Our Team

All faculty & staff are experienced Hollywood professionals able to provide insights into the real world, real music, and real time skills essential for anyone serious about forging a career in professional music making. Faculty and guest speakers include film and TV composers, orchestrators, directors, producers and film editors sharing insights gained from their experiences in the industry.

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Larry Groupe´ – Film & Tv Composer

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Founder and PFMW Director Larry Groupé is a four-time Emmy® nominee and three-time-winning composer whose career includes scoring Academy Award® nominated films to joining forces with the rock legend band YES. He is a working Hollywood composer that is in a unique position to offer an in-depth examination of the art and practice of writing music to picture at the highest level.

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Roger Neill - Film & Tv composer

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PFMW Co-founder, Composer Roger Neill is a Harvard doctorate whose award-winning music-writing catalog spans hundreds of television episodes, TV commercials, more than 20 major motion pictures and even an operetta. As an arranger, orchestrator, conductor and collaborator, Roger has worked with a Who’s Who in the recording industry. 

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Guest Speakers

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Garry Schymann - Game Composer

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Garry Schyman’s award-winning music can be heard in nearly every audio-visual media, including feature films, prime-time television, and video games. His haunting orchestral scores for the globally acclaimed video games BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite have earned him multiple awards, including top honors for Best Original Score from the British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA) and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

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George S. Clinton - Film Composer

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Mr. Clinton is an award-winning composer who has scored over 100 films, most notably Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and its blockbuster sequels; Disney's hit Santa Clause sequels; Mortal Kombat 1 and 2; and the Emmy Award-winning Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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Richard Marvin - Tv composer

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Starting first as the top call keyboardist film score studio musician Rick’s life shifted In 1990 when Mike Post gave him his first opportunity to co-compose for the television shows Magnum P.I, Hard Castle and McCormick, and Wiseguy.  Some of his notable television shows include Gone, The Years of Living Dangerously, Grimm, Six Feet Under, Without a Trace, The OC, and In Treatment, extensive television movies, and films Surrogates, U-571, Breakdown, and the 3 Ninjas series.

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Faculty & Staff

Laura Hernandez

Brad Ritchie - Orchestrator, Arranger

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Brad Ritchie is an Emmy-award winning orchestrator/arranger/composer who maintains an in demand active career in both the commercial and concert worlds. As an orchestrator/arranger he has worked on a variety of feature films BlacKkKlansman and weekly TV series such as Supergirl, The Flash, Kevin Saves the World, and Community. As a sought-after arranger for pops orchestras, his arrangements and orchestrations have been...  

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Joshua Bennett

Steven Wayne Thomas - Composer, engineer, Music Editor

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Steve Thomas has been recording and mixing music for almost 20 years.  In the '90s he was scouted as a keyboardist for the J-Pop scene in Tokyo, where his career in Japan also encompassed a development deal as a singer/songwriter, VJ for a top-ten music show, session vocalist for anime projects, as well as many other anecdotes.  

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Anthony Hill

Frank Macchia - Composer, Orchestrator, Music Preparation

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Frank Macchia is a composer, orchestrator, multi-woodwind instrumentalist and copyist based in Los Angeles, CA. He has three Grammy nominations and was a National Endowment Grant award winner. He has worked on over 450 films since 1992, and has collaborated, orchestrated, transcribed, copied or recorded woodwinds for Tyler Bates, Gary Chang, George S. Clinton, John Debney, Ramin Djawadi, Danny Elfman, Michael Giacchino, Harry Gregson-Williams, Larry Groupé…

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Ann Ward

Bill Piyatut H. - Composer, orchestrator

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Bill is a film composer and record producer based in LA whose works have been featured in cinema and television around the world. Since graduating from University of Southern California's renowned SMPTV program, Bill has been busy composing additional music for hit animated series like Voltron: Legendary Defender (Dreamworks), We Bare Bears (Cartoon Network), Wacky Races (Warner Bros.), and Pickle and Peanut (Disney XD). 

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Linda Scott

Rachel Penn - copyist, percussionist

Rachel is a music copyist and composer based out of Los Angeles, California and is a part of JoAnn Kane Music Service. Rachel has worked as a professional in the music preparation industry ever since graduation from Capital University with their Bachelor of Music in Music Technology. Rachel has worked on numerous movies to be released in the coming years since her time started in LA as well as many television shows, some of which include the Fox animated comedy series Family Guy, American Dad, and The Orville. Among the live shows Rachel has helped prepare are La La Land in Concert, Harry Potter In Concert, and Star Wars in Concert. Rachel is also a professional percussionist, playing with the Santa Monica College Wind Ensemble as well as a professional Taiko player. The rest of the time, Rachel keeps an art business of four years running as well as working in recording, mixing, and stagehanding.

Todd Johnson

Annebritt Makebakken - Administrator, audio support

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Involved with the music and film industry for most of her professional life, Annebritt Makebakken’s background includes formal training in recording engineering from the Los Angeles Recording Workshop.  She became the admissions administrator and office manager there, as well as serving as a staff instructor, while simultaneously building her audio recording career as an ADR Recordist/Engineer.

Fred Sato

Jason Larocca - lead scoring Mixer

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Jason LaRocca is an Emmy-nominated engineer and mixer who’s found success in many facets of the movie and music industries. Music Recordist on the recent Paddington and Jersey Boys, he's engineered and mixed scores for Mark Isham on films like Crash and Moonlight Mile.  His latest recordings are for Golden Globe winner Joy and for Mark Isham's The Long Ride. On the small screen his credits include ChuckCSI: Miami and Once Upon a Time.  Jason’s also a founding member of acclaimed L.A. punk band The Briggs.


Frida - critter wrangler

Frida, a graduate Cum Laude of All Squirrels Must Die University, has served as mascot and good time companion for all those who attend. Her skills at chasing stick and keeping the ranch cats at bay are legendary, as well as giving the occasional “woof” criticism of your cue. Additional screen credits include bark-over talent in Purina brand kibble commercials, and perky-ear-model in Vogue and GQ, of special note is her 2015 controversial full page “prone, sit and stay” layout in Dog Fancy Magazine.

This workshop was a life-changing experience for me. Especially to advance your skills as a composer, and to meet other phenomenally gifted aspiring artists who will likely become your future collaborators!
— Mahlon Berv • Jacobs School of Music, Indiana U.; Royal College of Music, London