O’Neill Symposium on Musical Theatre Orchestration will features Coughlin, Starobin, Marvin and LaChuisa July 2, 2014 By Ademola Bello Paulette Haupt, the longtime Artistic Director of the National Music Theatre Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut will conduct a public symposium on orchestrating musical theatre in today’s world on Thursday, July 3 at 1:00pm. The venue is O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut. The orchestration symposium is part of the exciting events at this year O’Neill summer conference. The symposium will focus on exploration on the role of orchestration and arranging in the development of new work. Haupt who was a co- founder of the O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference and has served as its artistic director since 1978 will be joined by veteran panelists at the O’Neill Symposium on Musical Theatre Orchestration. Haupt says “Dream Orchestration” is a feature unique to new work development at the O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference. The featured panelists will include award winning orchestrators Bruce Coughlin and Michael Starobin. Coughlin won Tony and Drama Desk awards for orchestration The Light in the Piazza. With Ted Sperling and Adam Guettel. While Starobin who provided orchestrations for musicals such as Sunday In The Park With George won Tony award in 2009 for Next to Normal Coughlin and Starobin are not only to guide discussions around “Dream Orchestrations.” They also serve as orchestration mentors and will meet with Jim and Ruth Bauer who are developing their musical The War Dept. and Julia Gytri and Avi Amon developing The White City at the O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference. The composers that will join the panelists at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Symposium are Michael John LaChiusa best known for shows such as Hello Again, Marie Christine, and The Wild Party, and Mel Marvin known for Broadway shows such as How The Grinch Stole Christmas Mervin is currently the director of Production for the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Finally, Haupt says, “We are honored to have Bruce Coughlin, Michael John LaChiusa, Mel Marvin and Michael Starobin join us for the National Music Theater Conference’s first orchestration symposium panel here at the O’Neill. This amazing panel will address general concepts on orchestrating, arranging, and the relationship between composers and orchestrators to participants of all programs here this summer. It is another example of the symbiotic relationship that continues to grow between the Music Theatre Conference, Playwrights Conference, Critics Institute and Theatre Makers programs.” Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center the country’s well regarded organization dedicated to the promotion of new works and new voices for American Theatre is the recipient of a 2010 Tony Award for Regional Theatre.