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Hanna Lim Named BMI Film Scoring Scholarship Recipient at Berklee

Posted in News on March 29, 2006
Composer Hanna Lim has been named the 2006 BMI Film Scoring Scholarship recipient at Berklee College of Music, it was announced today. Lim, a double major in Film Scoring and Contemporary Writing & Production, received the scholarship at the Boston, Mass., school during a presentation by BMI composer and 1977 Berklee graduate Richard Gibbs, in whose name this year's scholarship is given; Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations; Berklee President Roger Brown; and Berklee Film Scoring Department Chair Don Wilkins.

From left: Berklee President Roger Brown, Film Scoring Assistant Chair Michael Rendish, 2006 BMI Film Scoring Scholarship recipient Hanna Lim, BMI's Doreen Ringer-Ross, film composer and Berklee alumnus Richard Gibbs and Film Scoring Chair Don Wilkins. Photo by Nick Balkin

The BMI Film Scoring Scholarship is a yearly tuition scholarship chosen 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. Gibbs, this year's honored composer, taught a master class on film scoring as part of the ceremony.

Gibbs' film scoring credits include Dr. Doolittle, Say Anything, Fatal Instinct, Ten Things I Hate About You, 28 Days and many others. He has also scored many television shows, including the first season of The Simpsons, and was musical director for The Tracey Ullman Show. His performing credits include several years as keyboard player with rock band Oingo Boingo and tours with Chaka Khan and Robert Palmer; he subsequently became music director for Chaka Khan. He has also worked with such diverse artists as Korn, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, the Staples, Tom Waits and Tom Jones.

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Hanna Lim moved to Oklahoma at age 17 and earned a degree in Economics and Chinese at the University of Michigan. After four years working at a venture capital firm in Calif., she decided to pursue music full time, enrolling at Berklee to study film scoring. Currently, she works as the U.S. representative/writer for B.I.G. Entertainment, an entertainment company she founded with two other Berklee alumni that specializes in pop music production, recording and artist management in Korea. Lim plans to graduate in the fall and move to Los Angeles to start a career in the film and television music business.

"This scholarship continues our mission of supporting young and emerging composers at the college level," stated BMI's 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 was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music was through the study and practice of contemporary music. For over half a century, the college has evolved constantly to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With over a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing more than 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.