Up Against the Screen and the Pickford Ensemble
The educational mission of Up Against the Screen is to train young composers and performing musicians in the art and presentation of composition for multimedia. Composing for a select chamber ensemble comprised entirely of collegiate instrumentalists, our student composers selected to participate in this project learn to develop an effective music score for live players that supports the visual drama on the screen. The Pepperdine student instrumentalists in The Pickford Ensemble perform this music and learn the special and valuable discipline of performance with another linear artistic medium such as silent film and animation, which requires the performer to be constantly "on and present" at every moment.
The Pickford Ensemble
Under the direction of Dr. Hanks, this new music ensemble is dedicated to performing the music of contemporary composers, including our own composition students. Selected by audition, the Pickford Ensemble represents Pepperdine's finest student instrumentalists and singers.