Master Class with Ira Hearshen
Moderated by Tim Simonec
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 11:00am
4403 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
Orchestrating in a variety of styles’. The importance of style… and what style to use.
What to write when you don’t know where to start?
Ira Hearshen was born in Detroit, Mi. 30 November 1948. His Music Writing Career began in 1979 when he began working for composer Joe Harnell on two concurrent T.V. series ‘Cliffhangers’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’ as a film music arranger/orchestrator.
Ira has steadily worked since in the Motion Picture, Television, and Recording media for such composers as; Randy Newman, Lalo Schifrin, John Debney, Stanley Clarke, Lee Holdridge, and Michael Giacchino among others. His most recent credits include both orchestrating & conducting the scores to both ‘The Best Man’ & its sequel; ‘Best Man Holiday,’ Cars 2, Super 8, Prep & Landing 2, and the upcoming blockbuster ‘John Carter’. More credits include: Undercover Brother, The Scorpion King, and the complete orchestral scores for all 3 of the Rush Hour, movies as well as orchestrations on A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 2 which included the Sinatra style arrangement of the movie’s theme You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Randy Newman, sung by Robert Goulet. He was also co-orchestrator on Monsters Inc. and was the arranger for both the rhythm section and the orchestra on ‘If I Didn’t Have You’, which won Randy Newman the Oscar for best song at the 2001 Motion Picture Academy Awards.
Ira also arranged music on the 2009 Oscar telecast and arranged the strings for composer/bassist Stanley Clarke’s album ‘1,2 To The Bass’.
Recently, his career has taken him to the theatre having arranged & orchestrated two songs for the original cast album ‘Maxie’s’ featuring vocals by; Billy Porter, Jennifer Holliday, Ruben Studdard, & Heather Headley.
Ira’s works for the Concert Stage include 2 compositions nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. ‘Symphony on Themes of John Phillip Sousa’, a 4 movement Symphony nominated in 1997, and ‘Enterprise’ for Wind Ensemble Choir, & 3 Vocal Soloists nominated in 2008. Other original works include; ‘Divertimento for Band’, ‘Patriotic Overture’, ‘Variations On a Familiar Tune’, and ‘Fantasia on the Army Blue’ commissioned by the U.S. Army to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the West Point Military Academy.
Moderator Tim Simonec – Composer, Orchestrator, Conductor, Arranger – has orchestrated and conducted over 80 feature films and 25 television series (UP, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Star Trek, LOST) and recently composed big band competition music for the film, Whiplash, one of the most critically acclaimed independent films of 2014.