ASMAC and HMW present: Orchestral Recording Seminar with Conrad Pope

LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM  |  AUT 9PM


ASMAC and HMW present: Orchestral Recording Seminar with Conrad Pope

Joining us live from beautiful Baden in Austria, Conrad Pope will share valuable information for upcoming composers on what to expect the first time they face an orchestra in a recording environment.

Participants from all over the world are partaking in the Hollywood Music Workshop sessions in Austria. They will be discussing their personal experiences with Conrad and thus enlighten upcoming composers with the do’s and don’ts of scoring your project.

1. Budget and number of players to hire for various genres and types of scores
2. How to (effectively) write for smaller ensembles
3. The interplay of ensembles and samples
4. Plotting overdubs
4. Music prep: the difference between MIDI Quickscribe and Sketch
5. Part prep — very, very important ⚠️
6. Common mistakes
7. Stems — how many? When to overdub parts and suggested approaches
8. Common pitfalls of overreliance on samples
9. Anticipating problems when recording remotely
10. “Today has its own challenges from yesterday”
11. Before you write, know for whom you are writing — both for the film and the venue where you are recording
12. To conduct or not to conduct your own music




“It s a privilege to salute Conrad Pope, who holds a high place among the greatest musicians ever to work in film.”
John Williams

“Conrad Pope is the master to learn from! It is an absolute pleasure, honor and a truly great privilege to work with him.”
Hans Zimmer

Conrad Pope is one of the most respected and in demand musicians working in today’s Hollywood. Film composers John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman, James Horner, Howard Shore, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have all called upon his expertise as a one of the industry’s top orchestrators as well as upon his abilities as a conductor, arranger and score producer, making him one of the most in demand scoring professionals.

Pope attended Munich’s Hochschule für Musik and holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Princeton University. Graduating at the top of his class, the New England Conservatory of Music awarded Conrad their George Chadwick Medal.

Over his career in Hollywood, Conrad has contributed to the music of more than a hundred films. The list of the many iconic motion pictures includes Star Wars: Episodes I-III, the Harry Potter series, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Matrix films, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moonrise Kingdom, Godzilla, the last two Hobbit films and Sully. He also orchestrated and conducted Alexandre Desplat's score to The French Dispatch as well as orchestrating and arranging Trent Reznor’s and Atticus Ross’ score to Mank. His ability to work effectively with filmmakers and to concretely translate their vision into music has made him a valued collaborator, working side by side with many of today’s finest directors, including Peter Jackson, Clint Eastwood, David Fincher, Mark Romanek, Walter Murch, Joe Johnston and Wes Anderson.

For John Williams’ recent album for Deutsche Grammophon Across the Stars, Conrad was asked to arrange “Princess Leia’s Theme” for renowned violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Utilizing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the blessing of the Gershwin Foundation, Yessian Music and United Airlines commissioned Pope to create a new arrangement of the classic as part of their iconic advertising campaign, which Conrad conducted and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road.

In his capacity as a composer, Conrad composed a cue for Hans Zimmer’s and Steve Mazzaro’s score to DreamWorks Animation’s Boss Baby that the International Film Music Critics Association recognized with a nomination for “Best Composition of 2017”.

Conrad has also scored numerous independent films. His original score to Penn & Teller’s documentary Tim’s Vermeer garnered attention and praise from directors and critics alike. Awarded the International Film Critics Award for Best Score to a Documentary in 2014, the music has won fans in the worlds of art, art music and filmmakers, and is available on Milan Records. He also composed the music to the Simon Curtis’ critically acclaimed film My Week with Marilyn starring Michele Williams and Eddie Redmayne. The soundtrack, featuring the internationally celebrated pianist Lang Lang, is available on Sony Classics. More recently, April 2022 has seen the premiere of Allen Wolf’s latest film, The Sound of Violet, accompanied by original music by Pope. Among the other scores and film music available on CD are his scores to the thriller In My Sleep by the same director, Tom Provost’s The Presence and his instrumental composition “No Reservations”, which was composed for Scott Hicks’ film of the same name.

In 2015, Pope inaugurated the resumption of recordings at the famed Rosenhügel Studios in Vienna. The historic studio was newly purchased and renovated by the world-famous Vienna Symphonic Library, who transformed this treasured, yet neglected landmark studio into the Synchron Stage, the most advanced and forward-looking recording stage in the world. On that occasion, Pope conducted and recorded the reconstruction of Anton Profes’ classic score to Sissi, an icon of postwar German language cinema. Thanks to the Vienna Symphonic Library’s Herb Tucmandl and their Synchron Stage, the historic score is now available with the sound of today on CD.

Pope’s works for the concert stage includes “Summer Sketches,” commissioned by Hartt School of Music, Hartford, Connecticut, “Purple Prose” commissioned by the Spokane Symphony Orchestra and Eckart Preu, conductor, and “Truth and Error” commissioned by the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute at their festival in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra has performed Pope’s ballet “The Little Match Girl” in 2018.

In 2015 the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers recognized Conrad’s career with their prestigious Golden Score Award for his work as composer, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor for music in film. In addition, Pope has been recognized with the GoldSpirit Award as “Revelation Composer of the Year” in 2001 for his score to Pavilion of Women, the Moxie! Award at the Santa Monica Film Festival as Best Composer for his score to Tom Rice’s The Rising Place featuring Jennifer Hudson, which is available from Lakeshore Records and on iTunes. Conrad is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Park City Film Music Festival.

In addition, Pope has received grants and scholarships from the Fulbright Foundation, a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, the Massachusetts Arts Council, the New York State Arts Council, the Whiting Foundation as well as being the recipient of a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship for study.

As a way to pass on his knowledge, Mr. Pope has recently taken time to teach and share his experience with young composers from all over the world. He holds a yearly Master Class at the Hollywood Music Workshop in Baden, Austria, sponsored by the government of Niederösterreich (Lower Austria). Mr. Pope also serves on the faculty of the Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive and lectures at universities throughout the United States. In 2015, he held the prestigious William Bolcom Residency at the University of Michigan.

Conrad is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has served on the Music Branch Executive Committee, and is a member of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, composer and arranger Nan Schwartz, who is a multiple GRAMMY and Emmy nominee and GRAMMY winner for her work with Natalie Cole.

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Event Date Monday, August 22, 2022 12:00 pm
Cut off date Monday, August 22, 2022 2:00 pm
Individual Price Free
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