The Youngstown Scoring Stage is comprised of seasoned professionals, passionate about producing industry standard orchestral recordings for film and other mediums. Every member of the staff has given his or her life to the pursuit of their chosen profession.
Todd Maki works occupationally as a composer as well as a conductor. Beginning his musical journey at a young age with classical training in piano and percussion, a lifelong fascination with electronic synthesis was eventually born, which fostered a strong inclination towards sonic experimentation with chord progressions, musical theory and composition. Deeply interested in the engineering process, Todd also sought to gain a mastery over the process of musical production, leading to work as an engineer and producer for many years, with the production process just as much as the compositional process. He has composed musical scores for several feature films, advertisements, artists and continues to conduct various ensembles. You can hear more of his work at www.toddmakicomposing.com.
Brendan Considine is a violinist with strong ties to the area. Brendan earned his master’s degree in music from Youngstown State University. As a performer, Brendan plays with the Greenville Symphony, Youngstown Symphony, Warren Philharmonic, and the Opera Western Reserve. As a teacher, Brendan has taught string music in the Ohio districts of Youngstown and Alliance, as well as being part of the adjunct faculty at Thiel College and Youngstown State University. Brendan is also an Instructional Supervisor at The Rich Center for Autism, a treatment and research facility at Youngstown State University, where he implements educational programs for the benefit of children with Autism. He lives in Youngstown with his wife, Karen, who also is also a performing musician on violin, piano, and organ.
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Joshua Rodriguez, born in Cordoba, Argentina, spent his childhood in Guatemala and Mexico where he began to play piano, guitar, and saxophone. After completing a BA in Music through Thomas Edison State College in 2006 under M. Dean Kincaid, he returned to Mexico to work in a bilingual private school. In addition to the expected music history, theory, and choir classes, he also taught songwriting and directed his own musicals and adaptations. In May 2011, he graduated with a MM in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Keith Fitch and Steven Kohn. Awarded the Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, he is now working on a Ph.D. in Composition at the University of California (LA) with Ian Krause, Paul Chihara, and Richard Danielpour. His music spans various genres including sacred and secular vocal music, classical concert music, contemporary popular songs, electronic music, and film scores. For more on Josh, visit www.joshrodriguezmusic.com.
Mike Talanca has always considered himself a musician and has always had a desire to "know how things work". After high school, he enrolled in an intensive 2 year electronics course. Throughout this time, he was constantly integrating music into his electronics training. He eventually moved to NYC in 1985, where he worked as the Chief Of Maintenance at two-world class recording studios; Right Track Recording and Videomix. There, he got to work with legendary artists like the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and David Sanborn. Back in Ohio in 1990, he then worked as the field service technician for CAD, an audio manufacturer. Throughout this time, Mike wrote a lot of his own original music for commercials and other recordings, which inspired him to open his own studio, Tune Town, in 1996. In addition to running his studio and recording and working with artists, he has also taught a course in recording at Youngstown State University. For more on Mike, visit www.tunetownrec.com.
Jack Ciarniello is the owner of Take Note Productions, a full service multimedia studio located in Youngstown, OH. His professional responsibilities include composing and arranging music for radio and television, as well as creating musical backgrounds for corporate and industrial video presentations. In 1989, he founded Take Note Productions to serve the musical composition, arranging, and recording needs of a wide variety of media clientele. In 2012, his studio added full video acquisition and editing capabilities and currently provides technical and creative services for a select group of advertising and public relations firms. Jack currently heads up the "Music Recording" degree program at Youngstown State University. He enjoys performing jazz and classical music, appearing with the YSO, WSO, Packard Concert and Big Bands.