David Newman, Co-founder

David Newman is one of today’s most accomplished creators of music for film. In his 25-year career, he has scored over 100 films, ranging from War of the Roses, Matilda, Bowfinger and Heathers, to the more recent The Spirit, and Serenity, Behaving Badly and Tarzan. Newman’s music has brought to life the critically acclaimed dramas Brokedown Palace and Hoffa; top-grossing comedies Norbit, Scooby-Doo, Galaxy Quest, The Nutty Professor, The Flintstones, Throw Mama From the Train; and award- winning animated films Ice Age, The Brave Little Toaster and Anastasia. 



Conrad Pope, Faculty

Award-winning composer Conrad Pope is making waves in Hollywood. "Fresh and top flight," raves Variety about his music. Pope's scores range over the entire cinematic spectrum. "Emotionally evocative", his music expertly creates for each film what The Hollywood Reporter called "sub-textural punch". His most recent score as composer is Harvey Weinstein’s production of Simon Curtis’ film “My Week with Marilyn”, starring Michelle Williams and Kenneth Brannagh. The soundtrack, featuring Lang Lang on piano, is available on Sony Classics.  

Angel Velez, Co-founder/Director


Angel Velez enjoys a career balanced between the studios of Los Angeles, guest conducting and teaching. Velez has extensive experience as an orchestral conductor working with orchestras such as the Augsburger Philharmoniker, Berlin Sinfonietta, Budapest Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rhineland-Pfalz, Illinois Valley Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Moravian Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony, Rousse Philharmonic, Los Angeles studio ensembles and many others. 


William Ross, Faculty

William Ross is a prolific award-winning composer and arranger whose work has spanned feature films, the recording industry and television. He has composed music for such films as The Tale of Despereaux, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, 50 To 1, Ladder 49, Tuck Everlasting, and My Dog Skip. He also adapted and conducted the score to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. His work in television includes the score to Hallmark Hall of Fame’s In My Dreams, Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias, the critically acclaimed mini series Me and My Shadows, Life with Judy Garland, as well as the Emmy-winning music for the Tiny Toon Adventures’ episode “Fields of Honey.”