WOU: Composers Workshop IV

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Department of Music

April 11, 2008 & May 2, 2008

General Information

Western Oregon University presents its 4th annual Composers Workshop April 11 and May 2, 2008 featuring two Oregon-born, award-winning film composers - Dave Metzger and Chris Thomas.

The workshop aims to foster the creation, growth and appreciation of contemporary music in the University’s local and regional communities by providing a forum of composition-related topics, presentations, and performances for the following clientele: Composers of any age who are at the early and formative stages of their creative activities; Studio and classroom music teachers engaged in teaching beginning composition techniques; Western Oregon University students and faculty; and Community members.

The workshop will feature two days of presentations by noted film composers Dave Metzger and Chris Thomas. These lectures and presentations will take place in Smith Hall on the campus of Western Oregon University and are open and free to the public. The WOU Composers Workshop invites and encourages composition students (of all ages and levels) to attend these presentations.

For more information please contact Dr. Kevin Walczyk at 503-838-8274.

Guest Film Composers

CHRIS THOMAS | Visiting WOU on Friday, April 11 |

Chris Thomas has always been in love with filmscores! At age 16, he won a state title in composition, attracting various independent filmmakers in the pacific Northwest. Chris quickly landed his first theatrical, ballet, and film music jobs.

He attended the University of Oregon and became involved with Pacific Rim Balinese Gamelan and Chinese Opera. Out of school, Chris was an instructor of composition and cello.

Chris left his beloved Northwest for the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television graduate program at USC. There he studied with Chris Young, Pete Anthony, John Frizzell, Jon Erlich, Freddie Wiedmann, Kenneth Hall, Joel McNeely, Richard Kraft, Chris Brooks, Jack Smalley, and Eric Schmidt. During school, he interned on ABC's hit show Lost as orchestrator and conductor.

Only three months after graduation, Chris was editor on Sony Picture's Dragon Wars which became the highest selling film in Korean history, orchestrated the first feature film from the nation of Jordan, and became the youngest nominee for Best Orchestrator in the 2007 Academy of Film and TV Music Awards in Hollywood. He was recently announced as the runner-up in the competition.

Chris is currently composing and orchestrating feature film scores at his Culver City studio. He is soon to be indulging in a new labor of love as educator. Chris is opening two new music courses at Santa Monica College and West LA City College, and may soon be visiting Hong Kong University to teach film music.

DAVE METZGER | Visiting WOU on Friday, May 2 |

Dave Metzger is a composer as well as an orchestrator with a long track record of success. Among his strengths are his versatility and his exquisite attention to detail. He is equally comfortable composing broad lyrical music for full symphony orchestra, as well as synth grooves for contemporary urban music. In addition, he has a reputation in the industry for his craftsmanship and efficiency. He orchestrates all of his own scores, and he was the sole orchestrator for Training Day, August Rush, Shooter, and Tarzan, among others. Dave has also worked on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony award for his orchestration of The Lion King.

Dave was born in Corvallis, Oregon and began composing music in the 7th grade for choir and jazz band. He received his degree in music from Cal State Long Beach, and he did graduate work at UCLA, receiving the award of "Outstanding Graduate Student" in the process. During this time he got his start in commercial music by working on promotional videos and the Ice Capades, as well as arranging music for legendary jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. From 1992 to 1997, he arranged over 200 cues for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Over the past ten years, Dave has developed a close working relationship with Grammy award-winning composer Mark Mancina. Through his work with Mancina and Disney studios, among others, he has arranged music for Phil Collins, Melissa Etheridge, Elton John, John Legend, and more.

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY APRIL 11 and MAY 2, 2008

8:00-8:50 - Presentation: Film Scoring Tools: Orchestration | Smith Hall 122 |

9:00-10:50 - Presentation: Film Scoring Tools: Composition and Conducting | Smith Hall 122 |

11:00-11:50 - Presentation: Composition Seminar | APS 230 |

NOTE: An additional presentation, Film Scoring Tools: Ethnomusicology, may be added to the early afternoon schedule.
All presentations and lectures are free and open to the public!


The Music Department (503) 838-8275 | or e-mail: lcaligu@wou.edu
Location: Smith Hall

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