Composers in Residence with ICYA

Very few youth orchestras in the United States  study, work with, and perform the works of modern composers. In Orange County, IYCA is probably the only one. There is a wealth of brilliant composers in this area whom I have had the good fortune to work with in the past. I wish to share what I have learned from their craft by establishing our Composers-in-Residence Program.

In 2009-2010, IYCA will partner with several composers in reading, performing, recording, and premiering their orchestral works. Students will work under local and internationally renowned composers who have composed scores for Disney, Dreamworks, Hollywood films, video games, television shows, commissions, and for simple pleasure.

It is important that we not lose sight in why we need to build a strong connection with contemporary composers. This connection, in my humble opinion, must begin with involving young people. This is most easily seen in jazz and gypsy music where the art of improvisation is taught by mixing the young and the old. Young people should be exposed to modern music by performing it, working under the composers who are oftentimes also wonderful conductors, and understanding that is always a joint dialogue between performer and composer where music comes to live.

In 2009, the Berlin Philharmonic introduced it’s novel “Digital Concert Hall” where live concerts would be broadcast via the internet worldwide. In 2009, IYCA will introduce young people to a similar experience — recording the works of modern composers in the recording studio. It is my desire for young people to work as professionals do, and to be exposed to this world. I cannot think of a more perfect new addition in 2009 to what IYCA already stands for than to enable our young artists a chance to work under the best composers that I’ve worked with myself in the past. These are my old colleagues and friends. And we all met through music.

Throughout the season, IYCA will read and perform works by the composers below. For recording sessions, only those who have properly prepared their pieces will be invited. Such invites will be extended by our IYCA conducting staff, Music Director, and composers. If they do not feel certain musicians are qualified to make a recording, they will make those decisions known during rehearsals. Sessions will be done at Alan Audio Works in Los Angeles or Lakewood, CA.

It is with great excitement that I introduce to you our IYCA faculty in composition! They are no strangers to quietly working the long strenuous hours needed to produce a work of art, and each has their own unique love affair with music. As much as I love reading bios, it is only after we perform their music do we understand what these composers are truly thinking.

Wataru Hokoyama.
Jeffrey Alan Jones.
Brendan McBrien
Josh Roach.
Anne Schmid.
Nathan Wang.
Hans Zimmer.

Jeffrey Alan Jones.

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Jeffrey Alan Jones has enjoyed a prolific and varied career as a composer, pianist, and conductor.    He has composed a variety of music for both stage and screen including orchestral arrangements for The Hollywood Symphony, The Hollywood Pops Orchestra, The Chicago Pops Orchestra, The Irvine Symphony Chamber Ensemble, and A Tribute to MGM Musicals for The Culver City Civic Light Opera.  In 2005, Mr. Jones composed original music for “The Jade Pirate,” an original Wushu show featuring “The Beijing Wushu Team.”
As a prolific film composer, Mr. Jones has scored original music for over 100 films including “Inside,” “The Shark Tank Redemption,” “Net Games,” “Jasmin’s Swim,” and “How I Saved the World,” as well as music for several television commercials including Nike, Samsonite, and Microsoft.  In addition, Mr. Jones has produced many albums with original music including “Love’s Never Been So Nice” and the international success “Peace Poem.”  His original music has won many top honors including winner of the Los Angeles Composer Competition in 2004 for “Cinema Fantastique,” and award winner in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest for “I Can’t Dance without You.”
Mr. Jones has performed internationally including the regions of France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Sweden, England, China, and South America.  He has toured Taiwan performing concerts including Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and Titanic.  He has conducted various music ensembles including The Royal Pacific Symphony, The Hollywood Pops Orchestra, The Long Beach Chamber Ensemble, and various film recording orchestras.  Over the past three years, Mr. Jones has conducted The National Chinese Orchestra in several concerts featuring his original music as well music from Broadway shows and Hollywood movies.  He also leads The LA Big Band and The Jeff Jones Trio and Quartet and performs regularly with his jazz group, “The Jeff Jones Trio.” His jazz group has been named the “Best Jazz Group” in The People’s Choice Awards of Long Beach in 2005.
Mr. Jones received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Masters of Music in Composition with honors from the California State University, Long Beach.  He also received an artist diploma in Composition and Piano Performance from the Dick Grove School of Music.  His studies have also included film composition at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).  In addition, Mr. Jones has studied music privately with William Motzing, Brad Kiemach, Robert Drasnin, Edith Hirshtal, Julian Musafia, Robert Stevens, and Terry Trotter.
Anne Schmidt.
Anne Schmidt was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Scarsdale, New York, Jacksonville, Florida and Summit, New Jersey. Ms. Schmidt has taught in Athens, Greece, travelled throughout the world, and lived in New York City, Cincinnati, Ohio and Orange County, CA.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in social work. Fluent in Greek and German, Anne plays the piano and the flute as well as tennis and golf. She has founded six companies and holds several patents to her name. She has volunteered for many charitable organizations, including hosting a radio program for the blind, teaching golf to the blind as well as animal rescue.Married with three great step children and three wonderful grand children, Anne and her husband John reside in Mission Viejo with her two spoiled collies.
Brendan McBrien

