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 152 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
Scoring An Emotion
7-PIECE: STRING QUINTET + 2 CLARINETS
Scoring A Season: Summer, Winter, Spring, Autumn
21-PIECE: STRINGS, PIANO, HARP
Scoring Drama / Scoring Under Dialogue
38-PIECE: SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Reading & Scoring A Scene / Scoring A Main Title
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.
AT THE CHERNO MORE HOTEL
INCLUDED IN YOUR TUITION
in our Alumni Access Program. Includes exclusive access to FSAE Live Events & Webinars, Guest Composer / Director Q&A's, Guided Screening Series, Recording Session Lotteries, Professional Portfolio Headshots and Videography, and more. Ongoing, and all free.
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.
"THE BEST MONTH OF MY LIFE"
The statement we hear over and over, summer after summer. Read what our graduates say:
David Cerquetti (Italy)
2021 Alumni -- G. Verdi Conservatory
This is the first step for a career in film scoring, I recommend this course to any composer. I learned the art of writing music for pictures, the art of creating emotions from the greatest musicians I’ve ever met. It was amazing to know 22 composers from all over the world, create friendships and share thoughts. At the Film Scoring Summer Program you can create a professional portfolio for your studies or your auditions. The faculty helps you, giving advice and suggestions in order to build a career. I am really happy to be part of this family now!
Jay Moffatt (England)
2019 Alumni -- 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!
Sasha Nagorna (USA)
2021 Alumni -- Iowa State University
Coming to this program was the best decision I have ever made in life. For the first time ever, I felt like I completely fit in with a group of people who are all as passionate about the craft as I am. The lectures, faculty, recordings, fellow students, city, and beach were all amazing and I learned more in this month about film composition than in the last 20 years of my life. This was truly a life-changing experience that I cannot recommend enough.
Katie Jenkins (Wales)
2019 Alumni -- 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.
Phil Braithwaite (United Kingdom)
2021 Alumni -- Coventry University
This course… WOW! Truly exceptional, unique and inspiring. I don’t believe there is anything else like this in the world. In three and a half weeks I gained a 4 piece portfolio with live recordings, years worth of knowledge and a family to last me a lifetime. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Do it you will not regret it.
Christopher Gillard (USA)
2019 Alumni -- 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.