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Will Schaefer (1928–2007)

An Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize nominee composer, conductor, and arranger, Will Schaefer was educated at Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha (Distinguished Alumni Award), De Paul University (BM, Distinguished Alumni Award), and Northwestern University (MA and graduate work extending into study for a Doctor of Music degree). During the Korean ... See full bio »

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X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Butler
The Butler Soundtrack
Silver Linings Playbook
Win Win
Win Win Soundtrack


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 1980 Foods and Fun: A Nutrition Adventure (Short) (as Will Schaffer)
 1980 Barnaby Jones (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964-1979 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- The Sky Trap (1979)
- Mickey's 50 (1978)
- The Mystery of Edward Sims: Part 2 (1968) ... (as Willis Schaefer)
- The Mystery of Edward Sims: Part 1 (1968) ... (as Willis Schaefer)
- Gallegher Goes West: Trial by Terror (1967) ... (as Willis Schaefer)
 1978 Mickey's 50 (Documentary)
 1978 Godzilla (TV Series)
 1973 Super Friends (TV Series)
 1969 Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (TV Series)
 1967 The Flying Nun (TV Series)
 1965 The Flintstones (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Royal Rubble (1965) ... (uncredited)
- Samantha (1965) ... (uncredited)
 1965 I Dream of Jeannie (TV Series)
 1965 Hogan's Heroes (TV Series)
 1962 The Yogi Bear Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Yogi's Birthday Party (1962) ... (uncredited)
 1961 Straightaway (TV Series)
 1957 Old Yeller (uncredited)
 1957 Mr. Adams and Eve (TV Series)
 1954 The Blue Angel (TV Series)
 1952 The Linkletter Show (TV Series)
 1950 American Cowboy (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1950 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 Lamp Unto My Feet (TV Series)
Show Show Music department (15 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (11 credits)

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Other Works:

Conducting credits include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (in a Disney concert featuring his orchestrations), the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, the Racine Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Symphony Orchestra (now the Colorado Symphony), the Disney World All-Star ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Willis Schaefer | Will Schaffer

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He received an Emmy nomination (Best Musical Score) for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color: The Sky Trap (1979). See more »

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