Jeff Russo scores the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Dan Goldwasser



Composer Jeff Russo recently recorded his score to the season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, using a large ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony. Scoring took place at the Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros. Studios, and even featured a new recording of the classic Alexander Courage theme – complete with vocal soprano! ScoringSessions.com is thrilled to bring our readers our photos from the session!


Composer Jeff Russo conducts the Hollywood Studio Symphony on Star Trek: Discovery

The score for Star Trek: Discovery was conducted by composer Jeff Russo, who started out the session with just strings and woodwinds, and then was joined by brass and percussion for the end titles.


Composer/conductor Jeff Russo records a cue with the orchestra

The violins

The cello and bass sections on Star Trek: Discovery

The woodwind section performs

The French horn section perform on the end titles for Star Trek: Discovery

The brass section

Composer/conductor Jeff Russo cues the strings

The end titles for the finale is comprised of a new arrangement of Alexander Courage’s classic Star Trek main title, arranged by orchestrator Amie Doherty, and features soprano Ayana Haviv, and percussionists Pete Korpela on bongos and Peter Erskine on drum set.


Alexander Courage’s Star Trek titles, arranged and orchestrated by Amie Doherty

Vocal soloist Ayana Haviv performs on the classic Star Trek end titles

Percussionist Pete Korpela performs on bongos

Percussionist Peter Erskine performs on drum set

Composer/conductor Jeff Russo talks to the booth

Inside the booth, orchestrator Amie Doherty was manning the booth, providing feedback to Russo out on the stage, and was joined at the console by scoring mixer Michael Perfitt. Russo’s team also included studio assistant Caleb Hsu, archivist assistant Lauren Payne, score editor Matea Prljevic, booth reader Jordan Gagne, scoring assistant Perrine Virgile, and score prep Tracie Turnbull.


Orchestrator Amie Doherty follows along with the score

Scoring mixer Michael Perfitt

Writer/producer Alex Kurtzman and composer Jeff Russo

The music team on Star Trek: Discovery: (front row) orchestrator Amie Doherty, studio assistant Caleb Hsu, scoring mixer Michael Perfitt; (back row) archivist assistant Lauren Payne, score editor Matea Prljevic, booth reader Jordan Gagne, scoring assistant Perrine Virgile, and score prep Tracie Turnbull

The score album for Star Trek: Discovery is available from Lakeshore Records.