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MICHAEL ISAACSON
Composer & Conductor

4841 Alonzo Ave. Encino, CA 91316
TEL & FAX (818) 343-6450
E-mail: eggcreamer@sbcglobal.net

Original Scores For Television Series
John Williams & The Boston Pops with Joan BaezP.B.S.
Rich Man, Poor Man IIUniversal Studios
Little WomenUniversal Studios
Bionic WomanUniversal Studios
Hawaii Five-OC.B.S.
Time TravelersDisney Studios
Days of Our LivesColumbia Pictures-T.V.

Michael Isaacson has been associated with the following composers in orchestrating, arranging, conducting or compositional capacities: Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Walter Scharf, David Shire, Charles Fox, Gerald Fried, Fred Karlin, Lee Holdridge, John Rubenstein, Earle Hagen, William Goldstein, Jack Elliot, Allyn Ferguson, Mark Snow and Chris Stone on the following productions:

Feature Motion Pictures
Liberty HeightsBaltimore Pictures
National Lampoon's European VacationWarner Bros. Productions
Strange BrewM.G.M. Productions
TrenchcoatWalt Disney Productions
Casey's ShadowRay Stark Productions
Billy Jack Goes To WashingtonBilly Jack Productions
The Passover PlotOaktree Productions

Motion Pictures For Television
A Summer To RememberC.B.S. Entertainment
Robert Kennedy - His Life and TimesColumbia Pictures
Love Boat Goes To ChinaSpelling/Cramer Productions
Mystic WarrierWarner Bros. Productions
CasablancaWarner Bros. Productions
Hollywood - The Gift Of LaughterJack Haley, Jr. Productions
Aloha ParadiseSpelling Productions
Midnight OfferingsStephan Cannell Productions
Hart To HartSpelling - Goldberg
Charlie's AngelsSpelling -Goldberg
Captains And KingsUniversal Studios
Three Thousand Mile Chase (pilot)Universal Studios
Little WomenUniversal Studios
Young Daniel BooneTwentieth Century Fox Studios
Julie Farr, M.D.Paramount Studios
Man-BeastAlan Landsberg Productions
The ChisholmsAlan Landsberg Productions
To Race The WindWarner Bros. Productions

Additional Media Projects
Chairperson of the Society of Composers and Lyricists Visiting Educational Seminars Program.
Columnist for the Society of Composers and Lyricist's SCORE Magazine
Arranged and produced The Promise of Time CD for Roslyn Kind. Five of his songs are included.
Produced CD of his musical Covenant of Wonders: The Giving & Receiving of the Ten Commandments
Composed & produced To Recreate The World, a childrenis Sabbath sacred service in response to the millennium, co-commissioned by 40 American temples & simultaneously premiered January 21, 2000.
Conducted and Produced Joyful Light Holiday CD with The Bulgarian National Symphony
Composed, arranged and conducted The Israel Philharmonic in all the film and permanent exhibition music for New Yorkis Museum of Jewish Heritage overlooking The Statue of Liberty.
Authored and produced cassette course: Ten Lessons in Composing Jewish Music Producing a double CD for Arabesque Recordings of two operas and choral music from Terezin.
Producer of Israel Philharmonic recordings for the new Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles
Composer & lyricist of Maccabi Olympic Youth Theme produced for L.A. Opening Ceremony
Music Director for Walter Scharf Music and Cinema Songs, L.A.
Tower Air -Narr. & prod. in- flight musical programming for international & domestic flights.
Founding Artistic Director of The Milken Archive of 20th Century American Jewish Music, conceived, administered, conducted & produced 14 choral and orchestral CDs
Additional in - house scoring for Foundation video presentations.
Music Director, The Jewish National Fund Gala Concerts - Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Ride A Purple Pelican - comp. & prod. 28 mu. settings of childrenis poems by Jack Prelutsky.
Chair Dancing - comp. & prod. aerobics music for Kaiser Permanente less ambulatory patients.
Blue Ribbon Panel Member of Music Judges, Emmy Awards, annually since 1981
Head Judge of The American Jewish Song Festival since 1992.
Joan Baez and Cathy Lee Crosby - Arrangements and orchestrations
The Bob Hope Show - Vocal arrangement and orchestration
Loyola Marymount University - Creation of syllabus for media music course
Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company - Arrangements for national distributors' convention
National Campaign songscore for 50th Birthday of March of Dimes campaign.
An Orchestral Tribute to Shlomo Bardin - Commissioned by Brandeis-Bardin Institute
A Video Guide To The Jewish Holidays - Arranged and produced background score
Theodore Bikel Sings Holiday Songs - Music director and arranger
Regeneration CD - Composed and conducted with Ed Asner, Nathan Lam, orch. & chorus
Legacy CD- Composed and conducted with Nathan Lam and the Israel Philharmonic
Opening Night CD- Conducted and produced "Michael Isaacson and The Israel Pops"
Halcyon CD- Cond. & produced "Michael Isaacson and The Hollywood Pops"
Time Capsule - Theme and concept music for U.A.H.C., T.V. interview series
Music production albums composed and conducted for John Parry Production Music
Jewish Federation, L.A. - Prod. and cond. four new musical works for 6505 pilot series

