Master Class with Steve and Julie Bernstein

3 February 2017

Join us for the February 23rd Master Class
with Steve and Julie Bernstein! 

7 pm – 10 pm
Check-in: 6:30 pm
Valley College
(Music Room)
5800 Fulton, Van Nuys, CA


$25 Members & Students / $40 Non-Members

Join ASMAC THURSDAY EVENING – February 23rd- for an informative Master Class with two Emmy Award winning composers of the hit series Animaniacs, Pinky & the Brain, Freakazoid, Histeria! and Baby Looney Tunes, to name a few. Discover what is involved in writing music for animation, including effective spotting, thematic development, musical vocabulary, song parodies and much more.


Four-time Emmy-award-winning composer Julie Bernstein has worked in animation as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, conductor, singer and producer. Animated series include Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid, Histeria!, Tiny Toons, Baby Looney Toons, Make Way for Noddy, the feature Wakko’s Wish, theatrical short “Carrotblanca” and CDs Yakko’s World, Animaniacs and Tweety’s High-Flying Adventure. Her work has been played by the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony and the COTA Symphony. Julie has written numerous arrangements for string quartet and voice, the most recent having just been recorded in Paris by Natalie Dessay and members of the Paris Mozart Orchestra. Julie’s arrangement of “Little Green” by Joni Mitchell, written for the Turtle Island String Quartet and Tierney Sutton, can be heard on Ms. Sutton’s Grammy- nominated album “After Blue”.

Collaborations with her husband, composer Steve Bernstein, include: Make Way for Noddy, Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars, Baby Looney Tunes (for which they were Emmy-nominated), Disney’s One Saturday Morning, main title songs for Dig Into History and Steven Spielberg Presents: Toonsylvania, a CD of songs commissioned by Kid Rhino Records inspired by the feature Tweety’s High-Flying Adventure, as well as numerous independent films. Julie and Steve co-wrote “Snapshots” for oboe, cello and soprano, commissioned by the Young Musicians Foundation for YMF’s “Living the Legacy” award. They recently wrote the orchestrations for the very popular Animaniacs Live!, premiered by the Colorado Symphony.


Steven Bernstein is a five-time Emmy-winning composer whose commercial music spans genres from horror to cartoons. His music is heard in such hit television series as Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid, and Tiny Toon Adventures, along with the collaborations listed above with his wife Julie. Recent film scores include the grisly horror films Pernicious and Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys. He is currently scoring the feature documentary Mr. Fish: Cartooning From the Deep End.

As an accomplished conductor, orchestrator, arranger and producer, Steve has worked on numerous motion pictures, TV productions, popular video games and recordings. His orchestrations can be heard in the films Skyfall, The Amazing Spiderman, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Millions, Windtalkers, City by the Sea, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Perfect Storm, Supernova and numerous others. He wrote the arrangements and produced the album FOREVERMORE for singer-songwriter Aron Celnick and co-produced the album Tweety’s High-Flying Adventure with Julie, performing and writing music and lyrics for many of the tracks. As part of the resurgence of interest in cartoon music, he has guest-conducted for the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony and the Kentucky Symphony, performing several of his own scores live to picture.

Steven has written extensively for the concert hall, receiving several commissions for large-scale works, both choral and orchestral, and for various chamber ensembles. He has also been active in the preservation of classic film scores, from such films as The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind and The Bride of Frankenstein; reconstructing music which had been lost or destroyed.

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