By Alice O’Neill

Award winning film composer Christophe Beck, known for Frozen and The Hangover, scores two critically acclaimed films, Gabe Polsky’s documentary “Red Army” and the Daniel Barnz dark dramedy “Cake” starring Jennifer Aniston. Both are in theaters now.

Polsky’s Red Army is told from the perspective of the Red Army hockey team’s captain, Slava Fetisov. The story reveals how sport mirrors social and cultural movements of the Soviet Union’s dominance of ice hockey during the Cold War. Co-composed by Christophe Beck and Leo Birenberg, the score emulates the relentlessness of the Soviet system and the Red Army team on the ice.

Cake follows Aniston on a heartbreaking journey of a woman suffering chronic pain and emotional trauma as she contemplates suicide or moving forward. Beck effortlessly transposes Aniston’s drug induced hazes into an ethereal score mixed with electronic staccato.

Beck, known as Chris Beck, is a Canadian television and film score composer whose fan base swells with each new project he accepts. His heart is in his music. He is currently Grammy® nominated for his score in the Oscar® winning film Frozen and continues to remain one of the busiest composers in the industry.
His upcoming films this year include:

o Terminator Genysis (7/1/15)

o Ant Man (7/17/15)

o The Peanuts Movie (11/6/15)

Thanks to Ray Costa and his team at Costa Communications.


Comedian’s Harvard Law speech recognizes grads Barack Obama and Elle Woods see video

Many Harvard Law School grads will become our nation’s quiet heroes, according to comedian Mindy Kaling, star of the TV show The Mindy Project. However, those of you who go on to work for Big Pharma or Philip Morris, you will be the loud antiheroes, and someone is certain to make an AMC series glamorizing you, so congratulations.

But basically, either way, you can’t go wrong. One of the speakers at the law school’s commencement ceremonies, Kaling said she knows a lot about the law because “I sue everybody!” She mentioned the school’s illustrious alumni Barack Obama and Elle Woods from the trenchant documentary Legally Blonde.

And she spoke of the future.

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Action Film Composers Conduct Seminar

By Alice O’Neill

Alice O'Neill

Alice O’Neill

Here’s the best invitation you action film lovers could get. Come and hear top film composers explain their methods of composing music for blockbuster action films.

What: Newport Beach Film Festival – Seminar Series Presents:
Creating Music For the Action Film (and other genres)

When: April 27th 2014 – 3:30 PM

Where: Fashion Island Cinema 4
999 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach CA 92660

Admission: free

Hollywood’s leading action-film composers will discuss the process of creating the pulse-pounding, heart-racing scores for Hollywood blockbuster films. Often faced with the challenge of enhancing the on-screen fight scenes and explosions, the composers will offer insight into how the score works in harmony with the film’s visual elements, sound effects, and getting all of the elements to co-exist. Film clips will be shown. Moderated by Tim Greiving, writer for Variety, and frequent contributor to L.A. Weekly and Film Score Monthly.

Composer Panelists include:
John OttmanX-Men: Days of Future Past, Superman Returns

Christophe BeckFrozen, Edge of Tomorrow

Christopher YoungMonkey King, Spiderman 3

Marco BeltramiWorld War Z, I Robot

Stephen EndelmanRob the Mob, Home of The Brave

Enjoy Summer, Music and Lake Tahoe At SummerFest 2014

By Phil Johnson

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe SummerFest has been called “the ultimate summer camp for musicians.” It is three weekends of performances in August in an intimate 500 seat acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village NV, just a short stroll away from the lake shore.

Tickets are now available for this, the third season for SummerFest that attracts musicians from around the world to perform under the direction of Joel Revzen of the Metropolitan Opera.

This year the festival will run from Aug 1-17 with Metropolitan Opera Star Matthew Polenzani and US Billboard Classical Chart best selling pianist Simone Dinnerstein the featured soloists.

