Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, will continue to celebrate and nurture the art of conducting at the organization's annual six-day conducting workshop series taught by BMI Classic Contribution Award-winner, conductor and composer Lucas Richman. Each year, an elite group of BMI composers are selected to participate in the workshop, where they will hone the craft of conducting, from fundamentals and multi-meter scores to conducting to picture with a 32-piece orchestra. Classes will be taught at BMI's office, the Professional Musicians Union Local 47, with the finale taking place at a Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage.
In 2007, BMI honored Lucas Richman with the Classic Contribution Award, recognizing his service in leading BMI's celebrated conducting workshop since its inception. A BMI composer and conductor, Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and recently completed a 12-year tenure as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. A Grammy-winning conductor, Richman is a leading expert in conducting and composing, having fashioned an outstanding career as a conductor with numerous 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 The Village, As Good As It Gets, Face/Off, Seven, Breakdown, Anastasia, The Manchurian Candidate and Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. In 2010, John Williams invited Richman to lead the three-month North American summer tour of Star Wars in Concert.
This year's exemplary group of students will include working film and television composers Joseph DeBeasi (American Sniper); John Kaefer (Sequestered); Michael Kramer (Ninjago); Heather McIntosh (Manson Family Vacation); Josh Moshier (Running Buddies); Joel Richard (Quantico, John Wick); Bryan Senti (Experimenter, How To Dance In Ohio) and Andrew Morgan Smith (Status Unknown). The class is coordinated by Ray Yee, BMI Assistant Vice President, Film/TV Relations; Philip Shrut, BMI Associate Director, Film/TV Relations, along with BMI's Film/TV staff.
Press is welcomed to attend the finale on Saturday, August August 15th from 2 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Past participants in the celebrated workshop include composers Chris Bacon, Nathan Barr, Tyler Bates, Adam Berry, Bill Brown, David Buckley, Stewart Copeland, Richard Gibbs, Laura Karpman, Rolfe Kent, Kevin Kiner, Chris Lennertz, Cliff Martinez, Rick Marvin, Lolita Ritmanis, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, David Schwartz, Christopher Tin, Mervyn Warren, and Alex Wurman.