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04) Don Wilkins

Don Wilkins is Chair Emeritus of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music, Boston. His musical education and performance experience began in Sacramento, California. Following two years as a Music major at American River College, he learned of Berklee’s unique contemporary music curriculum and enrolled in the fall of 1966. He was most drawn to Jazz Arranging, Composition and Conducting. His arrangements and compositions were featured in student concerts and performed on local Boston TV. During his senior year, he was named Music Director, Conductor and co-Composer of Harvard’s perennial Hasty Pudding Theatricals production, The Boy Who Cried Beowulf.

Upon graduation in 1970 he returned to California and became immersed in the film industry in Hollywood. Private studies with Albert Harris and seminars with Earle Hagen led to professional scoring opportunities under composers, Fred Steiner and Earl Robinson. Don gained extensive studio experience at scoring and dubbing sessions and learned the technical craft and professional responsibilities of music editing for films and TV at Neiman-Tillar Associates. These professional opportunities would provide him with an essential foundation for developing the curriculum in Film Scoring at Berklee. He was called to join the faculty in 1975. Four years later, Film Scoring was added as a major field of study at the college.
Over the next 30 years, a steady expansion of course offerings continued in the department. From the start of his teaching career, Don initiated collaborations with film production programs at Boston University, Emerson College, NYU, and RISD, among others. He encouraged a professional-style, working relationship between students concentrating in film and music, supervising (producing) the scoring sessions of over 200 such films. Don retained his own professional writing career throughout his years of teaching and department leadership, scoring documentaries, dramatic shorts and features, series for cable and network TV and a wide range of promotional scores and PSAs. (see Scoring Credits at his website: www.Noddingtonmusic.com ).

In more recent years, his focus included creating liturgical music for choirs (Mass of Joyful Hope) and a range of instrumental concert works. He maintains an introductory course in film scoring for Berklee Online and continues to mentor students of emerging talent and ambition. This recent addition to the BKJ catalog complements his liturgical works published at JW Pepper Music.

Orichalcum Moods
by Donald. F. Wilkins
A new concert work for Brass Septet (2 Tpt. 2 Hrn., Tbn., B. Tbn. and Tuba) duration: 6 min.

View and Download a sample of the score and a recording  of the full piece below.

This composition is now exclusively available at J. W. Pepper. This link will take you there.

Peter Hazzard,
Mar 16, 2018, 2:23 PM
Wilkins - Orichalcum Moods.mp3
Peter Hazzard,
Mar 16, 2018, 2:28 PM