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 Los Angeles office, Cow On The Wall Studio in North Hollywood, with the finale taking place at The Bridge Recording in Glendale on August 27, 2016.
Formally honored by BMI with the Classic Contribution Award, Richman was recognized for 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 participants will include film and television composers Sherri Chung,
Danny Cocke, Rick Larrea, Fabrizio Mancinelli, Sandro Morales Santoro, Christopher North and Jermaine Stegall. The classes are coordinated by BMI's Ray Yee, Philip Shrut, as well as BMI's Film/TV staff.
Past participants in the celebrated workshop include composers Nathan Barr, Jeff Beal, Laura Karpman, Rolfe Kent, Christopher Lennertz, Cliff Martinez, Lolita Ritmanis, and Juan Carlos Rodriguez.