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Conducting

See what conducting services Smith Music Lab can offer your film and learn more about the process of conducting live and session orchestras.

Overview

This is one of the few services I offer to other composers. After years of performing in instrumental and vocal ensembles I found myself working with professional and semi-professional orchestras during my time in Los Angeles. It was during this time that I had the fortune of studying conducting with the superbly talented Eimear Noone while conducting the Symphony 47 Orchestra. There, I worked on classic great works like Mahler’s Titan Symphony and Strauss’s Til Eulenspiegel. 

I also conducted the ensemble in an original work of my own and some other film music classics like Star Trek and Hook. Later during my years in LA I worked with conducting expert Angel Velez and orchestrator/composer Conrad Pope during a week-long tour of Bulgaria in which I received top-notch conductor training while rehearsing my own original work with a professional orchestra. With all this training and experience, I feel more than confident stepping up to a podium and getting the best take possible at a session, understanding that time is money and clear and concise communication is essential.

Conducting Excerpts

PACIFIC NW FILM SCORING PROGRAM - STUDIO X, SEATTLE 2012

VOYAGE OF THE DREAMWEAVER                                    BASED ON THE MUSIC OF ALAN SILVESTRI
PERFORMED BY MEMBERS OF THE SEATTLE SYMPHONY

This was my first foray into conducting a large professional studio orchestra. I am immensely proud of this final composition for the Pacific NW Film Scoring Program and I think I did good job keeping my cool on the podium even though the nerves were real. 

LOS ANGELES FILM CONDUCTING INTENSIVE - RUSE, BULGARIA 2017

FROM THE ASHES                                                        BASED ON A SCENE FROM FANTASIA 2000

This was an experience in conducting a professional orchestra I will not soon forget. Not only did I get to work with an orchestra on an original work of mine, but I also was able to rehearse with the ensemble for the better part of a week and learn to communicate my musical intentions with a language barrier to make it a bigger challenge. 

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