Summer Intensive Instructors

 

Since 1997, the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program has grown from a single instructor to a roster of skilled professionals who each bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the classroom and studio.

The program faculty and staff consist entirely of experienced professionals and include several names recognized internationally in their fields.

 

 

Faculty and Staff

I: Hummie Mann

II: Akash Thakkar

III: Doug Zangar

IV: Sue Ennis

V: Jacob Winkler

VI: Jason Devore

VII: Lance Rhoades

VIII: Lance Hayes

IX: Todd Kovell

X: Sammy Applegate

 

 

 

 

HUMMIE MANN

Name:

Hummie Mann

Role:

Head Instructor, Film Composition

Joined Program:

1997

Web Site:

http://www.hummiemann.com

Hummie Mann is a two-time Emmy Award-winning composer/arranger/ conductor who has collaborated with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films. His feature film scores have ranged from Mel Brooks' “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and “Dracula Dead and Loving It” to Peter Yates' “Year of the Comet”, the children’s film “Thomas and the Magic Railroad” to “Wooly Boys” directed by Leszek Burzynski starring Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Carradine and Joe Mazzello. For television, he has scored projects for Jonathan Kaplan (the miniseries re-make of “In Cold Blood”), Norman Jewison (“Picture Windows – Soir Bleu”), Peter Bogdanovich (“The Rescuers: Tales of Courage - Two Women”), Simon Wincer (the miniseries “P.T. Barnum”), Joe Dante (Masters of Horror: “Homecoming” and “The Screwfly Solution”), Jim Abrahams (“First Do No Harm”), Richard Friedenberg (“Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas”), William Friedkin, John Milius and Ralph Bakshi (all part of the “Rebel Highway” series of films), among others.

Hummie Mann ConductingIn 1997, he established the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program out of a commitment to share his industry knowledge and experience with music composition students and other composers interested in the art of composing music for film. He developed a curriculum focusing on the craft of dramatic music composition which is the core of the PNWFS Program.

Hummie’s musical career began with piano lessons when he was seven years old, and by the age of 13 he was playing guitar and writing and recording songs that were featured on a radio program in his native Canada. He later earned a Bachelor’s degree in Composition from the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston graduating Magna Cum Laude.

His first professional arranging job came while he was serving as the musical director for a musical comedy show touring the United States.

During a stop in California, Hummie was hired to arrange and produce the music for an American Cancer Society public service announcement, which helped him get his foot in the door of the local industry in southern California. Soon after, he relocated to Los Angeles and began composing and orchestrating for a variety of television programs including Fame, Knots Landing, ALF, The Simpsons, and Moonlighting (for which he received two Emmy nominations).

Before devoting himself to composing full time, Hummie worked as an orchestrator and/or conductor on a variety of feature films including City Slickers, The Addams Family, A Few Good Men, Sister Act and Sleepless in Seattle.

As one of the few professionals to achieve a successful transition from orchestrator to composer, Hummie has established himself within the industry based on the quality of his highly-acclaimed scores, however, sharing his knowledge and experience with others remains central to Hummie’s personal and professional philosophies.

He first began teaching courses as part of the UCLA Extension Film Scoring Program, and after relocating Seattle, continued by offering courses in film scoring through his Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program. He has also guest lectured at a variety of universities in the US and twice visited and lectured in the People’s Republic of China as a member of an arts cultural exchange delegation. Hummie has taught the courses he developed for the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program in Edinburgh, Scotland & Copenhagen, Denmark on multiple occasions and in 2010 he was invited to lead a workshop in film music at the Dakhla Film Festival in Morocco. For 2 years he traveled back and forth to Chicago where he served as Assistant Professor of Film Composition in the Masters program at Columbia College Chicago. In 2010 he was listed in Variety Magazine’s Education Impact Report article about industry related education as a “Leader in Learning”.

In addition to winning two Emmys – the first for arranging Billy Crystal's opening number at the 1992 Academy Awards, the second for composing the score to an episode of Showtime's “Picture Windows” series called Language of the Heart (1996) - Hummie received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater, Berklee College of Music, in 1998.

Currently he divides his time between Mercer Island, Washington and Santa Monica, CA where he continues to work in the industry.

Institutions interested in inviting Hummie Mann to speak as a guest lecturer on the topic of film scoring may reach him through the Contact page.

Hummie Mann holds a Bachelors of Music with a Major in Composition, magna cum laude, from the Berklee College of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Film Composition from the University of Salford in Manchester, England.

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AKASH THAKKAR

Name:

Akash Thakkar

Role:

Instructor, Digital Performer, Advanced MIDI II & Game Scoring

Joined Program:

2014

   
Akash Thakkar is a graduate of the Berklee College of music and has had extensive experience as a composer/sound designer for video games, with credits including Hyper Light Drifter, Ironclad Tactics, Gnomoria, Freedom Planet, and more. Akash has a large passion for education, having spoken about game audio at conferences around the world and is always looking for new ways to spread his knowledge throughout the film & game industries.  Akash gave a “TedX Talk” in 2015 at McGraw hall in Seattle.

Akash Thakkar Teaching

Akash Thakkar holds a Bachelors of Music degree from Berklee College of Music.

