BMI Foundation Names Pete Carpenter Film Composing Fellowship Winners

Posted in News on May 27, 2007

Composers David Fleming and Bryan Senti are the winners of the 19th Annual BMI Foundation Pete Carpenter Fellowships, it was announced by BMI Foundation President Ralph N. Jackson. The Fellowship, open to aspiring film and television composers under the age of 35, was established by the BMI Foundation and Carpenter’s family, colleagues and friends to honor the late composer, whose credits include such television themes and scores as The A-Team, Magnum P.I., The Rockford Files, Hardcastle and McCormick, Hunter and Riptide.

  • David Fleming
  • Bryan Senti

Fellowship winners are given the opportunity to intern with renowned BMI composer Mike Post in his Los Angeles studio and meet with other distinguished theatrical, film and TV composers. A stipend for travel and living expenses is also part of the award. Post, Carpenter’s longtime writing partner, has penned some of the most memorable theme songs in television history, including Hill Street Blues, The A-Team, Magnum P.I., NYPD Blue, Law and Order, L.A. Law, The Rockford Files, Quantum Leap and City of Angels.

David Fleming first became involved in composition during his high school years in upstate New York. While writing a piece for a friend’s video project, he realized he had a particular interest in scoring to visual. After high school, David was accepted into the studio composition program at the music conservatory at Purchase College, where he recently finished his junior year. At school, he has concentrated on composing for film and television with Emmy-winning composer Allyson Bellink. This past year he also earned an internship at Eargoo, a Manhattan-based company that specializes in original music, sound design, and general post-production for commercials. Outside of school and work, David enjoys recording and performing with his band, The Locomotive Espada.

Bryan Senti has been commissioned by Lisa Moore of Bang on a Can and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and has had his work performed in Europe, Australia, and throughout the United States. He has scored numerous independent films, and has composed dance works, rock songs, and a body of concert of music. Recent endeavors include a student fellowship at the Ostrava Days Festival in the Czech Republic and the American Pavilion Student Filmmaker Program at the Cannes Film Festival. As a complement to his musical abilities, Bryan also received a master’s in arts management from Carnegie Mellon University, and has published research in the field of arts policy. He is a master’s student in composition at Yale School of Music, studying with Ingram Marshall. He is also co-founder of a new music production company, Found Objects Music Production, that is planning to launch this summer.

The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special interest in music. Because both the Foundation staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, over 97% of all donations and income are used for charitable grants.