BMI composers and music directors Rickey Minor and William Ross were featured at the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL) Musical Direction seminar on Thursday, Aug. 7, at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles.
Minor is the musical director for American Idol and has been a music director for the GRAMMYs and other awards shows and specials, earning four Emmy nominations in the process. He was previously the musical director for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Ross is a composer and arranger whose work has been featured in films and TV. He has won four Emmy awards, including Outstanding Music Direction for the 79th Academy Awards and Outstanding Original Music for his work on the song “Hugh Jackman Opening Number” from the 81st Academy Awards. Ross has also received two BMI Film Music Awards.
During the seminar, Minor and Ross shared insights on their musical careers while also elaborating on the nuances of composing, conducting, arranging and orchestrating in film, TV, theater and live performances.