2022 Fall Session

John Williams:
Maestro of the Cinema

  • Wednesdays, October 26, November 2, 9, and 16
  • 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
  • Class size limit: 30 participants
  • Cost: $100.00

Film music is an invisible art form. It is often difficult to be fully aware of a great score when we're absorbed watching a film, yet we may leave the cinema with the melodies circling over and over in our heads. Although there have been many innovative composers who have developed this invisible art throughout the 20th century, there is one whose contributions are unquestionably unparalleled: maestro John Williams. In celebration of his 90th birthday, this four-week course explores three of his iconic scores: Jaws (1975), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and E.T. (1982). Additionally, this course will provide the fundamental theories and concepts of film musicology (the study of film music).

Note: All participants will be sent the films via a Google link and will not need to purchase them.


Week 1 - October 26
Introduction to film music
Overview of John Williams’ career

Week 2 - November 2
Film: Jaws

Week 3 - November 9
Film: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Week 4 - November 16
Film: E.T.

The Chorale has partnered with James Heazlewood-Dale, PhD student in musicology at Brandeis University, to offer this course online via Zoom. Classes will be recorded. If one class must be missed,  participants may request a recording of it with the understanding that it is for personal use, and will not be shared in any way.

  • Registration Deadline Friday, September 23rd.
  • Online payment is due with registration submission.
  • Checks must be received by Friday, September 30th to ensure enrollment.

The Zoom link will be sent by the instructor to participants by October 24th.


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Choose ONE of these TWO payment options:

 #1   Use the following form to reserve and pay online.
Registration deadline: Friday, September 23

 #2   Click here to reserve and pay by check.
Checks must be received by Friday, September 30