Independent Film Scoring Workshop at The Parlor Room

  • March 18 - 25, 2024
  • The Parlor Room

    32 Masonic Street
    Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
Ticket Price $75.00-$150.00 This event is now over

The Musician's Workshop Presents:

Independent Film Scoring
at The Parlor Room 
Monday, March 18th and 25th
Bundle Price: 150 GA / $125 MEMBERS
Drop in: $75 GA / $62.50 MEMBERS

Workshop Capacity: 20 people

Join us for a two session film scoring workshop where you will learn about the process of scoring a small budget film from start to finish, and also explore the history and aesthetic of classic film scoring technique. The first session will be a workshop on the “how” of scoring an indie film, where we will discuss working with a creative team, establishing musical ideas, post-production, networking, negotiating contracts, and more. The second session will be an applied composition workshop, where we will focus on learning the subtle differences between underscoring dialogue, action sequences, drama, etc. by watching examples of iconic films and analyzing the techniques used. No prior scoring background is necessary. If you are involved with music making and wish to incorporate scoring for visual media into your practice this course will be beneficial to you. 

Session 1: A Comprehensive Guide to Scoring an Indie Film Monday, March 18th 6-8 pm

Session 2: Applied Film Scoring Techniques Monday, March 25th 6-8 pm

Meet your Instructors!

Zachary Bartolomei is a Saxophonist, Composer and Educator based in Easthampton, MA. He received a Master’s of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he performed with and was Assistant Director of the award-winning Jazz Ensemble I, and was co-director of the Jazz Lab Ensemble. He also received a Bachelor’s of Music in Jazz Studies from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, where he was a student of Abraham Burton and Rene McLean. As a performer, Zachary has been featured at the Vermont Jazz Center’s Emerging Artists Festival, the Northampton Jazz Festival, and the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival, and has performed at numerous venues across New England and New York. His composition “Forest Green & Various Hues'' was also featured at the 2017 New England Saxophone Symposium, where it was performed by the UMass Amherst Jazz Ensemble I and guest soloist Steve Wilson. Currently, Zachary is a Teaching Artist at the Community Music School of Springfield, where he teaches woodwinds and music technology for the Sonido Musica program. He also leads his ensemble, the Zachary Bartolomei Quartet, which draws inspiration from 70’s jazz-funk, 80’s fusion, and 90’s neo-soul to create a groove-based improvisational experience for mind and body.

Eliza Gelinas is a composer, filmmaker and multi-instrumentalist living in Western Massachusetts who specializes in creating music that accompanies film, digital media projects, contemporary dance, and theater. They specialize on low-brass and electric bass as an instrumentalist, and perform live electroacoustic music to experimental visual media that they create using a combination of digital animation and analog filmmaking techniques. Currently, they are employed full time as the equipment manager of Media Services at Hampshire College where they enjoy empowering students to experiment with equipment and push the boundaries of what is possible to create. Gelinas’ recent music aims to create space for audiences to be confronted with issues of mental health, gender identity, society, and climate anxiety. Eliza holds a Master’s degree in Music Composition from The Hartt School at University of Hartford, and their work has recently been featured at The DIY Film Festival in Long Beach, CA (2021), House of Shadows Gallery in Tampa, FL (2022), Composer’s Festival of Hartford, CT (2022), University of Berlin, Studium Generale (2022), Brighton Bazaar, Boston, MA (2023), International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music at Vox Electronica, Lviv, Ukraine (2023), and the Anti-Robot Club, Providence, RI (2023).

The Parlor Room Nonprofit and Musician's Workshop mission is to: Promote a vibrant musical community in downtown Northampton, MA for musicians of all abilities and at all stages of their career. The Parlor Room will bring nationally touring and local acts to our listening room to provide an exceptional experience for the artist and audience and guide musicians and anyone interested in a career in the music industry through our school of music. Learn more at

Date & Time

Mar 18 - 25, 2024

Venue Details

The Parlor Room

32 Masonic Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060 The Parlor Room
The Parlor Room