A 26-day summer practical experience for composers interested in developing their abilities in writing music for motion pictures. Includes 4 recording sessions of your music, 4-star hotel accommodation and a comprehensive lecture series delivered by faculty and friends of the Film Scoring Academy of Europe.
6 university credits conferred upon completion.
3.5 weeks in the beautiful beach town of Varna, Bulgaria. 4-star hotel accommodation included.
4 recording sessions of your music to picture with our expert team and professional Bulgarian musicians.
Resident & Guest Lecturers
A team of highly experienced faculty and friends of the Film Scoring Academy of Europe.
Over 130 alumni from around the world working at various levels within the film music industry.
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4 STUDIO RECORDING SESSIONS OF YOUR ORIGINAL MUSIC
STRING QUINTET + 2 CLARINETS
21-PIECE STRINGS, PIANO, HARP ENSEMBLE
38-PIECE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
2021 PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Film Scoring Fundamentals
Classes and Seminars in:
Digital Audio Workstation (Logic)
Notation Software (Sibelius)
Templates and MIDI Mockups
Film Scoring Pedagogy
Solo Piano and String Quintet + 2 Winds Recording Sessions
July 3 - 11
Guest Composer Week
5 days of lectures and 1-on-1 sessions with our guest composers!
Analyses of scores, scenes, main titles and more
Approaches to scoring various genres of film; drama, horror, action, etc.
20-Piece Strings, Piano, and Harp Ensemble Recording Session
July 12 - 20
38-Piece Recording Prep
Classes on Orchestration, Sibelius, Score and Parts Prep
Music Business Workshop with George Christopoulos & Andy Hill
Dubbing music to picture, portfolio and career development
38-Piece Orchestra Recording Session
July 21 - 28
Networking, the name of the game. Form life-long relationships with dozens of other composers and industry professionals, all who share your passion for film music.
Study real Hollywood scores and workprints with guest composers, gaining invaluable insights into the behind-the-scenes process of film scoring and their personal pedagogy.
Learn the process of scoring for film from start to finish. From spotting the scene to establishing a tempo, through composing, orchestrating, recording live ensembles and dubbing to picture.
Develop your portfolio with LIVE recordings, an integral component of an aspiring film composer's journey. More live recordings than any other summer program.
RECORDING SESSIONS AT BNR RADIO STUDIO VARNA
All sessions are also multi-cam HD video recorded so composers can make beautiful portfolio videos of the orchestra playing their music.
AT THE CHERNO MORE HOTEL
INCLUDED IN YOUR TUITION
Jay Moffatt, England
Leeds College of Music
"No matter what level you’re at, The Film Scoring Summer Program allows you to develop as a composer. The Faculty inspire you every day by passing on their passion and enthusiasm for film music in the classroom, on the soundstage and in the studio. You get to work with amazing musicians, in a breath-taking location, creating irreplaceable friends along the way. It’s one of the most profound experiences of my life and I couldn’t recommend it more."
Judith Litoff, Israel
2018, 2019 Alumni
"I spent the most incredible 3 and a half weeks in Varna studying film composing and meeting the most amazing musicians. For me, to be surrounded by such talent and friendship was simply THE best experience, and helped me to understand that I really am a composer!"
Katie Jenkins, Wales
The Juilliard School
"Participating in this program truly changed my life. Learning to be able to write quickly and appropriately for the recording sessions was extremely valuable and a different experience than other programs I've participated in before. Meeting and learning from other composers from across the globe fueled my enthusiasm for film music, and experiencing all of this on the beaches of the Black Sea made this my most unique and memorable summer yet."
Piero Schlochauer, Brazil
"The Film Scoring Summer Program made me a better composer in so many ways. From the technical aspects to the emotional experience, all the way through the extremely useful insights into film scoring in general. I'm really grateful for all those that participated, teachers and alumni included."
Christopher Gillard, USA
Florida State University
"As a mostly self-taught pop/rock musician, I had a lot of gaps in my knowledge as far as composing for orchestral instruments. FSSP filled those gaps and then some! From the amazing instructors to the pieces we composed to the almost instant camaraderie with the other participants, it is a super intense three weeks, but so SO worth it!"
Theodora Byrne, Ireland
"The Film Scoring Summer Program was a fantastic experience for me. It provided challenges that put me out of my comfort zone and led to be some of the most gratifying learning experiences I've ever had. I learned so much about my own creative process and ability over the three weeks in Varna, and forged some life long friendships in the process."