Our Mission

To advance the creative and technical process of scoring visual media by bringing together composers, filmmakers, audio engineers, and musicians to share knowledge through the production of educational programs and community events.

Here are some highlights of recent events. For more, visit our Library.

ASA History

Ron Jones HeadshotThe Academy of Scoring Arts was founded in 2009 by legendary composer, orchestrator, and arranger Ron Jones. With over three decades of experience and two Emmy nominations under his belt, Jones has always looked for ways to express himself both musically and creatively. His accomplishments include scoring many of TV’s most popular shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Disney’s Duck Tales and two hit animated series for Fox, Family Guy and American Dad. His theme for Nickelodeon’s Fairly Odd Parents was the most played song on broadcast TV world-wide for three years.

What began in 2009 as an informal study of classic scores among Ron’s friends and peers turned into the Ravel Orchestration Study, and then the non-profit Academy of Scoring Arts. The ASA has since grown to encompass multiple studies, professional studies, and meet-ups to help professionals network with each other.

Ron’s extracurricular activities include being a visiting lecturer at many colleges and universities. He has been invited to be the keynote speaker at The International Conference on Creativity in Malta and in the former USSR as a guest of the Russian Composer’s Union. He composes for symphony orchestras, choirs, jazz bands, marching groups, chamber groups, experimental music ensembles, electronic and all sorts of studio groups. Having conducted and produced hundreds of sessions for most of the Hollywood studios, Jones also guest conducts symphony orchestras in concert. Jones recently conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in a concert of his compositions for Star Trek.

In 2014, Ron relocated Ron Jones Productions, Inc. to the Pacific Northwest to build SkyMuse Studios, a scoring stage and recording studio in rural Washington.  There, he continues his work of collaboration, creativity, and education in music and the scoring arts.

Meet our Board of Directors

David Das
David DasPresident
Reuven Herman
Reuven HermanVice President
Bonnie Janofsky
Bonnie JanofskySecretary-Treasurer
Del Engen
Del EngenBoard Member
Carrin Tanaka
Carrin TanakaBoard Member
Daniel Raijman
Daniel RaijmanBoard Member
Craig Marks
Craig MarksBoard Member
Nick Repetto
Nick RepettoBoard Member
Daniel Stimac
Daniel StimacBoard Member

Advisory Board

Russell Steinberg
Russell Steinberg
Russell is a lauded composer of music for orchestra, chamber, solo and film, as well as conductor of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. He regularly performs on both piano and classical guitar, and is a lecturer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New West Symphony. Russell received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss.
Marc Scott Zicree
Marc Scott Zicree
Marc Scott Zicree is an award-winning science fiction author, screenwriter, director, and producer. His hundreds of television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, The Twilight Zone, Babylon 5, Sliders, Friday the 13th: The Series, Liberty’s Kids, The Smurfs and many others. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Twilight Zone Companion and Magic Time Trilogy.
Evan Rowe
Evan Rowe
Evan Rowe is a saxophonist and composer based in Southern California with almost 20 years of experience. He attended the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), one of the nation’s premier charter high schools for arts education and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Berklee College of Music. He has also had the privilege to perform with a variety of different groups and artists, from up-and-coming bands to major Grammy Award-winning artists such as singers James Ingram and David Pack (of Ambrosia). Evan presently works full-time for Toastmasters International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building effective communication and leadership skills and he has served as Treasurer for the Academy of Scoring Arts, Inc from 2011 to 2017.
Don Williams
Don Williams
Don Williams’ vast and varied career as a percussionist, composer, orchestrator and conductor spans popular and classical music while advancing musical education in both America and Europe. A native of Los Angeles, Williams grew up in the famed Williams family of composers and musicians that included his brothers John and Jerry and sister Joan.
Eric Goetz
Eric GoetzBoard Member
Scott Healy
Scott Healy
Los Angeles-based Scott Healy is a Grammy-nominated composer, producer, pianist and multi-keyboardist who multitasks across the musical spectrum. He is best-known for playing in the house band for Conan O’Brien: first on Late Night in NYC, then moving out to LA in 2009 for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and now Conan on TBS, where he holds down the keyboard chair in the Basic Cable Band. He released Hudson City Suite, by the 10-piece Scott Healy Ensemble, in 2013, to worldwide praise, stellar online and print reviews, national jazz radio airplay, and a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition.
Tony Reid
Tony Reid
Tony is a and lifelong music lover. He is a music consultant and talent agent at McHugo Artists, and an attorney for One Reel, a non-profit arts production organization which produces the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle. Tony brings experience with event production, non-profit arts organization management, music supervision, and music licensing.
Peter Himmelman
Peter Himmelman
Peter Himmelman is a Grammy and Emmy nominated performer and composer for film and television, including Bones (FOX) and Judging Amy (CBS). He’s made sixteen critically acclaimed recordings since 1986 and won six ASCAP film and television awards. His company Big Muse conducts unique workshops that help individuals and organizations unlock their creative potential.
Michael Ross
Michael Ross
Michael is a long-time journalist focused on entertainment, popular culture and American politics. Formerly a news editor for TheWrap, an L.A.-based entertainment trade publication, he was also an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He has written about music and musicians for numerous publications including PopMatters, msnbc.com (now NBCNews.com), Salon, and The New York Times. He contributes essays to Medium, and to the content channels of Jerrick Media. More recently, he has also leveraged his experience in editorial content to include strategies on marketing and social media.
Angel Velez

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