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Sun, Aug 5

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


New Musicals Inc.

5628 Vineland Avenue

North Hollywood, CA 91601

Instructor: Ned Paul Ginsburg

Sunday, August 5 from 2pm to 5pm

Course Fee: $50 

Join composer/arranger Ned Paul Ginsburg for a close examination of the relationship between composing and orchestrating, as it relates to commercial work in musical theater, film, television and live concerts. Ned will present several “before and after” scores from Broadway and Hollywood highlighting the adjustments and enhancements that an orchestrator can bring to a songwriter’s or scoring composer’s work. Topics will include: the necessary background and training for entering the profession; writing for ensembles large and small; for drums and guitar; for background choral singers; reducing scores from one configuration to another; working from lead sheets, piano parts and/or demos; integrating synthesizers with orchestral sounds; transcription and transposition; orchestrating one’s own compositions — when does one hat go on and the other off?   Modern musical theater often cannot support large orchestras.  How do you best choose the instrumentation for your show if you have a limited number of players? 

In the lecture the relationship between composing and orchestrating is demonstrated through examples of Ned’s work on various projects in film, television and live theater, including, for Liza Minnelli/Phil Ramone; Elliot Goldenthal (the Oscar-nominated score to the film “Michael Collins”); “Galavant” for ABC-TV (Alan Menken, composer and Executive Producer), and others projects. Also included, “Aladdin” (currently on Broadway/London), and “Wonder Pets” (Nickelodeon worldwide.). Score samples match playback audio, and are projected onto a screen.

Persons who might benefit from this information would include composers learning to orchestrate their own music; aspiring orchestrators; songwriters, lyricists, bookwriters or other musical theater folk eager to get perspective on the transformation of piano accompaniment into orchestrated accompaniment; pop songwriters in all styles.


Engage in a mock discussion with Ned by submitting your song(s) in advance from a musical theater project, or even a stand-alone pop song. For the final hour, Ned will have chosen in advance at least two songwriters or songwriting teams to demonstrate a song or two (live or recorded) and to discuss openly the options both for demoing the show-in-question and for ultimate production.   Register by July 25 to be eligible to submit up to three songs for consideration.


  1. You can submit from one to three songs in mp3 or m4a format.  Multiple songs should emanate from the same musical.
  2. For each song submitted, include a lyric sheet.  A short description of the dramatic context of each song would be useful.
  3. Include a short, single paragraph synopsis of the show from which the songs spring.
  4. Written music, such as lead sheets or piano/vocal scores are certainly useful but not required.
  5. Stand-alone “pop” or “cabaret” songs are not excluded, though preference may be given to musical theater songs.
  6. Best to submit simple demos that are not fully orchestrated.   (Analyzing fully orchestrated demos belies the purpose of the seminar.)
  7. Submit your materials by emailing (sending links to dropbox or the like is fine).
  8. Please only submit material AFTER you have registered for the course.



BIO: Ned Paul Ginsburg

Born in New York and raised and educated in Los Angeles, Jerusalem, Paris, and Rochester, Ned Paul Ginsburg made his public debut as a composer on the radio program “First Applause” at age sixteen. He has received awards or recognition from The National Endowment for the Arts, N.A.R.A.S., Songwriters Guild of America, International Association of Jazz Educators, and Downbeat Magazine.  Commissioned theater pieces as composer include THEY CHOSE ME for TADA, A TALMUD TALE for Maqom, and ARNIE!, THE TV MUSICAL for Silver Burdett Ginn.   His musical WELCOME TO THE CLUB, co-written with filmmaker Susan Seidelman and lyricists Michael Colby and Cornelia Ravenal debuted in 2017 and will be produced again in 2019. TV & Film: “Northern Lights” (ABC), “On The Edge” (ABC), “Kathie Lee Christmas” (CBS), Rosie O’Donnell (ABC), “Beyond The Pale” (independent film), and a number of other songs and scores for multiple media outlets.

Orchestrations: ALADDIN (Broadway and West End), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, LIZA AT THE PALACE, MINNELLI ON MINNELLI, GALAVANT (ABC-TV), THE ACADEMY AWARDS SHOW, LITTLE MERMAID, WONDER PETS (Nickelodeon & worldwide), SAMMY (The Old Globe), PAPER MOON, INSIDE OUT, A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK, THE NEW YORK SPRING SPECTACULAR, THE TIMES, CASPER, SWEENEY TODD, S’WONDERFUL, RADIO CITY EASTER SHOW, NIGHT OF 1000 STARS, SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM, THE NEW YORK POPS, THE BROADWAY KIDS cd series, several Warner Bros. films (including the Oscar-nominated score of MICHAEL COLLINS), and for many composers and entertainers, including: Alan Menken, Elliot Goldenthal, Bobby Lopez, Leslie Bricusse, Jason Robert Brown, Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick, Glen Roven, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Diahann Carroll, Lea Salonga, Kathie Lee Gifford, Elaine Stritch, Isabelle Leonard, Faith Prince, Tony Danza, Rebecca Luker, and many others.

PARTICIPATING INSTITUTIONS – The Composer/Orchestrator Collaboration

Ned Paul Ginsburg

The University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus, Oahu, Hawaii
Tainan University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Jazz Education Network, Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky
The University of Miami, Graduate Studio Writing Program
The University of Besançon, Besançon, France
Conservatoire d’Ivry, Ivry, France
The American Film Institute, Hollywood, California
(through: Screen Composers & Lyricists Guild)
New York University, Graduate Program in Musical Theater, New York
The Dramatists Guild 2nd National Conference, Chicago, Illinois
The Dramatists Guild, New York office, New York, N.Y.


Hochshule fur Musik, Freiburg, Germany, October 2018


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