, Sex, Lies & Videotape), Mike McCuistion (Batman Beyond, Justice League), Pete Scaturro (The Practice) and Alex Wurman (Play It To The Bone, 13 Conversations About One Thing).


Shown l to r: Michael McCuistion; Tyler Bates; Ivanne Deneroff; Pete Scaturro; Doreen Ringer Ross; Lucas Richman; Ray Yee; Jeff Fair; Alex Wurman; Dan Licht. Front kneeling: Cliff Martinez (l) and James Levine

The course focused on developing conducting technique and participants worked with live players ranging from piano duets to a full chamber orchestra. The musical repertoire for the workshop ranged from classical selections to music from commercial films.


Lucas Richman (l) shares a laugh with Cliff Martinez

“Conducting for the Film Composer” is an annual workshop sponsored by BMI and taught by conductor/composer Lucas Richman and held at the Musicians Union.


The composers study the fine art of conducting


Lucas Richman (l) gives pointers to James Levine

Tyler Bates tries his hand at conducting


The composers watch on as they learn what it takes to conduct an orchestra