THE ART OF FILMSCORING – SUMMER WORKSHOP
For musically advanced high school students, this program (taught by a Hollywood film composer/ Mason alum) will explore the techniques of composing music for a motion picture. The week will consist of daily writing assignments, listening sessions, topics for discussion, and daily one on one review sessions. Topics for discussion to include: brief history of film scoring; composing a theme for a character; developing a theme melodically, harmonically, instrumentally, and otherwise; synchronizing music to the film; orchestration techniques; and software used today.
Note: Participants will be required to bring their own laptop.
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Ages: 13-18 years
Dates: June 24-28, 2019
Times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building
An “Extended Day” option is available for this program from 4-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for “Extended Day” or “After Care”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.
Instructor: Vincent Oppido, Mason School of Music Alum and Film & TV Composer
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Oppido’s recent scoring credits include the indie films Alien Code (Archstone/Sony Home Pictures – starring Kyle Gallner and Richard Schiff), Watch the Sky (Breaking Glass Pictures – starring Renee O’Connor), and the upcoming CollegeHumor series Troopers. Other writing credits include original music for Sinclair Oil’s 2017 commercial advertisements and musical source arrangements for projects such as It Happened In LA (Sundance Selected) and the upcoming Paramount Pictures film What Men Want. He has also composed additional music for projects including Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween and TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything: Reanimated History. Also an orchestrator, Oppido has worked on projects such as Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, Cobra Kai, and NBC’s Timeless. His first job in Hollywood, as a music proofreader, enabled him to work on dozens of motion pictures and television shows including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Frozen, Family Guy and The 2013 Oscars.
In addition to work in film and television, Oppido has received numerous commissions for the concert hall, garnering performances in such prestigious venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Symphony Hall in Boston and Carnegie Hall. In December 2018 his work, Cosmic Escapades, was premiered by The United States Army Band at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Past commissions include Fanfare to an American Heritage for the United States Army Bugle Corps, An American Expedition for the Montana All-State Orchestra, and New York, New York: Postards to Home for the Nassau Music Educators Association Division V All-County Band. Oppido also composed Patriot Pride, George Mason University’s alma mater and arranged an overture for Brian Stokes Mitchell’s concert show. His most recent commission for Alto Saxophone Solo and Wind Ensemble, Three Happenings While Walking Down Main Street, will receive its premiere by the United States Air Force Band in 2019.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Vincent studied composition and conducting at George Mason University with Mark Camphouse and Anthony Maiello and was invited to attend the Scoring for Motion Picture and Television program at the University of Southern California. He was selected as a 2012 participant in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis and also spent a summer studying at the Aspen Music Festival. Oppido is represented by REJ Entertainment and is a member of BMI.
Teaching Assistant: TBA
- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive an Art of Filmscoring Welcome Letter 2019 via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.
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To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.
“I loved that they were able to actually spend the week as a film scorer, creating score for a small movie clip and showcasing it on the final day.” – Filmscoring Workshop 2018 ParentSee More Testimonials