Introducing ASA Live Sessions

We are proud to announce our first-ever ASA Live Session, an opportunity for composers to further their craft by writing for a live ensemble and receiving valuable constructive criticism on their writing. Join us on April 21, 2017 at 10am at Shepherd University in Los Angeles (map), as our moderator Norman Ludwin directs a live string quintet in playing a selection of pieces submitted by the ASA community. After each read-through, we’ll analyze the writing through the eyes of fellow composers and orchestrators, and through the eyes of the string players themselves. The goal is to sharpen our skills at writing for strings and understand the unique idiomatic characteristics of the instruments.

Call for Submissions

Submissions to the Live Session are now closed. Thanks to all who participated. We will shortly be announcing the list of scores and composers to be played.


Tickets for this event are now available on Eventbrite for $25! Please click below to purchase your tickets. Note that it will not be possible to buy tickets at the door. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter in order to receive updated information on the event.

Composers who submitted pieces for the Live Session do NOT have to buy a ticket. The entrance fee for composers includes admission.

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About Norman Ludwin

Norman Ludwin

Dr. Norman Ludwin is a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.

His recent orchestration credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.

Norman has worked as a double bass player on over two hundred motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including recent performances by the Seattle Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach.