DOUG BESTERMAN, Chair

 

For almost 30 years, Doug Besterman has been active as an arranger, orchestrator, and composer for Broadway theater, film, television and recording. He has been privileged to work with some of the most recognizable names in the industry, including composers Mel Brooks, Alan Menken, and Marc Shaiman; recording artists Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow; and directors Rob Marshall and Susan Stroman.

A veteran of over 25 Broadway shows and over 30 regional and international productions, Besterman won the Tony Award® for Fosse, The Producers, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was nominated for The Music Man (2000), How to Succeed in Business, and Bullets over Broadway; he was also awarded the Drama Desk for The Producers and Thoroughly Modern Millie. His most recent Broadway credits include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Bronx Tale, and Anastasia.

 

Besterman has also written orchestrations for nearly 30 film and television projects; recent credits include the films Mary Poppins Returns, Aladdin (2019), Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Frozen; and for TV American Housewife, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, and Galavant

As a composer, Besterman penned the scores for the podcast musical Little Did I Know (with lyricists Dean Pitchford and Marcy Heisler), currently available for download on Apple Podcasts; and The Big One-Oh (with lyricist Dean Pitchford), which recently premiered at The Atlantic For Kids in NYC and is available for licensing through Music Theater International. His music has also been recorded by singer Christian Bautista, heard in the films The Punisher, Out of Step and Exit Speed, TV shows Summerland and One Life To Live, in concert with the United States Military Academy Concert Band, and in the musical revue Hats.

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RUSS ANIXTER, Co-Vice Chair

 

Russell Anixter: 30 Years a music copyist in NYC, the last 16 years a partner at Anixter Rice Music Service supervising music preparation for numerous Broadway shows, regional theatre, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, live concerts and recordings. Former Chair of Local 802 Music Copying Committee. Participated in many collective bargaining negotiation committees. Masters degree in Jazz/Commercial Composition from Manhattan School of Music. Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations from CSU, Chico. Arranger/Director Russ Anixter’s Hippie Big Band.

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HALEY BENNETT, Co-Vice Chair

 

Haley is an NYC-based Music Director, Conductor, Arranger, and Coordinator. She is currently an Associate Music Director and Alternate Conductor for the Broadway production of Diana: A True Musical Story, as well as the Associate Music Supervisor for the National Tour of Once On This Island. Additional Broadway credits include: Come From Away (Substitute conductor), Once on This Island (Assistant Vocal Arranger, Additional Orchestrations), Escape to Margaritaville, Dear Evan Hansen, Anastasia, Bandstand, Paramour, and Finding Neverland.

Haley also works as a Music Supervisor for various projects for NBCUniversal, including the annual Upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall. She served as the Associate Music Coordinator for NBC’s broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, and she is one of the Music Coordinators for the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

 

As an Album Coordinator, she has worked on several Broadway cast albums, including the new Broadway cast recording of Once On This Island, Anastasia, Escape to Margaritaville, and the Grammy Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen. B.A. Harvard University.

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ED WINDELS, Operations Coordinator

 

A New York City-based composer and orchestrator, Ed enjoys writing new concert music for all genres and mediums, with a particular fondness for art song. Concurrently his admiration for and experience with the musical theater has resulted in an additional career as a theatrical orchestrator and arranger.

Ed has been the recipient of a fellowship at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and Meet The Composer grants. Recent commissions include a song cycle for Bargemusic’s Here And Now series, a piano solo piece for his alma mater, Peal Off for Chicago’s Gaudete Brass Quintet, a duo for violas for Michael Hall, and a bass oboe sonata for British reed virtuoso Mikey Sluman. 

Recently completed projects include a orchestrations for Yuval Sharon's setting for tenor and large orchestra of John Hollander’s Summer Day, and an edition of Richard Strauss’s renownedly large-scale opera Elektra for 32 instruments. A version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, re-arranged and re-orchestrated in a 1920’s jazz idiom, premiered in February 2018 by its commissioner, Edmonton Opera in Alberta, Canada.

 

MM from the Mannes College of Music, NYC.
 

Executive Committee
Steering Committee

Charlie Alterman pianist, arranger

Russ Anixter copyist, arranger / orchestrator

Haley Bennett music director, conductor, arranger, contractor

Doug Besterman composer, orchestrator / arranger, music director

David Chase arranger / orchestrator

John Clancy arranger / orchestrator

Beth Ertz arranger / orchestrator

Steven Feifke pianist, composer, orchestrator 
Ned Paul Ginsburg composer, orchestrator / arranger
Emily Grishman copyist
Mike Morris composer, arranger / orchestrator
Nate Patten music director, conductor, pianist
Kim Scharnberg composer, arranger / orchestrator, producer
Macy Schmidt music director, arranger / orchestrator
Michael Starobin orchestrator / arranger
Jonathan Tunick composer, arranger / orchestrator
Brian Usifer music director, orchestrator/arranger, composer, producer
Ed Windels orchestrator / arranger, composer

Programming and Mentoring

David Chase arranger / orchestrator

John Clancy arranger / orchestrator

Ned Paul Ginsburg composer, orchestrator / arranger

Emily Grishman copyist

Nate Patten music director, conductor, pianist

Kim Scharnberg composer, arranger / orchestrator, producer

Macy Schmidt music director, arranger / orchestrator

Michael Starobin orchestrator / arranger

Jonathan Tunick composer, arranger / orchestrator

Ed Windels orchestrator / arranger, composer

Union and Contract Advisory

Charlie Alterman pianist, arranger
Russ Anixter copyist, arranger / orchestrator
Haley Bennett music director, conductor, arranger, contractor
David Chase arranger / orchestrator
John Clancy arranger / orchestrator
Ned Paul Ginsburg composer, orchestrator / arranger
Emily Grishman copyist
Nate Patten music director, conductor, pianist
Jonathan Tunick composer, arranger / orchestrator