GEMS Film & Visual Media Scoring Program


Summer Program Information

First Day: July 5th 2021

Last Day: July 12th 2021

Location: Madrid, Spain

Standard Tuition Fee: 1800€

ScoreLive 24 runnerups Scholarships Tuition: 2600€

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Now in its forth successive year, maestro Christopher Young is returning to teach his fantastic, exciting and dynamic GEMS Film Scoring Program, bringing together amazing, creative students from all over the world, to study, work and record with award winning music industry specialists in Composition, Orchestration, Production and Live Recording.

The complete GEMS Scoring Full Program is a professional immersive experience spearheaded by Hollywood A list film composer Christopher Young, amplified by a two further leading Hollywood A list specialists, Garry Schyman and Pete Anthony. The A Team! Christopher Young, Garry Schyman and Pete Anthony are also all Professors & Instructors at USC teaching in the world renown Screen Scoring program.

Participants will receive TBC days in Spain, with these award winning Hollywood composers and orchestrator, including a 65 piece orchestral recording of their composition with Spains number one studio orchestra!


A once in a life time opportunity to meet, work and be mentored by Christopher Young, Garry Schyman and Pete Anthony, and develop your professional career. Without doubt, its going to be our best program yet!


What does the program offer?

This intensive program covers the entire creative arc for scoring for film and visual media. Participants will receive programs from Christopher Young, Garry Schyman, Pete Anthony and conclude the program with a massive 65 piece Orchestral Recordings.


Who should apply?

Participants attending this program will want to learn new and additional composition and orchestration craft skills from a A list Hollywood Film composer. Are keen to create a memorable main title. Be DAW proficient. Looking to be guided and exposed to a whole range of scoring techniques for different style main titles and cues. Learn about the process of working with top Hollywood Directors. Experience industry standard workflows, collaborations and best practices delivered by award winning specialists. Network with fellow global composers. Be mentored by Christopher Young and record with Spains most prominent film scoring orchestra. Discover professional career development options to further your career. Above all, tell a story through music

Participants attending this program will want to learn new and additional orchestration craft skills from a A list Hollywood orchestrator, and apply these techniques to their own and other composers work. Looking to be guided and exposed to a whole range of orchestration techniques for techniques for film and visual media. Learn about the process of orchestration for top Hollywood Composers. Experience industry standard workflows, collaborations and best practices and meet and network with like minded composers.

Participants attending this program will require an interest in Scoring for Video Game, and keen to create memorable game cues. Will want to learn new and additional compositional  craft skills from a A list Hollywood game composer. Have an interest in composing, using combat, action, aleatoric techniques. Gain insights in to the specific software required and the process of composing and recording for Video Game. Understand working for a Video Game studio, client, director, producer. Participants who would like a critic of their music, and experience Video Game industry standard workflows and best practices taught by Garry Schyman.


Strictly limited number of places available on the full program with the 65 piece orchestral recordings.

Participants looking for 65 piece orchestra live recording experience, who, should they choose, gain experience conducting a large orchestra to a click track. Composers who are aiming to tell prospective clients, producers and directors that they have had successful experience recording live. Can demonstrate a high quality professional recording, and how well they executed the workflow, with the orchestra, the conductor, and producer. Participants are aiming to develop their portfolio for college applications, scholarship applications, share with producers and directors, or to secure contracts. Participants looking for experience working with our orchestrators and our producer, who share ideas and best practices for your composition.

What to bring

Enthusiasm, Passion, Originality! You will also need experience in music theory. Have ideas about composing for Film, Game & Visual Media. A laptop with a DAW installed, for example “Sibelius”, “Logic”. An optional midi keyboard. Your music burned to a CD. faq software

What's Included

GEMS Christopher Young Film Scoring Program

GEMS Garry Schyman Video Game Scoring Program

GEMS Pete Anthony Orchestration Program

65 Piece Orchestral Recording

Lunch with the Tutor/s

Video of your Orchestral Recording

Pro tools session

Full copyright and ownership of your recording

Mentoring 1 to 1 session with Christopher Young


3 Native Instruments Komplete 12 Awards

Awards, scores, t-shirt, certificates

End of Program Flamenco Party


Once successfully completed, you will be able to focus on song form and create memorable main titles. Have best practices for faster composition methods and greater understanding of notation techniques and instrumentation selection. Be able to locate, identify and access your creative arsenal. Be mentored by Christopher Young and use this experience and guidance to further develop your professional career. Grow your network with fellow composers, guest speakers, faculty and the orchestra.

Once successfully completed, participants will gain an intimate knowledge of, and familiarity with, the sonority, range, and unique dramatic aspects of all major orchestral instruments. This will provide them with the additional skills needed for a successful career composing and orchestrating for film, game and visual media.

Once successfully completed, participants can focus on incorporating compositions using combat, action, aleatoric techniques. Have transferable compositional skills from game to film.  Understand the affects of adaptive music on your compositions. Further understanding of Video Games software composition options. Understanding compositional diversity for Video Games. Meet and network with like minded composers. Use this experience to develop your professional career towards working in Video Gaming.


Participants will complete the program with a Professional 65 piece Orchestral Recording of their original composition created during the program or bring in their own composition to record. This is a first class accompaniment for your professional portfolio, allowing you to share with prospective clients, producers and directors your abilities to work with a professional orchestra. Additionally you may wish to use this opportunity to pitch for contracts offering a live 65 piece orchestral recording, for a main title, short or cues, elevating your work from conventional sample library recordings, whilst helping finance your recording.


Message from founder Nigel Ashley Lees

I am proud to welcome you to the 2020 GEMS Film Scoring Program. Our GEMS program provide the contemporary composer with an immersive experience that gives you opportunities to grow creatively, develop new craft skills, meet like minded musicians, study with established composers, in an enthusiastic, enjoyable, safe and purposeful program.

Each year we are improving your creative experience. This year, we are introducing our largest orchestra ever, to give you a full professional experience and canvas upon which to compose.
We have amplified the size of the orchestra to a 65 piece orchestra, allowing participants to composer for a big sound main title or any of their own compositions. Secondly. to support this, we have secured bringing back a world class orchestrator and video game composer, to continue our vision of broadening and facilitating the complete writing experience. All three teachers are USC instructors. Finally we are launching our Hollywood Composers Residence. An amazing opportunity to put you and your music in the heart of Hollywood.


This is the perfect starting point for musicians, composers, performers & producers, who want to explore scoring for Film, TV, VideoGame and Visual Media. We look forward to welcoming you to Spain.

In English
The GEMS Film Scoring Program, Spain will be delivered in English. You will need the ability to speak, understand and work in English. Bi-lingual Faculty support will be available during classes, mentoring session, and orchestral recording.



​Please note, dates, tutors and details are subject to change

Lunch Times



City Centre, Valencia, Spain

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees and deposits can be made by bank transfer or via our website in the Tuition Fees tab.  See FAQs for full details.

Christopher Young  Program Instructor

Garry Schyman   Program Instructor

Juanjo Molina 

Assistant to all Tutors Conductor


Francesco Menini  Orchestration Instructor

 Tutor Assistant

Nigel Ashley Lees   Program Director



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Past Program Highlights

Fees & Payment Plans

Standard Tuition Fee


Standard Tuition Fee Deadline

May 1st 2020


ScoreLive 24 Runners up Tuition Fee



May 1st 2020

How to Apply