BMI continued to celebrate and nurture the art of conducting musical scores through its 12th annual Conducting for the Film Composer Workshop, taught by BMI Classic Contribution Award-winner, conductor and composer Lucas Richman. Kicking off July 21 and concluding on August 1, the six-day course developed the conducting skills of eight hand-picked BMI composers during classes at The Musicians Union on Vine in Los Angeles.
The exemplary group of 2009 students included the following working film and television composers: David Buckley (Forbidden Kingdom), Marco D’Ambrosio (We Live In Public), Tim Jones (Chuck), Vivek Maddala (Ace of Hearts), Anton Sanko (Big Love, Delirious), Rob Simonsen (500 Days of Summer), Philip White (Disaster Movie, Sharkbait) and iZLER (My Best Friend’s Girl, Redline). The class was coordinated by BMI Executive Director, Film/TV Relations Ray Yee, with support from the BMI Film/TV Relations staff.
BMI recognized Lucas Richman with the 2007 Classic Contribution Award, honoring his 10 years of service through leading BMI’s celebrated Conductor’s Workshop. A BMI composer and conductor, Richman has led the workshop since its inception. Presently Music Director and Conductor for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Richman is a leading expert in conducting and composing, having fashioned an outstanding career as a conductor with numerous symphonies and orchestras in the U.S. He has also proved himself an invaluable collaborator for numerous film composers, serving as conductor for movies including the Academy Award-nominated As Good As It Gets, Face/Off, Seven, Breakdown, Anastasiaand The Village.
Past participants in the esteemed lab include composers Cliff Martinez, Stewart Copeland, Camara Kambon, Danny Pelfrey, Richard Gibbs, Bill Brown, Bennett Salvay, Rolfe Kent, Julie and Steve Bernstein, Anthony Marinelli, Alex Wurman, Gary Kuo, Tyler Bates, Nate Barr, James Venable, Mervyn Warren, Christopher Lennertz and Laura Karpman.