(Palm Springs, FL) June 26, 2015- Tyler Grow is a very special young man. He is a freshman at G-Star School of the Arts for Film, Animation and Performing Arts, one of many Palm Beach County charter schools. Tyler was adopted from an orphanage in Romania where he suffered a serious brain injury to the right side of his head due to the brutal treatment he received at the orphanage. He struggles with short term memory loss and the auditory processing of speech. He often has to read lips to understand what is said. School work is extremely difficult due to his memory issues and processing deficits. Struggling against these odds, Tyler continued to work with his other faculties most notably in the area of music. Fortunately, music is processed on the opposite side of the brain and he discovered he is gifted in that area.
Tyler, a friendly and well liked at student at G-Star Palm Beach County magnet schools, has been accepted into the New York University (NYU) – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Film Scoring workshop in New York City. This major honor is the inclusion in the professional workshop where he will be studying with the film composer Michael A. Levine whose resume includes the recent movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the TV show Cold Case, Batman: The Dark Knight and the Star Wars trilogy. Mr. Levine has also worked with Cher, Michael Bolton, Rick Derringer, Marianne Faithful, Hip Hop Grandmaster Flash, Academy Award and 12-time Grammy Award winner Dave Grusin, Joe Jackson, and Lenny Kravitz. The NYU-ASCAP Program Director, Dr. Ronald Sadoff, stated that in 15 years the program has only accepted four talented high school students and they are excited to accept Tyler.
Tyler’s dream is to return to Romania one day and speak to the children of the orphanage to let them know that just because they are orphans it doesn’t mean they are less than others. He wants to change the way people across the world view orphaned and abandoned children and also bring an understanding of children with disabilities. That even though he struggles to understand what people say, has hearing loss, now also right side vision impairments, and has short term memory issues due to injuries from the orphanage the other side of the brain compensates and he is brilliant musically and creatively.
From the NYU-ASCAP web site: “The NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop will immerse participants in both classical Hollywood film scoring and the techniques of the modern scoring world. Led by industry professionals, dedicated sessions will address the creative process, orchestrating, conducting, music editing, and MIDI mockups. Participants can opt for one of two tracks – orchestral or hybrid – and choose a clip from a selection of rough cuts, representing a variety of genres. The workshop will culminate in a full day of recording sessions at NYU state of the art facilities, featuring New York City’s top-tier studio musicians. Previous workshops included players from the NY Philharmonic and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
The workshop is taught by some of today’s most creative composers and orchestrators, led by Sean Callery (Homeland, Elementary) and Michael Levine (Cold Case, Close to Home). Veteran core faculty member Mark Snow (X-Files, Blue Bloods) and NYU Film Scoring faculty member Ira Newborn (Naked Gun series) will be featured. The ASCAP Foundation and the Society of Composers and Lyricists, with SCL President and veteran composer Dan Foliart (7th Heaven), will headline additional presentations on the art and business of film music.”
Contact: Greg Hauptner