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SCL NY Seminar: Composing for Theater

The SCL Presents:


DAN MOSES SCHREIER (Gypsy, Sondheim on Sondheim) | GREG PLISKA (SCL Board Member, War Horse)

MODERATED BY CHRIS HAJIAN (SCL NY Steering Committee Member)


Thursday, September 24th, 2015
5:30PM to 7:30PM
Location TBA

A very important and sometimes overlooked part of setting the tone and feel of a play is the music. Join us for an unique SCL panel on the art of composing original music for drama, with two of New York's leading theatrical composers, Dan Moses Schreier and Greg Pliska. We will discuss the craft of writing for live performance, the creative decision-making process, the dynamics of director-composer collaboration, and the technical aspects of bringing a composition from the page to the stage.

In what ways is creating a score for a play different from scoring a film?

In what ways is it the same?

What skills does a composer need to develop a career in this genre?

The evening will look at workflow, schedules, cue sheets and will feature compositions from the panelists, and will be moderated by composer and SCL in NY Steering Committee member, Chris Hajian.

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The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: SCL in NY: Composing for the Theater - Dan Moses Schreier Dan Moses Schreier  Dan Moses Schreier is an award-winning composer and sound designer best known for his theatrical work on and off Broadway. Schreier was nominated for Tony Awards for Best Sound Design of a Musical for Gypsy (2008), A Little Night Music (2010), and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010), and for Best Sound Design of a Play for Act One (2014). His Broadway scores also include The Snow Geese (2013), On Golden Pond (2005) and many others.

He has been nominated several times for Drama Desk awards, most recently for Outstanding Music in a Play, for The Merchant of Venice (2011), as well as for sound design for Act One, Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Passion, Sweeney Todd and Spic-o-Rama. He has won three sound design Drama desks, for Floyd Collins (1996), Into the Woods (2002) and Assassins (2004). In 1990 Schreier won an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.

The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: SCL in NY: Composing for the Theater - Greg Pliska Greg Pliska  Greg Pliska is a composer, orchestrator and conductor working in theater, film and television. His theatrical scores include soon-to-open Sylvia, on Broadway, and Shakespeare in the Park productions of Comedy of Errors, As You Like It (co-composer with Steve Martin), and Twelfth Night (arranger). He also created scores for many off-Broadway shows, including Vigil, Ice Island and Pericles, the acclaimed off-Broadway debut production of Red Bull Theater.

He was music director for the Tony-winning play War Horse. Greg's film work includes orchestration for features Manhattan Nocturne, Beethoven's Treasure Tail and The Little Rascals Save The Day, as well as documentaries Flying Monsters 3D (BAFTA award-winner), Kingdom of Plants and Conquest of the Skies. His film and TV compositions include Life (Discovery), Hunting the Edge of Space (Nova) and several shorts.

He is a Board Member of the SCL and head of the SCL in NY Steering Committee.



Chris Hajian  Born and raised in Queens, New York, Chris Hajian began his musical education at the age of five, studying trumpet under his father, Edward, a professional musician in New York City. Chris' formal training started at New York's "Famed" High School of the Performing Arts, and continued at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied classical composition. Chris's composition roots began in the indie film movement of the 90's. Most notably, he composed the score to Ten Benny, starring Adrian Brody, that was selected for the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. He then composed the provocative score for Mr. Vincent that premiered at Sundance the following year. Chris's career started to blossom as he worked steadily composing for film, television, and documentaries. He composed music for HBO's Naked States and sequel Naked World, about the work of photographer Spencer Tunick. Chris' television credits include an entire season of The Knights of Prosperity (ABC), as well as the theme song for Bravo's Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Feature films include Inspector Gadget 2 (Disney) which Chris recorded in Australia with an 80 piece orchestra in 2003. Next came cinema verite drama The Take (theatrical release 2008) starring - John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez, directed by Brad Furman (2007 Toronto Film Festival). Also in 2008, Chris scored Yonkers Joe (Tribeca Film Festival 2008) This film stars Chazz Palmenteri and Christine Lahti. In 2009, Nursery University, a documentary feature which chronicles the stories of various New York City parents on their quests to get their children into nursery school, had its television debut on the Showtime network. Also in 2009, Chris scored dark comedy feature Ex-Terminators, starring Heather Graham and Jennifer Coolidge. It premiered at the South-by-Southwest Film Festival. Next up, Chris took on the dogs in Disney's Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. 2011 saw the release of The Greatest Movie Ever Made, an edgy, comedic indie produced by David Letterman for his production company Worldwide Pants. Chris composed the score for an intriguing documentary titled Unraveled. 2010 saw the release of the feature Documentary First Position directed by Bess Kargman. In the summer of 2013, Chris scored Universal Pictures' The Little Rascals Save the Day. In February of 2014 Chris wrote the score for Beethoven's Treasure Tail, also for Universal. Both scores feature the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and were recorded in Bratislava and New York City. Most recently, Chris finished the score for Jingle All the Way: 2. He is currently working on A Royal Christmas for the Hallmark Channel (starring Jane Seymour and Lacey Chabert).

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$20 for Non-member college STUDENTS with valid student I.D.

THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL)  is the non-profit premier organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists, and those working in our industry such as orchestrators, arrangers, music supervisors, music agents, music attorneys, music editors, copyists, recording engineers, and related jobs, with a distinguished 65-year history in the fine art of creating music for visual media. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film music, television music, game music, and musical theatre industry today.

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