Wed, May 23, 2018 — 2:50 am
Alumni in the News
Allentoff Chairs Panel Session at the 2018 CODA Conference at UC Irvine
Jonathan Allentoff '14 was honored on February 2 to chair his panel session, "ASMAC Hollywood Composers - Connections and Collaborations" at the College Orchestra Directors Association International Conference hosted by the University of California, Irvine. Fellow ASMAC (American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers) composers/conductors Robby Martinez and Richard Frank served as panelists, with Allentoff leading the presentation for the entire membership of the College Orchestra Directors Association. CODA membership is comprised of conductors and composers from professional orchestras, colleges and universities, and non-profit community organizations.
Robby Martinez, Professor of Music at Bakersfield College, is the director of the Desert Community Orchestra and the United World Festival Orchestra and Chorus. As a flute soloist, he has toured Mexico, performed for the United Nations, and appeared on NBC’s Today Show. Martinez has composed for the Harris’ Department Store chain and film music for Planned Parenthood as an ASMAC/ASCAP composer. He was also inducted into “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”, for Music Education.
Richard Frank has been entrenched in the entertainment industry for 30 years as both a professional musician and a successful business development executive. A graduate of the University of Southern California, he was invited to perform on string bass with the Harry James Orchestra & The American Youth Symphony. In addition to producing a PBS special on legendary conductor Mehli Mehta, he has presented 60+ clinics, workshops, and seminars at institutions across the country. In partnership with USC, he founded PlayTheGroove®, which provides new works and arrangements for students, as well as new innovative techniques for music educators.
Allentoff, Martinez, and Frank discussed the process of composing and performing the music of Hollywood, writing and conducting silent film scores and classic score restorations and arrangements, merging the rhythm section with everyone else in the orchestra, incorporating a wide range of musical styles into the orchestral curriculum, creating and producing collaborative productions, and building new bridges between the professional music scene in Hollywood and educational and community orchestras. The session also included a Q & A with the panelists, and it was followed by one-on-one conversations and a conference luncheon with the panelists.
In addition to presenting at the conference, Allentoff attended a private meet-and-greet with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA and met with legendary film composer Conrad Pope at the Evergreen Stage in Burbank. He also participated in a strings master class with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a conducting clinic with Allan McMurray, as well as discussion forums on the future of higher education. The conference, which included a keynote address by Nina Bernstein Simmons, Leonard Bernstein's youngest daughter, was attended by conductors, composers, and educators from across the United States, as well as Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. Allentoff is very excited to share his new insights with everyone in the Brockport Symphony Orchestra.
For two days prior to the conference, Allentoff returned to the Charles E. Young Research Library at the University of California, Los Angeles to conduct film score research. At the same time, he licensed his latest arrangement with Alfred Music, which will be copyrighted by MGM. Allentoff's series of licensed arrangements are published by his own ASCAP music publishing company, Allentoff Music, including recent commissions for the Pittsburgh and Knoxville Symphony Orchestras, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.