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I soon started work on my second degree, a bachelor of music in composition under Dr. Arlan Schultz at the University of Lethbridge. In 2015 I was selected as one of 12 composers to participate in the Film Scoring Institute at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. There I received instruction and lessons from director Thomas Haines, Jeff Rona (Traffic/Black Hawk Down/Thin Red Line), Michael Patterson (Jag/The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones/Tiny Toon Adventures), Sam Estes (Inception/Dark Knight Rises/American Horror Story), Tyler Bates (Californication/Halloween/Guardians of the Galaxy), Blake Neely (The Flash/Arrow/The Mentalist), Adam and Jack Smalley (Chronicles of Narnia/Kung Fu Panda/Twilight/Charlie’s Angels/Knight Rider) and Lennie Moore (Fighter Within/Star Wars: The Old Republic/Halo).
Jordan Berg - Composer
2016 has been great so far - I was invited to participate in the prestigious NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker. This had been my dream for a number of years and it was an incredible experience. I have also begun studying with the great C.F. Kip Winger whose album 'Conversations with Nijinsky' recently went to #1 on the Billboard classical chart. I am also working on a soundtrack! Details to be revealed soon...
I moved back to Canada from Los Angeles and began my studies in classical composition at the University of Toronto under Dr. Roger Bergs (Juilliard/UofT) while I completed an honours bachelor of arts in philosophy. Afterward, I earned a specialist certificate in ‘Orchestration and Production for Film and Games’ from the Berklee College of Music and spent a number of years moving around and teaching music. During this time I began taking lessons in film scoring and composition with Grammy and Emmy nominated composer Ryan Shore.
In high school I gained some experience as a jazz drummer touring through Western Canada and the US. During this time I began playing the guitar and studying music theory intensely. When I graduated I moved to Hollywood, CA and studied at Musicians Institute where I was able to meet and learn from some of the best players in the industry. I am very proud to have studied with and been coached by Paul Gilbert, Tony Macalpine, Rafael Moreira, Joy Basu and Ken Steiger.
When I returned home from Cincinnati, I was commissioned by the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra to compose a brass quintet to kick off their 2015/2016 season and also had my piece ‘Dharamsala’ performed by the West European Symphony Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal (See the 'Video' page).