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February 17, 2014IM -
Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA) member Norman Ludwin will offer a half-day orchestration seminar to members of Local 161-710 (Washington, DC), Local 9-535 (Boston, MA), and Local 149 (Toronto, ON) this spring. Ludwin has been working in the recording industry as an orchestrator and bassist for more than 35 years. Recent orchestration credits include Priest, Super-8, and John Carter.
An instructor in the UCLA Extension Film Music department, he has been teaching a similar eight-week course in orchestration at Local 47 for the past 10 years. Offered free of charge, the course has become somewhat of a recruitment tool for the local. “The response has been fantastic,” says Ludwin. “They are always filled up and there are waiting lists.”
“We are trying to focus on composers, orchestrators, arrangers, and other people interested in learning how to write for real instruments for film composition or video games,” he explains. Much of the course content is contained in his book Orchestration, A New Approach: A 15 Lesson Course, which is used by several universities.
Course dates are: Washington, DC: April 5; Boston: April 7; and Toronto April 8. Please contact the locals directly for further information.