Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Scott Smalley Orchestration Seminar in Nashville survey

I went to this seminar last summer and found it helpful, Scott Smalley is an excellent teacher and has some great insight on orchestrating. Nashville is roughly 4 hours away and makes for a great weekend. You also get a thick book of scores and a CD of the scores he uses in class. I plan on going to the advanced one if they offer it.

This is from Geoff Koch, president of the Nashville Composers Association:

Hello everyone,

As many of you know, last year the Nashville Composers Association, along with the Film Music Network, brought Hollywood orchestrator and composer Scott Smalley to Nashville to hold one of his renowned orchestration seminars. We all considered it a great success, including Scott, who loved Nashville and wants to return. To that end, I've been working on bringing Scott back here for another seminar, hopefully later on this year. Scott also has an "advanced course" in the works in which attendees would study "traditional" orchestral works (e.g. Stravinsky, Mahler, etc.) for elements we can use in film scoring today, so having this new course here is a possibility.

The main sticking point is, in light of the slow economy, concern about potentially low attendance. So to help gage interest, I'd like to hear from those who would be willing to pay to attend a Scott Smalley "Art of Orchestration" seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, specifically:

1. Would you be willing to pay $350 for the 2-day course? (Keep in mind that this is for new attendees as those who have previously attended the course may attend again for free, if space is available; there may also be discounts for early sign-ups).

2. Which Smalley course would you be willing to attend -- the "Art of Orchestration" (emphasis on study of contemporary film scores), the "Advanced Course" (emphasis on study of traditional scores), or either?Please respond at your earliest convenience and forward this message to anyone who might be interested.Many thanks, everyone -- I look forward to hearing back from you!

Geoff Koch, NCA President

--> please send responses to gk@kochproductions.com