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August 25-27, 2023

silent zoo studios

The Joy Music House Score Production Workshop is designed to train working composers to produce their own scoring sessions effectively and efficiently. Through a combination of masterclasses, personalized one-on-one instruction and feedback, and hands-on experience recording with the best of LA studio musicians they will learn the variety of skills required to produce high-quality scoring sessions.

Program structure

Preparation Sessions

Tuesdays in August

Leading up to the in-studio weekend in Los Angeles, there will be four evening zoom classes featuring score production instruction with Catherine Joy, feedback from musicians, and guest interviews with JMH Composer Clients. Guests will include Drum & Lace, Ian Hultquist, Miriam Cutler and Emile Mosseri


Participants will also have two one-on-one sessions where the JMH team will work with the composer participants as they compose, orchestrate and prepare their pieces for recording.


In-Studio Weekend at Silent Zoo Studios

August 25 Friday

Meet & Greet 

Get to know Silent Zoo Studios and the JMH team.


August 26 Saturday - Brass and Woodwinds (8 piece)

10:00-1:00 Score producing masterclass with Catherine Joy

2-:00-5:00 Round 1 of Composer Participant recording

6:30-9:30 Round 2 of Composer Participant recording


August 27 Sunday - Strings (8 piece)

10:00-1:00 Score producing masterclass with Catherine Joy

2:00-5:00 Round 1 of Composer Participant recording

6:30-9:30 Round 2 of Composer Participant recording


Program Completion Celebration! 

PRogram Includes

All Instruction

25 minutes of recording & producing time each studio day (Sat and Sun)

All Meals Saturday and Sunday (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)

Session Photography and Videography

Printing of Score and Parts by Composer Press

limited seats available!

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composer tier


  • Composition Experience (Selected credits required)

  • Familiarity with and license for a notation software - Sibelius (preferred), Dorico, Finale (PDF of a recent score sample required)

  • Must be in Los Angeles August 25-27


auditor tier


  • Access to all group zoom class 

  •  Invitation to all in-studio activities

  • All meals

While auditors cannot ask questions on the zoom or in-studio sessions, they are welcome to join the group for all meals and ask questions of JMH team members, musicians and participants during those hang-out times. They are a valued part of the program!

Apply Now!

Thank you! We’ll be in touch.

Why learn score production?

As composers, we’re lucky when we have the opportunity and budget to record live musicians, whether it be chamber ensembles or full orchestras. Producing these recording sessions is a skill that doesn’t come naturally.


When score producing you need to run the session, direct both the musicians and the engineer, keep an eye on the time, mentally process the takes as they are happening, problem shoot and strategize how to get the sound you need in that moment. Every second that ticks by is money spent. It is a lot of pressure!


The JMH Score Production Workshop will equip you with those skills and then provide you the chance to use them, just like in real life. You will then receive feedback and do it all again the next day!

about the musicians

This is an AFM production. 

String contractor: Lisa Liu

Brass / WW contractor: Preston Shepard

Education Team: Composers of Joy Music House led by Catherine Joy

about Joy Music House

Joy Music House is a woman-lead business working towards innovating the world of score production with a commitment to community, diversity and equality. We are composers supporting composers through all areas of score production while uplifting the community and providing a spotlight for emerging and diverse creators. We have teams in LA, New York, and London.

Composers can find the resources they need at JMH, whether it is an assistant for three days or a score production team for a month.

Think of us as an elite force of musical operatives, ready to come on board at a moment’s notice.

about Catherine joy

Catherine Joy is a composer, score producer and Adjunct Faculty of the Masters Screen Scoring program at New York University Steinhardt. She has score produced seven of her own orchestral scores including Home is a Hotel, Women In the Front Seat, and Potato Dreams of America and over 40 scores for other composers including Miriam Cutler, Emile Mosseri, Steven Argila, Drum&Lace and Ian Hultquist. Credits include the Oscar-nominated score for Minari, the score for Emmy-winning series Wild Wild Country and Emmy-Nominated RBG and Love, Gilda. 

While scoring projects in Los Angeles she started copying, orchestrating, score supervising and eventually score producing for film composers in the Los Angeles film composer community and beyond. This led to her founding the full service Score Production company Joy Music House in 2018 which is an elite team of composers providing support in all aspects of score production for their fellow composers. 


Catherine believes in community building and composers supporting composers. She is a long-time member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, is currently on the board of the Alliance for Women Film Composers and was the President from 2021 - 2023. Catherine has also mentored for Women In Animation and Women’s Audio Mission.

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