The Art of Filmscoring

Filmscoring summer camp for teens



For musically advanced high school students, this program taught by Mason alum and Hollywood film and TV composer Vincent Oppido (whose orchestration credits include Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2) 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; conducting a scoring session; orchestration techniques; and software used today. Note: Participants will be required to bring their own laptop.



Ages:    13-18 years
June 25-29, 2018
Times: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition: $430
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building


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An “After Care” 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 and add “After Care” to your cart (be sure to choose the correct week).


Vincent Oppido, Filmscoring Instructor Instructor: Vincent Oppido, Mason School of Music Alum and Film & TV Composer
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Read about Mr. Oppido

Vincent Oppido (b. 1986), a native of East Meadow, New York, holds a BA and MM in Music from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and a Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. The United States Army Band, The American Festival Pops Orchestra, the 4-A Texas All-State Band, the MENC All- Northwest Honor Band, and various other professional and honor ensembles have performed his music.

During his studies at USC, Mr. Oppido studied with Joel McNeely (A Million Ways To Die In The West), Garry Schyman (Bioshock), Jack Smalley (Murder, She Wrote), and Kenny Hall (Music Editor on E.T.:Extra-Terrestrial). Through the Thornton School of Music Board of Councilors Mentorship program he had the opportunity to receive additional mentorship from James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games).

Mr. Oppido has scored numerous films, some of which have screened at film festivals around the world, including Charlie Joe’s Hotel Motel (Hollywood Film Festival and Madrid International Film Festival – nominated for Best Short Film), Cineastes (Greek Film Festival), and Lovely Day (Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival), Panofsky’s Complaint (winner of Best Score in ‘Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood’). During the summer of 2012, he participated in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis (It), which culminated with the recording of his music on the legendary 20th Century Fox Scoring Stage. Also during that summer, Oppido provided additional orchestrations and music preparation for the Tom Hanks-starring film, Cloud Atlas. He has also orchestrated on film and TV shows such as Agents of Shield, Black Sails, Timeless, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 and Under the Silver Lake. In addition to composing and conducting, Oppido worked as a music copyist and proofreader in Los Angeles, CA, working on such projects as Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, The Book Thief, both the 2013 and 2014 Academy Awards, Family Guy, and The Simpsons.

Mr. Oppido’s teachers have included Anthony Maiello, Mark Camphouse, Anna Balakerskaia, and Dennis Layendecker. During his studies at George Mason University, he also taught Composition classes for Mason Community Arts Academy. Oppido enjoys an eclectic schedule of writing music for both independent films and the concert hall. His music is published by TRN Music Publishers and Neil A. Kjos Music Company. Oppido is a member of BMI and managed by REJ Entertainment.



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To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.