For the 20th year, award-winning BMI conductor and composer Lucas Richman has successfully lead a six-day intensive conducting workshop for an elite group of BMI composers. This once-in-a-career opportunity, which is sponsored by BMI, provided the participants with hands on experience, under Richman’s expert guidance, to hone their conducting skills in preparation for the final session on July 22, when they conducted a 32-piece orchestra live to picture at The Bridge Recording in Glendale.
This year’s exemplary group of workshop participants included film and television composers Alexis Grapsas (Sundance Lab Fellow, additional music for Fox’s Empire), Forrest Gray (Sundance Lab Fellow, And Everything Is Going Fine), Gabriel Hays (Disney’s Star Darlings), Becky Kneubuhl (Netflix’s Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse), Zack Ryan (Amazon’s Just Add Magic, I Smile Back), Mike Simon (additional music for ABC’s Once Upon a Time), Allyson Newman (Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital) and Emmy-nominated Duncan Thum (Chef’s Table.) The classes were coordinated by BMI’s Ray Yee and Philip Shrut, as well as BMI’s Film/TV staff.
Past participants in the celebrated workshop include composers Nathan Barr (True Blood, The Americans), Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Blackfish), Laura Karpman (Underground, The Living Edens), Rolfe Kent (Sideways, Up in the Air), Christopher Lennertz (Ride Along, Supernaturalv), Cliff Martinez (Traffic, Contagion), Lolita Ritmanis (Batman Beyond, Teen Titans), Fil Eisler (Empire, Shameless) and Juan Carlos Rodriguez (East Los High, Matador).