Tom Bourcier nominated for best Iowa film score

April 21, 2010

Tom Bourcier, instructor of music at Luther College, has been nominated by the Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) for best original music score for his work on the film “Rebirth,” directed by Francesca Soans.

The IMPA competition features two levels of recognition: awards of achievement, best entries in class; and awards of excellence, highest scoring in class. The IMPA 2010 awards ceremony will be on Saturday, May 1, in Des Moines.

IMPA is a professional organization that works to promote and enhance the talents and skills of Iowa’s film, video and multimedia production community.

“Rebirth” is a 30-minute fiction film, written and directed by Soans and shot on digital video. The film explores the stories of three women: Kalpa, an Indian immigrant; Helen, a Norwegian-American; and Laura, a Mexican-American. The film provides a complex look at race, religion and politics in a small town in Iowa.

Bourcier holds the master of music degree in composition from Western Michigan University. He served as music director and assistant professor in the department of dance at the University of Illinois from 1991-96 and premiered 17 original compositions in Illinois Dance Theatre and Illinois Repertory Theatre productions. 

Bourcier’s jazz chart “In Walked Bo” was recently recorded by the Composer’s Big Band in New York City.

At Luther Bourcier teaches improvisation, jazz theory and arranging. He directs the Jazz Band and Jazz Combos.  He also accompanies movement fundamentals classes and composes original music for the Luther theatre/dance department. 

As a professional musician Bourcier has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, performing with and backing up musicians and acts such as the Dirty Dozen Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Jim Schwall of the Siegal-Schwall Band, Buddy Rich, Donald O’Connor, comedian David Brenner, Debbie Reynolds and Jack Jones.