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 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.