Matthew Polenzani

Matthew Polenzani Simone Dinnerstein Simone Dinnerstein

Tent Goes Up

Tent Goes Up

Conductor Joel Revzen and the Lake Tahoe SummerFest orchestra. Photo credit: Dalia Smallwood

Conductor Joel Revzen and the Lake Tahoe SummerFest orchestra.
Photo credit: Dalia Smallwood

What Is The SummerFest Orchestra?

The Summerfest orchestra features 40 musicians who come to Lake Tahoe from home orchestras such as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver, among others.
“It is a great privilege to help bring masterpieces of music to life with these extraordinary artists in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world,” said SummerFest conductor Revzen. “Our audience can experience musical intimacy rarely found in large concert halls. With only 500 seats and vibrant acoustics, the music virtually reaches out and touches you.”

Joel Revzen rehearses the orchestra.

Joel Revzen rehearses the orchestra.

Repertoire News

Repertoire highlights over the three weeks will include Beethoven’s 4th Symphony; the rarely heard Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings; Mozart Symphony No. 40; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2; Strauss Concertino for clarinet, bassoon, strings, and harp; and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.

Acclaimed tenor Polenzani will be the featured artist in the first weekend concerts Friday, August 1 and Saturday Aug 2. In the opening concert he will be joined by Erik Raiske, the principal French Horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

The second weekend concerts Aug 8-9 feature Simone Dinnerstein whose albums have been topping the classical charts since her debut in 2007.

The Friday evening program on the final weekend August 15-16, will feature orchestra principals cellist Peter Wyrick from the San Francisco Symphony, clarinet virtuoso Daniel Gilbert from CityMusic Cleveland and Whitney Crockett, Principal Bassoon from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. On Saturday evening, the featured performer will be percussionist Aaron McDonald from the Vancouver Symphony.

In addition to the Friday and Saturday concerts, new this year is a Sunday afternoon chamber music series called “Meet the Music.”

SummerFest violinists Photo credit: Dalia Smallwood

SummerFest violinists
Photo credit: Dalia Smallwood

Something For The Children

Children especially enjoy SummerFest. Programs include them, and in a fun way.

Child engaged at LTSF concert.

Child engaged at LTSF concert.

Rehearsal with area Boys and Girls Club.

Rehearsal with area Boys and Girls Club.

Madylon Meiling, founder and chair of Lake Tahoe SummerFest states, “We began with a vision to make Tahoe a summer destination for the arts and culture and we are continuing to deliver on that promise. Ticket sales have grown every year. The event’s success speaks to the quality of the experience.”

For the full program each evening and ticket information, check Photos provided by and used with permission of Lake Tahoe SummerFest.



By Alice O’Neill

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its jurors – a diverse group of 33 industry leaders, including award-winning filmmakers, writers, producers, acclaimed actors, respected journalists and entrepreneurs. The jury will be divided among the seven competitive Festival categories. The winning films, filmmakers and actors in each category will be announced at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 24. The 2014 Festival runs from April 16 –27.

“The diverse group of voices that make up this year’s jury will make for very interesting deliberations,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival.

The seven TFF juries will award $150,000 in cash and prizes. Announced earlier this year, 8 of the winners will also receive a work of original art by an acclaimed artist as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program, sponsored by CHANEL. In addition to the Festival’s main competition juries, the three jurors for the second annual $25,000 Nora Ephron Prize, recognizing a female writer or director, were also announced.

The 2014 TFF Juror Welcome Lunch will be presented for the first time by Condé Nast. Later this year the media leader will relocate to its new global headquarters at 1 World Trade Center where it will play a prominent role in the resurgence of Lower Manhattan.

Following is a list of all 2014 Festival jurors and their respective categories.