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DOUG ZANGAR

Name:

Doug Zangar

Role:

Instructor, Logic and Ear Training

Joined Program:

2004

Web Site:

http://www.zproinc.com

Doug moved to Seattle in the late 70's to study jazz at Cornish College of the Arts. Faculty at that time included Gary Peacock and Art Lande. Since graduating in 1982, he has been active in many areas of the music industry including performing, composing, and teaching.

Doug Zangar PortraitAs a guitarist he has toured with national acts including Vic Damone and Diahann Carrol and performed shows with Pavarotti, The Drifters, The 5th Dimension and many others.

As a composer he has written for industrial videos (Alaska Airlines, Uwajimaya, Washington Dairy Association), and film (A Beautiful Thing, Anatomy of a Fly, The Clearing). In his home studio he collaborates with vocalists and songwriters as a producer, arranger and performer. Recent projects include Homeless for the Holidaze and She’s Lost the Sun.

An Apple Certified Trainer on Logic since version 6, he has also authored many tutorial videos for Groove3.com on Logic, Mainstage and Soundtrack Pro.

He is an associate faculty member at Shoreline Community College where he has taught music theory, jazz improvisation, instrumental ensembles, guitar classes and private lessons. As a faculty member of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program he teaches midi technology on Apple's Logic Pro. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.

Doug Zangar holds an Associates degree in Arts and Sciences from Columbia Basin College and a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Cornish College of the Arts.

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SUE ENNIS

Name:

Sue Ennis

Role:

Instructor, Songwriting

Joined Program:

2003

Sue Ennis is a Seattle songwriter and educator. Since the mid-70's she has been co-writing songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson of the popular Seattle rock band HEART. (30 million records sold internationally).

Sue Ennis PortraitSue co-penned such hits as "Dog and Butterfly," "Straight On," and "Even It Up," and she plays in the band The Lovemongers with Ann and Nancy Wilson. The band's version of "Battle of Evermore" was included in Cameron Crowe's 1993 film Singles. Sue has co-written songs for feature films including The Golden Child starring Eddie Murphy. She and film composer Hummie Mann wrote "Shining Time," a song featured in the 2000 film Thomas and The Magic Railroad.

Sue's volunteer job is to write children's songs for Thistle Theatre, a Seattle-based family puppet theatre. In addition, her songs and score are featured in Seattle Children's Theatre's production of Art Dog, a musical adaptation of the beloved kids' book. She is one of 3 lead teachers at the Young Songwriter's Lab, a summer program sponsored by the Seattle Theatre Group. She also teaches classes in the music business, songwriting, and the NEW music business at Shoreline Community College, and is President of the Board of Governors for the Recording Academy. Her other musical collaborations include Rocket Records recording artist, Matt Bekker. Sue is currently writing a musical about the band Heart.

Sue Ennis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Willamette University and an Master of Arts in German literature from the University of California-Berkeley.

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JACOB WINKLER

Name:

Jacob Winkler

Role:

Instructor, Finale/Sibelius and Conducting

Joined Program:

2014

Jacob Winkler (bio coming soon)

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JASON DEVORE

Name:

Jason Devore

Role:

Instructor, Studio Technology

Joined Program:

2013

Jason Devore (bio coming soon)

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LANCE RHOADES

Name:

Lance Rhoades

Role:

Instructor, History of Film Music

Joined Program:

2011

Lance Rhoades Headshot

Lance Rhoades is a film historian who earned a graduate degree in Literature and Cinema Studies from The University of Washington, where he has taught many courses in cinema studies and was a recipient of the university's Excellence in Teaching Award. Rhoades regularly presents talks throughout North America, Asia and Europe, and each year he teaches a course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also served as Director of Film Studies at the Seattle Film Institute and as a faculty member of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.

 

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LANCE HAYES

Name:

Lance Hayes

Role:

Instructor, Video Game Scoring

Joined Program:

2011



Lance Hayes is an award winning composer, sound designer, lecturer and educator working in media, advertising, television, and video game soundtracks. Some of his projects include composing and producing music for “Nike+ Kinect Fitness“, the Stranded Music for the mega hit video game “Gears of War 3“, music for “Xbox Fitness” and scoring the original soundtracks to the sensational Microsoft exclusive “Forza Motorsport” series including the Xbox One launch title “Forza Motorsport 5″. Additional clients include Disney, Activision, The Discovery Channel, Warner Brothers, Best Buy, National Geographic, Harpo Inc., MTV, VH1 and many others.
Lance Hayes 
He takes pride in his work as an educator having taught the Game Audio and Composition track for both the Summer Intensive and the Masters of Music program at Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program and was nominated for a GANG Award for his educational “Next Level” series blog for Andertons Music UK.
 
As an in demand teacher and lecturer Lance has had the good fortune to present sessions at The Game Developer’s Conference, PAX Dev, GameSoundCon, Seattle Composers Alliance, DigiPen Audio Symposium, AES, SynthFest NW, The Art Institute, Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Berklee School of Music Video Game Music Club, Decibel Festival Conference and more.

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TODD KOVELL

Name:

Todd Kovell

Role:

Instructor, Theory

Joined Program:

2011



(Bio to come)

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SAMMY APPLEGATE

Name:

Sammy Applegate

Role:

Assistant Program Director

Joined Program:

2014



(Bio to come)

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