BMI continued to celebrate the art of conducting by hosting a six-day Conductors’ Workshop, taught by BMI Classic Contribution Award winner, conductor and composer Lucas Richman. Eight BMI composers were selected to participate in the 13th annual workshop, where they honed the craft of conducting, from the fundamentals of multi-meter scores to conducting to picture with a 32-piece orchestra. All classes were taught at The Musicians Union in Hollywood.
BMI recognized Lucas Richman with the 2007 Classic Contribution Award for his service leading BMI’s celebrated Conductors’ 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, Anastasia and The Village. Most recently, Richman was asked by John Williams to conduct the North American tour of the latter’s Star Wars in Concert this summer.
This year’s exemplary group of students included working film and television composers Guy Moon (Fairly Odd Parents, Danny Phantom), Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man), Felix Bird (Greek), Enis Rotthoff (Mein Kampf), Juan Carlos Rodriguez (Más Sabe El Diablo), Kostas Christides (With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story), Ciaran Hope (Truth About Kerry) and Jonathan Miller (1000 Ways to Die). The class is coordinated by BMI’s Executive Director of Film/TV Relations Ray Yee and BMI’s Film/TV Relations staff.
Past participants in the highly touted lab include composers Cliff Martinez, Stewart Copeland, Camara Kambon, Danny Pelfrey, Richard Gibbs, Bill Brown, Bennett Salvay, Rolfe Kent, David Schwartz, Anthony Marinelli, Alex Wurman, David Buckley, Tyler Bates, Nate Barr, James Venable, Mervyn Warren, Christopher Lennertz and Laura Karpman.