World Competition Categories

The jurors for the 2014 World Narrative Competition are:

Lake Bell: Independent Spirit Award-nominated triple threat whose recent film, In A World…, she directed, wrote, and starred in. Other acting credits include Black Rock, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and the soon-to-be released Million Dollar Arm, The Coup, and Man Up.
Steve Conrad: Screenwriter and director whose writing credits include The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the soon to be released The Business Trip. He directed and wrote The Promotion and the upcoming film, Belushi.
Bart Freundlich: Director, screenwriter, and producer whose credits include The Rebound, Trust the Man, Catch That Kid, World Traveler, his feature-film debut and Sundance hit, The Myth of Fingerprints, and numerous episodes of Showtime’s Californication.
Catherine Hardwicke: Director best known for the blockbuster hit Twilight. Her critically-acclaimed debut feature Thirteen received the Director’s Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, two Golden Globe nominations, and an Independent Spirit Award. Additional directing credits include Red Riding Hood and Lords of Dogtown.
Ben Younger: Independent Spirit Award-winning screenwriter and director whose credits include Boiler Room, Prime, and the soon-to-be released, Bleed for This.

The jurors for the 2014 World Documentary Competition are:

David Edelstein: Movie critic of New York Magazine, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and CBS Sunday Morning. He guest hosted for Turner Classic Movies in 2011 and 2013. He has written for Slate, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.
Nick Fraser: London-based journalist, independent television producer, and program editor. He is currently Commissioning Editor of Storyville, the BBC’s long-running and award-winning series of international documentaries.
Andrea Meditch: Founding president of Back Allie Films whose executive producing credits include Academy Award®-winning Man on Wire, Academy Award®-nominated Encounters at the End of the World, Grizzly Man, and Buck.
Jenni Wolfson: Executive Director of Chicken & Egg Pictures, which supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose diverse voices and dynamic storytelling have the power to catalyze change, at home and around the globe.
Marina Zenovich: Director and producer whose films have screened at Tribeca, Cannes, Sundance, New York, and Toronto Film Festivals. Credits include NAACP Image Award-winning Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic, Emmy Award-winning Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, and Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out.

Emerging Competition Categories

The jurors for the 2014 Best New Narrative Director are:

Jeff Goldblum: Renowned Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominated actor and director. Film credits include Jurassic Park, Independence Day, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Igby Goes Down, Adam Resurrected, Nashville, and Death Wish. He starred on television in Law and Order: Criminal Intent and appeared on Broadway in The Pillowman.
Nadine Labaki: Lebanese filmmaker and actress named to Variety’s 2008 list of “10 Directors to Watch” for her first feature film Caramel, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won numerous prestigious awards. Her second feature film, Where Do We Go Now?, debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, won a Special Mention from the Cannes Film Festival, and received the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival.
Dorothy Lyman: Emmy Award-winning actress best known for her roles as the dynamic “Opal Gardner” on ABC’s All My Children and “Naomi Harper” on Mama’s Family. Film credits include acting in Ruby in Paradise, I Love Trouble, Blow, and The Departed, as well as directing The Northern Kingdom and Split Ends.
Adepero Oduye: Independent Spirit and NAACP Image Award-nominated actress. Credits include Pariah, Twelve Years a Slave, and the 2012 television adaptation of Steel Magnolias with Alfre Woodard. She debuted on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson.
Mickey Sumner: Actress whose film credits include Noah Baumbach’s critically-acclaimed Frances Ha, 2014 SXSW Film Festival selection, The Mend, recently shot indie, The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt, festival award-winner Missed Connections, Girl Most Likely, and CBGB. She’s had recurring television roles in Low Winter Sun and The Borgias.

The jurors for the 2014 Best New Documentary Director are:

· Rebecca Cammisa: Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary film director, producer, and cinematographer. Credits include Sister Helen, Which Way Home, and God is the Bigger Elvis.

· Heather Graham: Independent Spirit Award-nominated actress for her breakout role in Gus Van Sant’s Drugstore Cowboy. Additional credits include Swingers, Boogie Nights, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Hangover 1 & 3, and At Any Price.

· Nate Parker: Actor honored as one of Variety’s 2012 “10 Actors to Watch” and Sundance fellowship recipient for his screenplay for the Nat Turner biopic, Birth of a Nation. Film credits include The Great Debaters, Arbitrage, Red Hook Summer, The Secret Life of Bees, Red Tails, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and Non-Stop.

