Film Scoring and Composition...

All music by Rick Baitz; all rights reserved.


Rick celebrates 7 years as founding faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Music Composition:

As Chair of the Faculty from 2012-2016, Rick helped triple enrollment, bringing in top jazz and classical musicians from New York and other areas to perform student works, and instituting several concert series to serve students who focus on media scoring, songwriting, and those crossing between genres.  Rick remains a core faculty member.


BMI’s “COMPOSING FOR THE SCREEN 2018: A FILM SCORING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM” will begin its 11th season in September 2018.

BMI and composer Rick Baitz have partnered to present the New York City-based program “Composing for the Screen.” The immersive seminar will take place over six weekly sessions beginning in September, 2018,  at the BMI Media Room.  Check this space and BMI’s website in mid-May, 2018 for application materials.

“Composing for the Screen” provides an opportunity for nine emerging film composers to participate in a high-level workshop, where film music will be examined from many perspectives: historical, psychological, dramatic, stylistic, and more. Using the facilities of the BMI Media Room, participants will explore a wide range of film excerpts, including: composing, recording, and sharing work in a supportive environment. For each student’s final project, he or she will compose a cue to a well-known film, which will then be recorded by top-notch New York studio musicians.

Students will leave the workshop with greater confidence in their own voices as film composers, a strong cue for his or her reel, an increased understanding of the business of film music, and greater sensitivity to the art of composing for the screen. During the year following the workshop, regular meetings will be held with the group, to share work and discuss students’ development as film composers.   “Composing for the Screen” will be open to the emerging film composer who has some experience in film and wants to learn more about it. Free to accepted participants, the program will be limited to nine students.

For further information, contact Rick Baitz at rick@rickbaitz.com.