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Michael Maffe

Student, USC Thonton School of Music
Music Composition, B.M. '19
While the academic training here at Biola is the primary focus, practical business and interpersonal relationship training is paramount for success in the “real world.” The staff and faculty here have provided mentorship and biblical guidance in addition to knowledge of theory and composition that has developed my character as well as my craft. Without this, I would be simply a determined, but misguided, young mind, lost in pipe dreams.

Education

  • B.M. Music Composition, Biola University

Career Highlights

  • Collaborated with Kianna Bliven and Townsend Dick of Radicalis Pictures for the shorts "Mort." (2017), "Sunsprite" (2019) and "Nightlight" (2019).
  • Scored first feature-length film "Bully's Bane" (2016)

Honors/Activities

  • 2019 Sandra and Alan Silvestri Award, highest-rated candidate to USC's Screen Scoring program
  • 2019 Biola Film Festival: Best Original Score, winner for Sunsprite
  • 2019 Biola Conservatory of Music Outstanding Composer Award for artistic endeavors
  • 2019 Biola University Composition Competition, 1st place winner for “Patchwork Grey”, 2nd place winner for The Artisan
  • 2018 A Piacere Solo Composition Competition, winner for “Patchwork Grey”
  • 2018 PRISM Competition, winner for “Alaska: Crest of the Hinterland”
  • 2018 Featured Composer at Vienna Summer Music Festival
  • 2018 Biola Conservatory of Music Outstanding Composer Award for artistic endeavors
  • 2018 Biola Film Festival: Best Original Score, winner for Mort
  • 2018 Biola University Composition Competition, 1st place winner for Karyenda; 2nd place winner for “A Raven on the Moor”
  • 2017 A Piacere Solo Composition Competition, winner for “A Raven on the Moor”
  • 2017 Rayner Brown Composition Award winner
  • 2017 Biola University Composition Competition, winner for “Catacombs of a Rose”
  • 2016 Newport News Christian Film Festival (CFF), Best Original Score winner for Bully’s Bane
  • 2016 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA): Biola Chapter Composition Competition, winner for “Carpe Diem”
  • 2015 A Piacere Solo Composition Competition, winner for “Aficionado”
  • 2015 National Young Composers Challenge Competition (NYCC), winner for The Water Phoenix
  • 2014 Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) Music Certification
  • 2012 International NASA Humans in Space Youth Art Competition, winner for “Alien Armada”

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