· Doug Pray: Emmy Award-winning feature documentary film director focusing on American subcultures and maverick individuals. Work includes Art & Copy, Surfwise, Big Rig, Infamy, Scratch, Hype!, and the upcoming Levitated Mass.

· Michael Stuhlbarg: Golden Globe Award-nominated and Independent Spirit Award-winning actor best known for his role in Boardwalk Empire, which won him two SAG Awards. Film credits include A Serious Man, Blue Jasmine, Lincoln, Hitchcock, and Hugo; television credits include Damages and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; theatrical credits include The Invention of Love, Cabaret, and The Pillowman, for which he received a Tony Award Nomination and Drama Desk Award.

Short Film Competition Categories

The jurors for the 2014 Narrative Short Film Competition are:

· Alfonso Arau: Award-winning Mexican character actor and prominent filmmaker of the Latino community in Hollywood. He made his American debut in The Wild Bunch and achieved international acclaim for directing Like Water for Chocolate, one of the most successful foreign-language films ever released in the U.S.

· Whoopi Goldberg: One of an elite group of artists who have won an Academy, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award. Film and television credits include The Color Purple, Ghost, Sister Act, Boys on the Side, The Lion King, For Colored Girls, and The View on ABC. She made her directorial debut with the 2013 TFF selection Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley.

· Christine Lahti: An Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar-winning actress and director of film, television, and theater.

· Sheila Nevins: President, HBO Documentary Films. She has been responsible for overseeing the development and production of more than 1,000 documentaries for HBO, HBO2, and Cinemax. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 26 Primetime Emmy® Awards, 31 News and Documentary Emmys®, and 37 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically-acclaimed documentaries have gone on to win 23 Academy Awards®.

· Paul Wesley: Actor currently starring in the CW’s Vampire Diaries. Made his directorial debut with the episode “Resident Evil.” He co-produced and co-starred in the feature film Before I Disappear, which premiered in competition at the SXSW Film Festival. Film credits include Shot in the Heart, Peaceful Warrior, Baytown Outlaws, Roll Bounce, and the forthcoming Sam & Amira. Television credits include Fallen, Everwood, American Dreams, 8 Simple Rules, and 24.

The jurors for the 2014 Documentary and Student Visionary Award Competitions are:

· Lindsay Burdge: Actress, producer, and casting director who has starred in films screened at Tribeca, Sundance, and SXSW Film Festivals. Credits include A Teacher and First Winter as well as the soon-to-be-released The Midnight Swim and Some Beasts.

· Toni Collette: Australian Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress. Best known for her performances in Muriel’s Wedding, The Sixth Sense, for which she received an Academy Award nomination, About A Boy, The Hours, Little Miss Sunshine, the acclaimed Showtime series The United States of Tara, The Way, Way Back, and Enough Said. She is currently co-starring in The Realistic Joneses on Broadway and will next appear in the upcoming films Lucky Them and A Long Way Down.

· Regina Dugan: Vice President of Engineering at Google named Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business 1000” and CNN’s “Top 10 Thinkers.” She leads the Advanced Technology and Projects group charged with breakthrough innovations in mobile computing and accelerating the development of promising technologies to market.

· Simon Kilmurry: Twelve time Emmy Award and three time George Foster Peabody Award-winning executive producer of POV, the long-running PBS showcase of independent documentaries. Serves as chief executive of American Documentary, POV’s non-profit parent organization.

· Anton Yelchin: Critically-acclaimed actor with performances in Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, The Beaver, and Charlie Bartlett. He was honored for his starring role in Like Crazy with the “Artist to Watch” Award at the 2011 Aspen Film Festival and the “Hollywood Spotlight Award” at the 2011 Hollywood Film Festival. Upcoming films include Only Lovers Left Alive, Cymbeline, Rudderless, and 5 to 7, which will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.


