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Orchestration Classes 2024 with Dr. Norman Ludwin

AFM Local 47 members are invited to participate in an online learning experience with Executive Board member and professional orchestrator Dr. Norman Ludwin. This series of 4 classes will examine every section — Strings, Winds, & Brass — culminating in Full Orchestra. Students will also have the opportunity to complete their own optional orchestration assignments.

AFM Local 47 membership will be verified prior to enrollment. 




For more information about the instructor and to view student feedback from previous classes, please click here.

April 2024 Overture Online: 2nd Annual AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival

Inside This Issue:

  • COVER STORY: 2nd Annual AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival: Free concert series April 14, 21 & 28
  • Inside the Pit at the 96th Annual Oscars
  • Member Spotlight: Jon Hammond
  • Spring Membership Drive: Spread the Word!
  • Abolish Poverty & Homelessness Initiative: Volunteers Needed
  • Pension Update on the Application for Special Financial Assistance
  • Auditions: Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera, Modesto Symphony Orchestra


and more!

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AFM Musicians Ratify Motion Picture Agreements

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is proud to announce the ratification of the Basic Theatrical Motion Picture and Basic Television Motion Picture Agreements contract. This new agreement, unanimously recommended by the bargaining committee, represents a significant victory for musicians working in film and television. Continue reading

Inside the Pit at the 96th Annual Academy Awards

All photos by/courtesy of Gayle Levant

Rickey Minor, Music Director

Lead Orchestrator Chris Walden with Raj Kapoor – Producer of the Oscars

Harpist Gayle Levant with Music Contractor Kimberlee Wertz

Librarians Nick Casares and Josh Britt with Lead Copyist Booker White 

Assistant Engineer Tom Hardisty with Recording Engineer Tommy Vicari

Lara Wilson (with Sabrina Walden) – Asst to Rickey Minor

96th Annual Academy Awards Orchestra

Pre-record session: Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage, Burbank, CA
Oscars Awards Ceremony: Dolby Theatre, Hollywood CA — March 10, 2024

Music Director
Rickey Minor

Music Contractor
Kimberlee Wertz

Dan Higgins
Jeff Driskill
Jacob Scesney
Glen Berger
Sal Lozano

Wayne Bergeron
Dan Fornero

Andy Martin
Garrett Smith
Juliane Gralle

Wayne Linsey
Dave Delhomme

Carlos del Puerto

Paul Jackson Jr.
Dean Parks

Peter Korpela

Steven Becknell
Laura Brenes
Dylan Skye Hart

Gayle Levant

Daphne Chen (concertmaster)
Charlie Bisharat
Kyle Gilner
Luanne Homzy
Juliette Jones
Songa Lee
Natalie Leggett
Stephanie Matthews
Shalini Vijayan

Leah Katz
Luke Maurer
Lynne Richburg

Timothy Loo
Giovana Clayton
Adrienne Woods

Assistant to Rickey Minor
Lara Wilson

Lead Orchestrator
Chris Walden

Lead Copyist
Booker White

Nick Cazares
Josh Britt

* names of non-AFM members have been omitted


General Membership Meeting: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Open to all AFM Local 47 members in good standing

On the Agenda (subject to change):
– Presentation of 50-Year Pins
– Officer Reports
– Old and New Business

Immediately following General Membership Meeting
All members of AFM Local 47 are also members of the Musicians’ Club of Los Angeles

RSVP to:
(RSVP encouraged, but not required)

Fifty (50) members constitutes a quorum to conduct business at Local 47 General Membership Meetings. Nine (9) members constitutes a quorum for regular and special meetings of the Musicians’ Club.

To review meeting policies, Robert’s Rules, bylaws and past meeting minutes, please

2nd Annual AFM Local 47 Jazz Festival

“This music is about freedom, about movement, about creativity, about joy, about pain, and about ultimately setting one’s spirit free. Jazz musicians are an essential part of our culture, and we in Los Angeles are incredibly blessed to include in our community many world-class practitioners of this great art form.” – AFM Local 47 President Stephanie O’Keefe

The free concert series, generously co-sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund, will take place over three Sundays on April 14, 21 & 28 in our Captain Greg Welch Gathering Place. Continue reading