SCGC Academy – Amin Bhatia: The Midi Orchestra


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The Midi Orchestra

The midi orchestra is an evolving but wieldy beast. One has to be composer, performer and engineer to create something that approaches what a real orchestra can do. Award winning composer Amin Bhatia was one of the first to build a career on midi orchestration and composition.

In this course he will de-mystify the process in all areas of writing performing and mixing for virtual orchestra. The four classes will cover various techniques, a small bit of history of how we got here, and a workshop to orchestrate and mix a two minute piece of your own composition. The first class will be in person (Trinity Bellwoods area of Toronto) and the remaining on zoom. Note that there will be homework!


  • A short (10 min max) demo of your current works
  • Working knowledge and access to a midi workstation/DAW Setup
  • Any formal musical education is helpful, but sight reading is not necessary

Dates (all times are ET)

  • Introduction (online): Wed, 10 January 2024 from 2:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Class 1 (in-person if possible): Wed 17 Jan 2024 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Class 2 (online): Wed 24 January 2024 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Class 3 (online): Wed 7 February 2024 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm
  • Class 4 (online): Wed 21 February 2024 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Instructor Bio

Emmy nominated Amin Bhatia has been composing for several decades. His prizes in the Roland International Synthesizer competitions led to projects with David Foster and Steve Porcaro, with a synth cameo on Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Amin’s music has been likened to the harmonic inventiveness of Jerry Goldsmith and the technical prowess of Hans Zimmer. TV scores include “Anne with an E”, “Flashpoint”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Detention Adventure”, and “Lets Go Luna”, many of them co-written with his friend and colleague Ari Posner with whom he shares several Canadian Screen Awards. Film credits include “Iron Eagle II” and “John Woo’s Once a Thief” as well as many orchestral scores for David Lickley’s IMAX features.

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