The jurors for the 2014 BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Award for transmedia are:

· Paola Antonelli: Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA whose work investigates design’s influence on everyday experience. Appointed to direct a new research and development initiative in 2012 and named one of the top 100 most powerful people in the world of art by Art Review.

· Kira Pollack: Director of Photography at TIME Magazine and executive producer of Red Border Films, TIME’s new documentary film project. Named Photo Editor of the Year at the 2011 Lucie Awards and spearheaded TIME’s Emmy Award-winning Beyond 9/11 project.

· Caspar Sonnen: Curator and festival organizer working in the still largely undefined spaces between cinema, digital storytelling, and interactive art. He started the new media program IDFA DocLab at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam as well as co-founded the Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam.

Nora Ephron Prize

The jurors for the 2014 Nora Ephron Prize are:

· Delia Ephron: Best-selling author, screenwriter, journalist, and playwright. Film credits include Sleepless in Seattle, You’ve Got Mail, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Michael, and Hanging Up. She has written numerous novels, non-fiction essays, humor books, and a hit play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, in collaboration with her sister Nora Ephron.

· Natasha Lyonne: Successful on stage and screen, Natasha Lyonne continues to display her creative versatility and talent after more than two decades in the industry. She will soon return as “Nicky Nichols” in Orange Is The New Black, the popular Netflix drama series.

· Gary Ross: Four-time Oscar nominated writer and director whose credits include The Hunger Games, Big, Pleasantville, and Seabiscuit. His first book, Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind, an illustrated children’s fantasy, was released last year.

About the 2014 Festival Sponsors:
As Presenting Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of filmmaking through access and innovation, aiming to make this the most interactive film festival in the country, where visitors experience the Festival in ways they never imagined.

The Tribeca Film Festival is pleased to announce its Signature Sponsors: Accenture, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, American Express, Bloomberg, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Brookfield, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, ESPN, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Heineken, IWC Schaffhausen, NBC 4 New York, NCM Media Networks, The New York Times, and PepsiCo. The Festival welcomes the following new Signature Sponsors: The Lincoln Motor Company, United Airlines, Santander, and VDKA 6100™

Tickets for the 2014 Festival:

Tickets for the Festival will be $17.00 for evening and weekend screenings, and $9.00 for all late night and weekday matinee screenings.

Advance selection ticket packages and passes are now on sale. All advance selection packages and passes can be purchased online at, or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Single ticket sales begin today, April 8 for American Express Card Members, Sunday, April 13 for downtown residents, and Monday, April 14 for the general public. Single tickets can be purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, with locations at Tribeca Cinemas at 54 Varick Street, Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea at 260 W. 23rd Street, and AMC Loews Village VII at 66 3rd Avenue. The 2014 Festival will continue offering ticket discounts for evening and weekend screenings for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only. Additional information and further details on the Festival can be found at


By Alice O’Neill

Mark Snow will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at a special Emmy concert event at UCLA’s Royce Hall, May 21st, 2014. Snow also will be conducting a medley of his scores, including music from The X-Files, at the event.

Mark Snow receives a Lifetime Achievement Emmy  May 21, 2014.

Mark Snow receives a Lifetime Achievement Emmy May 21, 2014.

Snow is best known for scoring popular television series, including The X-Files, The Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, One Tree Hill, Kojak, Millennium, Pasadena, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, T.J. Hooker, Cagney & Lacey, Starsky & Hutch, Gemini, Family, and Hart to Hart. During the course of his prolific career, Snow has achieved the honor of being named the only ASCAP composer to receive the Most Performed Background Music award every year consecutively since its inception in 1985-86.

He has been nominated 14 times for Emmy Awards for his work on television series and television films, including Helter Skelter, Children of the Dust, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and Something About Amelia.

His TV career continues to grow with the hit CBS show Blue Bloods. Snow also scored the last three films for French director Alain Resnais, who recently passed away. Resnais’s last film, Vous N’Avez Encore Rien Vous, scored by Snow, had its premiere in France in February 2014. Snow previously received a César nomination for his first Resnais collaboration, Coeurs.


