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Ralph Affoumado, Choir Master at the Tisch School of the Arts, holds a B.A. and M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the Juilliard School of Music and has composed, conducted, arranged. and produced record albums, musical theater, television, film, and industrials. Spending enormous amounts of time in recording studios in New York, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Nashville, and Europe, Affoumado has produced and arranged music for solo artists and pop rock groups for Capital, Columbia, Warner Brothers, Atlantic, RCA. and smaller independent labels. Affoumado has held positions as artist in residence at Stanford University, Pace University, and New York University. He has served as Music Director and Conductor of The City Symphony of New York at City Center, The Jamaica Symphony, and The New Chamber Orchestra of New York. He has guest conducted throughout the United States, Canada, the UK and Israel. Affoumado has traveled extensively throughout the United States giving master classes in vocal performance, piano performance, sight-reading, composition, and orchestration both classical and pop.
As teacher and mentor, he has taught voice, vocal performance, and sight reading to several major performing Broadway artists: Michael Longoria (Jersey Boys), Adam Cantor (Avenue Q), Prentice Onayemi (War Horse), Justin Blanchard (Henry V), Jared Gertner (The Book of Mormon), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and Bobby Steggert (Big Fish, Ragtime, The Good Wife), to name just a few. As composer, he has sixteen musicals to his credit including Fu Manchu, which he wrote with Hugh Wheeler (Sweeney Todd) and Susan Birkenhead (Jelly’s Last Jam). His advertising musical review “After these messages” penned with James Hammerstein ran one year off Broadway in New York City. He has composed music for CBS, Disney animations, Radio Italia (RAI), and NBC productions.
His honors and awards include the Marshall Award for musical composition (1975), O’Neil Foundation Award for Best Musical Score (1977) and a Triple Clio for “The Wall Street Journal” music composition, arrangement, and production in a commercial (1989). He was also nominated first place, Ticket Master Prize in London, for Best Musical Theater Composition worldwide, (1996). and special Disney-ASCAP Award for Best Up-and-Coming Musical in America for Double Trouble (2008). He won the OSCAR 2008 New Jersey film festival for Best Music Score in a Short Film ("Escape from the ! fire").
At present Affoumado is working on his own album CD and DVD of music he has written over the last 30 years with some well known collaborators. He is also preparing orchestral compositions for performance consideration by the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as pop material for various pop recording artists. He is the founder and director of the All-University Choir “Drama Cantorum” at the Tisch School of the Arts and performs in concert with them.
Samuel French Titles by Ralph Affoumado
- Beyond the Ingénue: Top 20 Roles for Leading Ladies
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- A Musical Classic Gets a Bold New Staging in San Antonio
- Beautiful: The Multi-Generational Draw of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL
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