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Saturday, June 19, 2021: noon – 7 pm (Central)
With composer Jeff Russo

Monday, June 21, 2021: 6 – 9 pm (Central)
With orchestrator Scott Smalley

SCORE-COM is for composers of film and television scores, songwriters, filmmakers wanting to understand the scoring process, and anyone wishing for a deeper understanding of film music. 


Jeff Russo

Saturday, June 19, 2021: noon – 7 pm (Central)
“From Songs to Score – A Conversation with Jeff Russo”

Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, Jeff Russo, is creating some of the most varied and compelling music for television, film, and video games. Russo earned an Emmy Award, and two additional nominations, for his score on FX’s Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-winning series Fargo. His music can be heard on Bartlett Sher’s drama feature film Oslo, which premieres May 29th on HBO Max; Paramount+’s Star Trek: PicardStar Trek: Discovery; and Clarice; Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy; Apple TV+’s For All Mankind and Starz’s Power. Past credits include Hulu’s The Act; FX’s Legion; Starz’s Counterpart; Noah Hawley’s feature film Lucy in the Sky; Mark Wahlberg’s action-thriller film, Mile 22; Craig Macneill’s Lizzie; and more. Russo also received a BAFTA nomination for Best Music for Annapurna Interactive’s video game, What Remains of Edith Finch.  Day one symposium topics include:

Noon segment

  • Transitioning as a creator of one type of music to film composer
  • Jeff’s musical roots in an alternative rock band
  • Jeff’s story of getting into the film and TV scoring industry

Afternoon/evening segment

  • Composing for Star Trek: Picard
  • Composing for Star Trek: Discovery
  • Scoring “Oslo” (HBO Max)
  • Scoring examples from the actual sessions


Monday, June 21, 2021: 6 – 9 pm (Central)
Advanced Art of Orchestration primer with Scott Smalley

Preeminent Hollywood orchestrator, Scott Smalley (RoboCop, Starship Troopers, Mission: Impossible), returns with a primer to his new “Advanced Art of Orchestration” class.  Built on his renowned “The Art of Orchestration” classes, this Advanced course delves into the orchestral works of the greatest composers of all time to glean inspiration and orchestration techniques we can use for today’s film scores.  Attendees of this primer will be welcome to continue further study in depth with Scott in future group sessions.

Scott will look at Jerry Goldsmith’s astounding score for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” as the quintessential “Hollywood movie sound,” including Goldsmith’s annotated sketches, illustrating the “DNA” of his chord progressions.  Scott will provide attendees with a definitive list of “the greats’” must-have scores for film music study, and provide examples of how they could be re-orchestrated.  This will include works by Bach, Prokofiev and Beethoven, to show where many modern compositional techniques originated and how we may use them now.  We will be exploring the technique of how to orchestrate any style of music for the cinematic stage.  He’ll also provide a crash course in the “Zed Clef.”  Prepare to blaze through some incredible material and concepts.  Music/score reading abilities are recommended.

Over 10 GB of material will be made available to attendees.

The Nashville Composers Association in conjunction with Film-Com are pleased to present Score-Com 2021.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, this year’s Score-Com and Film-Com will be entirely online via Zoom. To participate, you must have a computer or device capable of running Zoom, and fast internet connection that can handle video streaming. Use this link to download Zoom:
We will email you a link to join the Zoom meeting, including the login/password prior to the Symposium.

Score-Com 2021 attendees will also be given access to the Film-Com 2021 panels.

Score-Com: $40

Score-Com 2021 is produced by the NCA/Geoff Koch, and Film-Com/Abigail Yates.



Jeff Russo is an Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer, scoring varied and compelling music for film, television and video games. He won an Emmy Award, and received two additional Emmy nominations for his thrilling and angst-producing score on FX’s Golden Globe and Emmy winning FargoRusso also received a BAFTA nomination for Best Music for Annapurna Interactive’s video game, What Remains of Edith Finch.

Russo’s film credits include Bartlett Sher’s upcoming feature film Oslo, starring Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott, which premieres May 29th on HBO Max; Sabrina Doyle’s Lorelei, starring Jena Malone and Pablo Schreiber, which premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival; Noah Hawley’s Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm, which premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival; Craig Macneill’s Lizzie, starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; Peter Berg’s action-thriller film, Mile 22, starring Mark Wahlberg; and Jon Avnet’s Three Christs, starring Richard Gere, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Russo just finished work on season 2 of Apple TV+’s For All Mankind, starring Joel Kinnaman and Michael Dorman; and is currently scoring Paramount +’s Clarice, starring Rebecca Breeds and Michael Cudlitz.

His music can also be heard on shows such as Paramount+’s Star Trek: Picard, starring Patrick Stewart; and Star Trek: Discovery, starring Sonequa Martin-Green and Anthony Rapp; FX’s Fargo, starring Chris Rock and Jessie Buckley; Legion, starring Dan Stevens and Rachel Keller; and Snowfall, staring Isaiah John and Amin Joseph; Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, starring Ellen Page and Mary J. Blige; Cursed, starring Katherine Langford; and Altered Carbon,         starring Chris Conner and Renée Elise Goldsberry; Hulu’s The Act, starring Patricia Arquette; Starz’sPower Book II: Ghost, a sequel to Power, produced by Curtis Jackson “50 Cent; and 

Counterpart, starring J.K. Simmons; HBO’s Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated series The Night Of, starring John Tuturro; and more.

In addition to composing music for film and television, Russo is a founding member, lead guitarist and co-songwriter of two-time Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling rock band, Tonic. Their debut album, Lemon Parade, posted three singles in the U.S. Mainstream rock charts’ Top 10 with “If You Could Only See” rocketing to number one. In 2003, the band received two Grammy nominations, one for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for “Take Me As I Am,” and one for “Best Rock Album.”


Steven Scott Smalley (aka Scott Smalley) learned arranging and orchestration from the greatest Hollywood musical talents of the 20th century, including his father, legendary composer – arranger – lyricist Jack Smalley.  From playing in bands and doing music prep and arranging on TV variety shows in the 1970s, Scott moved on to become an orchestrator and conductor on some of the biggest movies of the 1980s, 1990s and on into the 21st century, adding his touch to scores by composers including Basil Poledouris, Alan Silvestri, and Danny Elfman. He has taught advanced orchestration courses at UCLA Extension and for the Film Music Network.  He continues to make music come alive from his studio in the forested mountains just outside of Los Angeles. 

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