Mark Snow, TV/Film Composer, Honored at ASCAP Day at Berklee College of Music

Alice O'Neill

By Alice O’Neill

TV and Film composer Mark Snow headlined at the ASCAP Day at Boston’s Berklee College of Music April 2, 2014.

Mark Snow, honored by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers April 2014.

Mark Snow, honored by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers April 2, 2014.

ASCAP Day is designed to provide both Film Scoring and Songwriting students with information on current trends in their fields. Snow discussed his own career in classes with students, providing valuable feedback to the young musicians who follow Snow’s career with keen interest. ASCAP staff also answered students’ questions about the current state of the music business and performing rights organizations.


During the course of his prolific career, Snow has achieved the honor of being named the only ASCAP composer to receive the Most Performed Background Music award every year consecutively since its inception in 1985-86.


Snow is best known for scoring popular television series, including The X-Files, The Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, One Tree Hill, Kojak, Millennium, Pasadena, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, T.J. Hooker, Cagney & Lacey, Starsky & Hutch, Gemini, Family, and Hart to Hart.

A strong fan base from the beginning elevated THE X-FILES and HART TO HART to near-cult status, which has grown over the years, thanks to the music by Snow and the popularity of the characters and actors who played them.

David Ducovny and Gillian Anderson as the quirky X-FILES sleuths quickly caught on with fans of science fiction. The writing was fresh and intriguing, and David Snow’s theme music resonated with fans.

From the beginning of HART TO HART, there was a strong glamour factor in the cast. Robert Wagner was married (for the second time) to Natalie Wood, a major Hollywood star, and Stephanie Powers, in real life was the girlfriend of superstar William Holden.

Those facts added extra appeal to the show, if only subliminally, as the fictional glamorous married couple sleuths solved every Hollywood crime every week. Ironically, both Holden and Wood died in 1981, three years before the end of the HART TO HART series.

True fans could then hum Mark Snow’s theme music. Today they still can, and do.

George C. Clinton

George C. Clinton


A one-on-one interview with Mark Snow conducted by George C. Clinton, Chair of Berklee’s Film Scoring Department, was a hit with the musician/students.

This event was open to all Berklee students and showed the easy interaction between academics and working professionals. This was a lesson that not only informed students of the importance of mastering the art of conversation but of presenting one’s own achievements in a manner that is not only true but exceedingly interesting.


An additional seminar for seniors with Snow and ASCAP Creative Services executives took place later in the early evening. Berklee is noted for its innovative approach to teaching. This was a good example.


Khiyon Hursey

Khiyon Hursey

Another highlight of ASCAP Day was the presentation of two tuition-based scholarships at Berklee.

Khiyon Hursey received the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship at Berklee. He grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he began playing the saxophone at age ten.

Currently he is the saxophonist for two local bands, Group Caleb and The Clockwork Project. He is double majoring in Songwriting and Professional Music.

Recently, two of his songs were selected to be arranged, orchestrated and performed for Berklee’s Annual Musical Theatre Competition.


Steve Winarto, recipient of the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Film Scoring Scholarship at Berklee, is a pianist, composer, arranger and songwriter from Indonesia. He attended the ABRSM Royal School of Music, earning a degree in classical piano performance.

Steve Winarto

Steve Winarto

He also attended the Yamaha Music Foundation in Japan, where he earned a certification in music theory. He has composed music for commercials, jingles and theatrical showcases, for which he received accolades. Professional accomplishments for a student get well-deserved attention.

Along with studying Film Scoring, Winarto studies Music Production and Engineering at Berklee under the ASCAP Foundtaion Film Scoring Scholarship and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Scholarship.

Mark Snow and both scholarship recipients were honored at a luncheon on April 2nd, attended by Berklee faculty and ASCAP Foundation staff.

ASCAP Day @ Berklee College of Music and the two scholarships are supported by The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

For information about the Berklee College of Music scholarships see the school’s website.

Thanks for input from Berklee College of Music, ASCAP, Albert Tello and Costa Communications.
Photos used with permission.