Brendan McBrien grew up in Sunnyvale, California, where he began his musical training on the horn at age 10. He began private study on the horn in high school with one of his lifelong mentors, Jack Russell, a professional horn player and successful middle school music teacher. After moving to Southern California, he received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in music from California State University, Long Beach, where he studied horn with Fred Fox and Calvin Smith, composition with Justus Matthews, and conducting with John Carnahan. Brendan is an active adjudicator, clinician, and frequent honor group conductor. He has served two terms as Vice President of Membership for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA). He has presented workshops at both the California Band Director’s Association and the California Music Educator’s Association state conventions as well as numerous presentations for the SCSBOA. He has been the recipient of the Middle School Teacher of the Year award in the Irvine Unified School District, Secondary Teacher of the Year from the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators Association, and has multiple listings in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Brendan is also a freelance musician, composer, arranger, and contributing writer to The Instrumentalist magazine. For the past 25 years, his professional playing experiences have included symphony orchestra, musical theater, movie, and television work. His compositions for both band and orchestra are published with the Alfred, Kjos, and Warner Brothers Music Companies. Since 1988, Brendan has been director of instrumental music at Venado Middle School in Irvine, California. Brendan lives in Orange, California, with his wife Karen, sons Kevin and Patrick, and daughter Megan.

Josh Roach.

Josh Roach was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.  He moved to California to study music performance, conducting, composition, and scoring for motion pictures and television at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.  While at the Thornton School, Josh worked under the tutelage of Los Angeles Philharmonic trumpeter Boyde Hood, conducting teacher and former Thornton Dean Larry Livingston, and composition teachers Rick Lesemann, Jack Smalley, and David Spear.  In addition to his work at USC, Josh has also attended the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, attended California State’s “CSU Summer Arts” program in Fresno, and participated in the California Conducting Institute with John Farrer (Bakersfield Symphony), Donald Thulean (Spokane Symphony), and Daniel Lewis (Pasadena Symphony/USC Thornton Symphony).   Josh currently enjoys a professional life full of diversity, allowing him to use his talents as a conductor, trumpet player, composer/arranger, film music editor, music educator, and administrator.  As a freelance musician, conductor, and educator, Josh has worked with Turner Classic Films, DreamWorks Pictures, PBS, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band Brass in Blue, Thornton Symphony, Phoenix Symphony Youth Guild, Paradise Valley (AZ) school district, Scottsdale (AZ) Community College, Mesa (AZ) Community College, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, and various recording studio orchestras in Los Angeles.   As an administrator, Josh currently serves as the personnel/ensemble manager for the University of Southern California’s Thornton Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, working with musicians such as Larry Livingston, Carl St. Clair, Midori Goto, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Andre Watts, Thomas Ades, Shelly Berg, Patrice Rushen, Lamont Dozier, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and John Williams. Josh Roach was IYCA Music Director in 2008 and for the three-week long 2008 Korea/Beijing Olympics Tour.
Wataru Hokoyama.



Moved to the States alone to study music at the age of 16, Wataru, an alumni of Interlochen Arts Academy, studied classical music composition, conducting and film scoring at The Cleveland Institute of Music and University of Southern California (Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program) with some of the well established composers such as Elmer Bernstein, Christopher Young, Donald Erb and Alan Gilbert (current music director of New York Philharmonic) respectively.
Several films Wataru has worked on as composer, were awarded in significant film festivals. The awards include Palm d’Or (Best Short Picture) at The Cannes Film Festival, Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival and Best Short Drama at The Emmy (College Television Awards). He has also worked as orchestrator for film and TV such as “Dungeons and Dragons” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer (musical episode).” Besides film and TV, Wataru actively writes concert music. His concert works have been commissioned and been performed at various occasions in the United States, Japan and Europe. He has been commissioned by The U.S. Airforce Band to premiere a new piece for the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown’s settlement and the 60th anniversary of U.S. Air Force. In Japan, he was commissioned to write music for the official ceremony of The Imperial Family of Japan, “Ikuju Ceremony.” Wataru worked with artists as arranger such as Clay Aiken for his U.S. tour, and Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) for their album “Beautiful Lie” recording.
In 2007, Wataru began working in the video game industry by writing scores for SONY Playstation3 game”AFRIKA” using a 104-piece orchestra to record at the SONY Scoring Stage. In 2008, he worked on CAPCOM’s hit series game “Resident Evil 5” for the additional music, orchestration and conducting to record at the 20th FOX Newman Scoring Stage with another 100+ piece orchestra.
In 2008, Wataru won Best Original Score with his “AFRIKA” score at Hollywood Music Awards. In 2009, Wataru received a nomination as Best Original Score for Video Game at International Film Music Critics Association Awards. Wataru was also presented Rookie of the Year Award along with the 2 wins (Music of the Year and Best Original Instrumental) at Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G) Awards at GDC ‘09.
Wataru resides in Los Angeles.
Nathan Wang.

