promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

ASMAC NYC presents: Musical Theater Orchestration Workflow

LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM


ASMAC NYC Presents: Musical Theater Orchestration Workflow


Every orchestrator shares one thing in common: an end goal of getting music on stands in time and having musicians bring their work to life. But what is the process to get to that point? And how does the theatrical process influence that? We will discuss communication, collaboration, musical techniques, technology, and working quickly. Every orchestrator has their own methods for these, and in this event, music director, arranger and orchestrator Brian Usifer will discuss the differences and similarities in workflow between an amazing group of orchestrators, working primarily in musical theater.


BRUCE COUGHLIN has created the orchestrations for nearly a hundred shows, on Broadway and off. He co-orchestrated The Light in the Piazza, orchestrated the memorable Floyd Collins, the Broadway hit Urinetown, Grey Gardens , The Wild Party (LaChiusa), and the Grammy Award-winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun.

He recently arranged and orchestrated new material for the Metallica/San Francisco Symphony mega-concert S&M2. He has orchestrated (or co-orchestrated) seven operas, including five by Ricky Ian Gordon.

Bruce has won a TONY award, Drama Desk award and an OBIE plus two additional TONY nominations and ten additional Drama Desk nominations.


LARRY HOCHMAN has enjoyed a 40-year career encompassing theatre, film, recordings, concerts, television, and video games. 18 Broadway shows include Kiss Me, Kate, Spamalot, Addams Family, Pippin, Scottsboro Boys, Jane Eyre, Something Rotten, Hello Dolly, The Prom. He has orchestrated over 100 shows, won the Tony Award (Book of Mormon), two Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Award, two Clios, five Emmys (composer, The Wonder Pets!). Nine Tony Nominations, nine Drama Desk Nominations, nine Emmy nominations. 18 films including Disney, Marvin Hamlisch’s The Informant!, and Netflix’s Over the Moon. Recording and concert work include Paul McCartney, Eric Idle, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Barry Manilow, Hugh Jackman, Radio City, Boston Pops, NY Philharmonic. Published compositions: “Reason to Be Thankful” (lyrics by Sheldon Harnick), In Memoriam (symphonic poem), Songs of Freedom (Carnegie Hall, NY Pops). Manhattan School of Music Distinguished Alumni.


LYNNE SHANKEL is an award-winning orchestrator and arranger living in the New York City area. Lynne was recently the music supervisor/arranger/orchestrator for Allegiance on Broadway starring Lea Salonga and George Takei, for which she received the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Orchestrations in San Diego. Her diverse musical background has led her to write orchestrations and arrangements for everyone from Chita Rivera, the New York Pops and Raul Esparza to Tony Award winner/Bon Jovi member David Bryan and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She was music director/arranger for the Broadway production of Cry Baby, as well as the resident music supervisor for the Tony-award winning revival of Company, for which she conducted the Grammy-nominated cast album. She was music director/arranger for the Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination for orchestrations. Lynne received a second Drama Desk nomination for her work on The Extraordinary Ordinary (by Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell) in 2010. In 2014, Lynne was orchestrator/arranger for the world premiere of Chasing The Song (music by David Bryan, book by Joe DiPietro ) at La Jolla Playhouse. She was orchestrator/music director for the acclaimed revival of Once On This Island at the Papermill Playhouse (directed by Thomas Kail) and the music supervisor, arranger and co-orchestrator for Bare: The Musical. She also collaborated with lyricist Jon Hartmere to provide the new songs for that production which are featured on her album, Bare Naked. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan.


BRIAN USIFER is a New York City based music director, pianist, orchestrator/arranger, producer and composer. Most recently, he was the Music Director of Disney’s Frozen on Broadway. He is also currently the Associate Music Supervisor of The Book of Mormon on Broadway and on tour. Prior to that he was the Music Director of Kinky Boots on Broadway, which won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Orchestrations. The cast recording won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and the West End production won an Olivier Award for Best Musical. He was the Associate Music Supervisor as well for Kinky Boots on tour in London and in Toronto. Brian has played in the Broadway and off-Broadway orchestras of …Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Altar Boyz and The Book of Mormon. Other theatre credits also include Chess at the Kennedy Center and more than 5 years of regional theatre including Follies at Barrington Stage Co. Concerts include Bobby and Kristen Lopez: American Songbook at Lincoln Center and Clay Aiken “Tried and True DVD,” for PBS.

As an orchestrator, Brian's projects have included The Heart of Rock and Roll featuring the catalog of Huey Lewis, Swept Away with music by the Avett Brothers, Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money with music by Motown legend Lamont Dozier, Into the Wild by Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allard, A View From The River by Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott, Fantasy Football: the Musical?, by David Ingber, Pool Boy by Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allard, The UnCivil War by Rick Kunzi, Barnstormer by Douglas Cohen and The First Snow by Niko Tsakalakos. Additional shows in development include Galileo featuring music by Michael Weiner and Zoe Sarnak with a book by Danny Strong as well as A Beautiful Noise featuring the catalog of Neil Diamond.

On TV, Brian contributed orchestrations to NBC’s The Wiz Live and can be heard as a pianist on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.

As a composer, Brian’s latest project is a songwriting collaboration with Colin Donnell called The Nineteen Twenty. Their first EP, Chaos + Cocktails, is available for sale on iTunes and everywhere music streams.

He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from SUNY Fredonia and a Masters degree in Collaborative Piano from NYU and a Specialist Certificate in Orchestration from Berklee Online.


Event Date Saturday, June 19, 2021 12:00 pm
Registration Start Date Sunday, June 6, 2021 12:00 pm
Cut off date Saturday, June 19, 2021 3:00 pm
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