TORONTO RAVEL Study!  Now in its 6th year.xxxffxxxxxxxxxxxx

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Our study score is “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. First performed in 1918, not only did “The Planets” establish Gustav Holst’s international reputation as an important British composer of the 20th century, but it provided the template for a whole generation of film music. From “Star Wars” to “Star Trek” and beyond, Holst’s approach to the orchestra is ubiquitous in contemporary scoring.
Score for “Saturn”” can be found on the “Study Materials” page, at the bottom.
Watch Jamie Hopkings’ “Venus en reduction” at

COMPOSING FOR PRODUCTION MUSIC LIBRARIESMichael Reinmuller returns to Toronto Ravel to talk about what has become a significant source of revenue for many screen composers. However, with the proliferation of music libraries, disparate and sometimes exploitive business models, and a staggering amount of music available for licensing, getting one’s music to be heard and placed is becoming more and more difficult. Michael will share his experience both on the composing side (i.e. creating music that will stand out) and the business side (i.e. how to place music effectively and strategically).

Michael Reinmuller  Born in Austria and Toronto-based, Michael has been in the music business as a composer, author, Warner Bros. solo artist and studio producer since 1974. He is also the founder of OffOffIndie, an independent music label dedicated to the nurturing and development of great indie talent. For more information, go to


*GUEST STUDY LEADER; Amin Bhatia will be leading the introduction to “SaturnBringer of Old Age”. Amin is a highly successful composer and together with longtime friend and collaborator Ari Posner shares a Canadian Screen Award for their work on Flashpoint, and an Emmy nomination for the Disney series Get Ed.




NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment.  Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.

Many of you are actively performing musicians or are composers with TV shows or films containing your original scores. If you would like me to mention upcoming concerts or showtimes, please see me during the first hour, and I will make the announcement during “Adventures in Listening”. This way we can get the word out while preserving the relaxed and casual atmosphere that we have created at Toronto Ravel.
We need your helpWe know that Toronto Ravel is viable, but we need to ensure that it is sustainable. There are 2 ways you can help;  First, by spreading the word to your friends, Facebook friends, colleagues, etc., and by passing around the links to our videos – the links are below. Also – you can volunteer a bit of your time and be part of the Ravel team.  We need people who can assist with publicity and promotion to work with Janal Bechtholt in spreading the word.  Please email if you can lend a hand. 
          Promo Video PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK!
          Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel
See you at Ravel!