Music instructor Tom Bourcier receives Iowa Arts Council grant award to compose film score

May 18, 2009

Tom Bourcier, Luther instructor of music, will receive a $1,500 Iowa Arts Council Mini Grant Award to compose the original music score for the short film "Rebirth."

"Rebirth," a high-definition video in the post-production stage, is a 30-minute dramatic film written and directed by artist Francesca Soans of Waterloo, Iowa. The video explores the experiences of two women in a small town in Iowa.

"The score represents the upper Midwest in its instruments and color," said Bourcier. I am joined on its performance by mandolinist John Goodin and violinist Paul Docken, both of Decorah."

Bourcier holds the master of music degree in composition from Western Michigan University and travels widely as a jazz pianist and composer. He has performed throughout the Midwest in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, as well as Puebla, Mexico and Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

At Luther, Bourcier teachers improvisation, directs the Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensembles and composes original music for the theatre/dance department.

The film's grant was one of 17 artists' awards given by the Iowa Arts Council totaling $21,123. Mini grant applicants may request up to $1,500 in funding, which they must match.

"The diverse groups of projects in this list is exciting," said Mary Sundet Jones, Iowa Arts Council administrator. "These public funds are truly supporting meaningful projects for artists and communities. The arts are alive and well in Iowa."

The Iowa Arts Council works to enrich the quality of life and learning in Iowa communities by encouraging excellence in the arts through leadership, grants and technical assistance.

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