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BMI Announces 2000 Film Scoring Scholarship Winner

Posted in News on November 2, 2000

Tiffany White has been named the 2000 BMI Film Scoring Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music, it was announced today by Doreen Ringer Ross, Vice President, Film/TV Relations, BMI. White, who is a Film Scoring major in her seventh semester at the college, was presented as the scholarship recipient by Emmy Award-winning film composer Basil Poledouris and Ringer-Ross at a ceremony at Berklee on October 26.


The Berklee College of Music BMI Scholarship was presented to Tiffany White on October 26, 2000 in recognition of her academic and musical excellence as a Film Scoring major at the college. Pictured (from left) are: Don Wilkins, Chair, Film Scoring department; Lee Eliot Berk, President, Berklee College of Music; Tiffany White, BMI Scholarship recipient; Doreen Ringer Ross, Assistant Vice President, Film and Television Relations, BMI; Basil Poledouris, BMI film composer.

The BMI Film Scoring Scholarship is a yearly tuition scholarship based on compositional maturity and talent as well as financial need. The Dean of the Professional Writing Division, the Chair of the Film Scoring Department, in conjunction with the Department for Scholarships, chose the recipient they felt had the greatest potential for a creative career in film scoring. This year's scholarship was given in the name of composer Poledouris.


Berklee College of Music BMI Scholarship recipient Tiffany White (center) with BMI Assistant Vice President, Film and Television Relations, Doreen Ringer-Ross and film composer Basil Poledouris

"This scholarship continues our mission of supporting young and emerging composers at the college level," stated 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."


Berklee College of Music Visiting Artist, film composer Basil Poledouris, addresses students at the David Friend Recital Hall during a master class on October 26, 2000. Poledouris' works include scores for the films "The Hunt For Red October," "Les Miserables," "Starship Troopers," "Free Willy 1 & 2," "Robocop 1 & 2," "The Jungle Book," "Conan the Barbarian," "Cecil B. DeMented" and "Serial Mom."

Michael Rendish, Assistant Chair of the Film Scoring Department at Berklee, said, "Tiffany has won the admiration of all of her instructors, and she shows a high level of talent and promise in her chosen profession. We feel she is certainly deserving of this generous award."

The scholarship presentation was followed by a master class taught by Poledouris. The class was attended by film scoring and composition majors at Berklee. Poledouris began by giving the students some background on how he got started in the film industry, and told many anecdotes about his experiences in creating appropriate scores for films.

White's previous awards include first place in the NAACP's ACT-SO award competition's Regional Division for Composition and third place in the National Division for Composition.

Past recipients include John Eastep and Enrique Menendez, and the scholarship has been given in the name of composers Michael Kamen and Alan Menken.

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