Tim Maurice Named 2009 BMI Film Scoring Scholarship Recipient

Film Music Magazine • April 9, 2009

Composer Tim Maurice was named the 2009 BMI Film Scoring Scholarship recipient during the annual BMI Day at Berklee College of Music.

Maurice, a film scoring major, received the scholarship at a presentation at Berklee by BMI composer David Newman, in whose name this year’s scholarship is given.

PHOTO: Pictured are film composer David Newman; Berklee Film Scoring Department Chair Dan Carlin; BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations Doreen Ringer-Ross; 2009 BMI Film Scoring Scholarship recipient Tim Maurice; Berklee President Roger Brown; and Director of Berklee Center in Los Angeles Peter Gordon. (Photo by Nick Balkin)

The BMI Film Scoring Scholarship is a yearly tuition scholarship awarded on the basis of compositional maturity and talent, as well as financial need. Each year, the scholarship is given in the name of a noted BMI composer. Newman, this year’s honored composer, taught a master class on film scoring as part of the ceremony.

Tim Maurice, a native of Oxford, Maine, began studying classical piano at age 6. While in 8th grade, Maurice began taking piano lessons at Bates College with Natasha Chances, who studied with Alfred Cortot at L’ecole de Musique Normale, in Paris. In high school, he gave several classical performances at Bates prior to attending the college. Maurice transferred to Berklee in 2007 to major in film scoring. That year, he entered in Berklee’s 3rd Annual Film Scoring contest and placed as a finalist. He has since composed music for independent films, worked on the music preparation team for Captain Drake, a film produced by NBC, and scored the first two pilot episodes of the webisode series Oldbury Hill. In early 2008, his piece “Lights of Laramie” was used in performances of The Laramie Project at Boston Center of the Arts.

“This scholarship continues our mission of supporting young and emerging composers at the college level,” stated BMI’s Doreen Ringer-Ross. “We support Berklee’s commitment to excellence in music and film scoring and their determination to further the growth of talented, trained, and educated composers.”

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