Nathan started his musical studies at the age of four. When he was nine, he was accepted to the University of Southern California to study musical theory and composition. However, after high school he decided to get a liberal arts education from a small campus, and graduated from Pomona College and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at Oxford University, England. After two years overseas, Nathan returned to Los Angeles to pursue his musical interest.      
He is proud of having started his career in theater, having composed music for shows as “The Traveler” at the Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” at the Old Globe in San Diego and “Bouncers” at the Tiffany Theater. Nathan has composed over the years for EastWest Players, the oldest Asian American theater in the United States. He has worked on shows there as “Big Hunk of Burnin’ Love”, “Performance Anxiety”, “Sisters Matsumoto”, and for “Chay Yew’s Reds”. He has written two musicals for EastWest which received NEA funding: “The Canton Jazz Club”, which was one of EastWest Players’ most successful musical runs in the history of the theater, and a reading of “The Cathayian Pirate.”       
Nathan’s music can be heard on all genres. He composed for the CD interactive games, “The Muppets Treasure Island” and “The Return to Zork”. For television, Nathan has worked on “Eekstravanza”, the popular animated series now for six years on Fox, and has written for shows such as “China Beach” at Warner, as well as “The Excellent Adventures of Bill and Ted” at Lorimar. Nathan’s movie credits include scoring the Jackie Chan’s Asian versions of “Rumble in the Bronx”., “First Strike” and Columbia’s release of Jackie’s “Who Am I?” He worked with Hans Zimmer for an October film, “The Last Days” for DreamWorks, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.      
His versatility has also given Nathan opportunities to compose shows for Disneyland, California Adventures, and his music can also be heard on many Asian artists’ albums throughout China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Hans Zimmer.



is a German composer and producer. He is best known for his Academy AwardGrammy and Golden Globe–winningfilm scores. He has composed music for over 100 films, including Hollywood blockbusters such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, GladiatorThe Da Vinci Code and The Dark Knight.
Zimmer spent the early part of his career in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States. He is the head of the film music division at DreamWorks studios, and works with other composers through the company which he founded,Remote Control Productions. His work is notable for integrating electronic music sounds with traditional orchestralarrangements.
In the 2000s, Zimmer has composed scores for Hollywood blockbuster films including Gladiator (2000), The Last Samurai(2003) and The Simpsons Movie (2007). While writing the score for The Last Samurai, Zimmer felt that his knowledge ofJapanese music was extremely limited. He began doing extensive research, but the more he studied, the less he felt he knew. Finally, Zimmer took what he had written to Japan for feedback and was shocked when he was asked how he knew so much about Japanese music.
During the scoring of The Last Samurai in spring 2003, Zimmer was approached by the producer Jerry Bruckheimer, with whom he had worked previously on Crimson TideThe Rock and Pearl Harbor. Bruckheimer had finished shootingPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, but was unhappy with the music composed for the film by Alan Silvestri and wanted a replacement score. Bruckheimer wanted Zimmer to rescore the film, but due to his commitments on The Last Samurai, the task of composing and supervising music for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was given to Klaus Badelt, one of Zimmer’s colleagues at Media Ventures. Zimmer provided some themes that were used in the film, although he is not credited on screen. Zimmer was hired as the composer for the two subsequent films in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End(2007).
Zimmer is also noted for his work on the scores of Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight(2008), on which he collaborated with James Newton Howard. The scores for these films were disqualified from receivingAcademy Award nominations for Best Original Score due to too many composers being listed on the cue sheet. Zimmer succeeded in reversing the decision not to nominate The Dark Knight in December 2008, arguing that the process of creating a modern film score was collaborative, and that it was important to credit a range of people who had played a part in its production.
Zimmer works with other composers through his company Remote Control Productions, formerly known as Media Ventures. His studio in Santa Monica, California has an extensive range of computer equipment and keyboards, allowing demo versions of film scores to be created quickly. His colleagues at the studio have included Steve JablonskyJames DooleyGeoff ZanelliHarry Gregson-WilliamsMark MancinaJohn Van Tongeren and John Powell.
In October 2000, Zimmer performed live in concert for the first time with an orchestra and choir at the 27th Annual Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent. He has received a range of honors and awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in film Composition from the National Board of Review, the Frederick Loewe Award in 2003 at thePalm Springs International Film Festival, ASCAP’s Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement, and BMI’s Richard Kirk Award for lifetime achievement in 1996. Recent work includes the Spanish language film Casi Divas and The Burning Plain (2009). He composed the theme for the boxing series The Contender and provided the music for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which was his first video game project.
Hans Zimmer lives in Los Angeles with his wife Suzanne, and has four children.


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