An evening with composer Michael Rendish is the first fall offering from the PSU Department of Music, Theatre,and Dance at Plymouth State University, Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Center. There is no charge for admission.
Rendish is cochair emeritus of Berklee College’s film scoring department. A gifted performer and award-winning writer who has composed, orchestrated and conducted some 30 film scores including Faces of Freedom, A Place of Dreams, Yorktown, and the PBS series, America by Design.
He was the composer for Academy Award nominee, The Klan: A Legacy of Hate in America, and arranger and guest conductor of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra for the 50th Jubilee Concert in honor of the King of Thailand.
In his more than 40 years at Berklee, Rendish has been active in developing some of the world’s finest talent in contemporary popular music. He founded Berklee’s Harmony Department, and has written and taught courses at all levels of traditional, contemporary, and jazz arranging/composition. He was also the founding chair of the electronic music program, the major that introduced music synthesis to Berklee.
Rendish is actively involved in Berklee music’s continuing education program, for which he has written Getting Inside Harmony 1 and 2, a UCEA award-winning course on harmony in contemporary music. Along with Don Wilkins, he also teaches the online course, Film Scoring 101.