Creative Careers Episode 5: Jeffrey Schindler

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This month’s podcast features Jeffrey Schindler, a versatile conductor who has worked extensively on both the concert podium and the scoring stages of Hollywood. Jeff is a long-time iCadenza/Cadenza Artists client with whom we’ve always loved working. Last summer, we realized a long-time collaborative project - producing a live presentation of March of the Penguins with the Seattle Symphony [include link to blog post], which Jeff conducted.

Jeff’s film conducting credits include March of the Penguins, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Astroboy, Anchorman, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and countless others. On the concert stage, in addition to conducting the Seattle Symphony in a live presentation of March of the Penguins, he led the Tasmanian premier of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and conducted London Symphony Orchestra in a recording of music by Alfonso Romero, among many others.

Here are some highlights from the episode:

  • The major differences between conducting for live concerts vs film
  • How the film music industry has changed - the challenges and opportunities
  • The many steps in the film musical production chain, from the composer’s concept to a finished film score
  • What instrumentalists need to understand and be able to do to thrive in the studio world
  • What it’s like to work on music for a major motion picture