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JAY WEIGELInstructor, Film Scoring
Jay Weigel is a distinguished composer, producer, conductor, arranger, and orchestrator for film, television, recordings, and concerts. Based in New Orleans, he has worked in the film and television industry for over thirty years. His recent scores and soundtrack recordings can be heard in The Green Lantern, the last six of Tyler Perry's films (including Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail), HBO's Little Britain, I Love You Phillip Morris, and numerous documentaries and independent films.
In addition to his commercial work, Jay has written and presented numerous contemporary operas. He premiered his first contemporary opera, Ash Wednesday, to critical acclaim at the opening event of the 1998 Faulkner Festival. Later, he debuted the post-modern Dawn in the Floating City at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts in 2002. In 2007, Weigel collaborated with Harold Sylvester to premiere 7 Days in Paradise, based on the experiences of artist Jeffrey Cook during Hurricane Katrina. Following this, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art commissioned his fourth opera, The River May Cry, which featured a blend of European classical music with blues, gospel, jazz, and African music.
In 2004, New Orleans' Saint Louis Cathedral commissioned Jay to compose music for the upcoming mass of Pope John Paul II. The resulting work, scored for orchestra and choir, was the first to be commissioned honoring John Paul II. Unfortunately, the pope passed two weeks prior to its premiere in 2005; however, Weigel's work was later recorded and released under the MCG Jazz Label.
From 1998 to 2001, Jay worked for renowned composer Terence Blanchard as an orchestrator, assistant conductor, and head music preparatory. Later, as an independent arranger and orchestrator, he collaborated with REM, Chris Thomas King, Judith Owen, and Hal Willner. His original work has been commissioned by symphonies and artists around the world, including the Kennedy Center, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony, the Acadiana Symphony, and Lin Emery.
From 1985 to 1991, Jay served as Lecturer of Composition and Orchestration at Xavier University in New Orleans. He also helped organize the Louisiana Composers Guild and served as the co-chairman of the Louisiana Music Commission from 1998 to 2004. From 1996 to 2012, he served as Executive Director for New Orleans' Contemporary Arts Center. Most recently, Jay served on the Bring New Orleans Back Subcommittee on Culture, as well as Mitch Landrieu's Louisiana Rebirth Advisory Board. Currently, he sits on the board of directors of the Louisiana Cultural Foundation. Jay joined Loyola in 2007 as a part-time instructor, where he teaches film scoring.