Hollywood Film Music Orchestration Seminar

Dr. Norman Ludwin will join musicians at Local 802 on Wed, January 8th to present an orchestration seminar. Hollywood Film Music is a presentation that runs for about two hours. It will begin with “what is an orchestrator,” what tools one needs to do this job, and the five most important considerations one faces as an orchestrator. We then move on to how Norman got in the business, going from a session bassist to an orchestrator on movies for Michael Giacchino. We look at several cues he has orchestrated, from sketch to finished orchestration, and, time permitting, a few classic ones by John Williams, Bernhard Hermann, and Thomas Newman. There will also be time for Q&A with attendees. RSVP on Facebook here!

For reference, check out Norman Ludwin’s IMDB list.


Dr. Norman Ludwin is a pioneer in the field of orchestration and the study of film composition. He is a working orchestrator in Hollywood, an in-demand session bassist, instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Department and at the Film Scoring Academy of Europe, as well as holding a Doctorate in Composition.  Norman’s recent credits include: Spiderman Far From Home, Bad Times at the El Royale, Incredibles 2, Tag, Coco, Star Wars Rogue One, War of the Planet of the Apes, Star Trek into Darkness, and Jurassic World. His unique system of analysis, combined with his thorough knowledge of the material, places him in an elite class. His eleven books are becoming standard textbooks in the field, currently in use at the Berklee Music School, Eastman College of Music, UCLA, and the California Institute of the Arts. Dr. Ludwin has lectured to enthusiastic audiences in New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Munich, Zurich, Bologna, Toronto, Halifax, Beijing, Shanghai, Nanking, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Ho Chi Minh City.