Berklee and Orchestral Tools Announce Partnership

Berklee's Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production departments will begin using Orchestral Tools software in their curricula starting in the fall of 2021.

December 17, 2020
Sean McMahon

Sean McMahon, chair of the Film Scoring Department

Berklee College of Music and Orchestral Tools, a leading software company in the media scoring industry, announced a partnership today that will provide the college’s Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing and Production departments with a unique orchestral sample library that will become part of the curriculum in the fall of 2021. The library will be customized to fit the college’s pedagogical needs and made available at a discount to all Berklee students, faculty, and staff.

“The partnership between Berklee and Orchestral Tools is one that will benefit our faculty and students for years to come,” said Sean McMahon, chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee. “This incredible technology will provide a multitude of opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and innovation here at Berklee that we would not have otherwise—the ability to utilize a full virtual orchestra is more important now than ever before in an environment of remote teaching and learning. I am grateful to Orchestral Tools for this tremendous partnership, and look forward to what’s to come.”

The Orchestral Tools library will give Berklee students, faculty, and staff access to a fully featured virtual orchestra for instructional purposes. High-quality instrument samples will be available as part of the library, transforming the technological assets for film scoring and contemporary writing and production students.

"We’re proud and honored that Berklee chose to work with us to create a custom orchestral library specifically for education. The college has an incredible commitment to professional music, and it means a lot to be working with them directly on something that will become an integral part of the film scoring and music production courses. We’re also incredibly excited to see and hear what these young composers will create with the library,” said Hendrik Schwarzer, CEO and founder of Orchestral Tools.

About Orchestral Tools

Orchestral Tools makes premium-quality sampled instruments for professional composers. Notable libraries include the Berlin Series; Metropolis Ark; Junkie XL Brass, created in collaboration with acclaimed film composer Tom Holkenborg; and Phoenix Orchestra, created in collaboration with composers Harry Gregson-Williams and Richard Harvey. Founded in 2005 by Hendrik Schwarzer, Orchestral Tools operates internationally from its base in Germany, with offices in Freiburg and Berlin.

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