Theatre
Musical Direction and orchestrations for Charles Fox & Hal David's "The Chosen"
Musical Direction For Walter Scharf's "Willie Wonka" and "Maharajah"
Music Supervision for Split Second, Mayfair Theatre, Santa Monica
Produced original dramatic score for False Witness: The Trial of Adolph Hitler, Boca Raton, Florida.
Music. Direction and original music composed for Number Our Days, Mark Taper Forum, L.A.
New orchestrations for Kiss Me Kate, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
Musical Direction for N. Y. Prods. of The Boyfriend, Pal Joey, My Fair Lady and Milk And Honey
Original music for N. Y. productions of Under Milk Wood, Madwoman Of Chaillot and The Golem
Composed new musicals - Momma, Babe!, Old And Free , Is This A Great Life? & X-masworld, Covenant of Wonders, and Two Hans Please!
A showcased writer in Lehman Engel's BMI Musical Theater Workshop, 1967-1975

Ballet
Four Plus Five - Houston, Texas Premiere
The Daughters Of Lear - New York City Premiere

Published Articles
Music articles published in the Society of Composer & Lyricists SCORE, Journal of the Cantors Assembly, Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Guild of Temple Musicians Newsletter.

Published Music
Over 40 CDs and albums and 400 publications of choral, instrumental, sacred and educational works with Boosey & Hawkes, Shawnee Press, Lawson-Gould, Music-70, Transcontinental, New Horizons, Music for Percussion, MCA, Plymouth Music, Southern Music, John Parry Music, Alry Publications, Vivace Press and Egg Cream Music (ECM).

Choral Music
Michael. Isaacson's choral music has been performed by The Roger Wagner Chorale, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Paul Salamunovich and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Robert Page and the Pittsburgh Symphony Chorus, The Robert DeCormier Singers, The Princeton and Vienna Boys' Choirs, The Kettering Children's Choir, The Eastman School of Music, Harvard and Yale Glee Clubs, and synagogue and church choirs across North America.

Conducting Positions
Guest conductor, Riverside and Inland Empire Philharmonic Orchestras
Michael Isaacson is a Sony Recording Artist
Founding Music Director of The Hollywood Pops Orchestra
Founding Music Director of The Israel Pops Orchestra
Founding Music Director of The Holiday Pops Orchestra
Comp., cond. & prod. new mu. w/ the Munich Phil., Mexico City Symph. & The Israel Phil. Orch.
Music Director of the Michael Isaacson Singers since 1977
Conductor of all original orchestral scores for Television since 1976
Music Director of Case Western Reserve University Chorale, 1974-1975
Music Director of Festival Chorus, S.U.N.Y. Fredonia, 1973-1974
Conducting Assistant to Robert DeCormier, Eastman School of Music, 1972

Education
President of the Friends of Music, Cal State Los Angeles, 1984 -1985
Ph.D. in Composition from the Eastman School of Music, 1979
Master of Arts (Composition) from Brooklyn College, 1970
Bachelor of Science (Music Education) from Hunter College, 1967
Jazz Harmony & Improvisation with John Mehegan, Julliard School of Music, 1963-1965
Ethnomusicology w/ Israel Adler & Amnon Shiloach at Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem, 1969
Composition with David Lybbert, Robert Starer, Warren Benson and Samuel Adler
Orchestral conducting with Jonathan Sternberg
Choral Conducting with Ralph Hunter, John Dexter and Robert DeCormier
Arranging with Ruth Anderson and Rayburn Wright
Film scoring with Earle Hagen, Rayburn Wright and Walter Scharf
Member of The BMI Musical Theater Workshop with Lehman Engel
Television Production with Donald McClenhan

Membership in Professional Organizations
ASCAP - Writer and Publisher Member (Egg Cream Music)
American Federation of Musicians Local 47
American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers (ASMAC)
NARAS - Writer and Producer member
Society of Composers & Lyricists
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
American Guild of Temple Musicians

Awards and Grants
International Archive of Jewish Music Recording Grant
Standard ASCAP Awards for Concert Music Performance annually since 1980
The Kavod Award for Career Excellence from The Cantors Assembly
Meet The Composer Grants
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Service Honors
Schubert Award for Musical Theatre Composition - Eastman School of Music
The Kavod Award for Career Excellence from The International Cantors Assembly
Recording grants from the International Archive of Jewish music.