Grace-Mary Burega is a composer for film, TV and video games as well as a woodwind multi-instrumentalist on saxophone, clarinet and flute. Her compositions have been on TV PSAs as well as in short and feature films currently in the festival circuit, and she has scored over 20 films to date. Grace Notes is her media composing company, which specializes in custom music for a variety of projects such as documentary, horror, comedy, animation and more.
Grace-Mary is currently pursuing her Masters of Music degree at Berklee Online where she is studying film scoring. Burega was awarded a scholarship to study her undergrad degree at Berklee College of Music, where she studied Film & TV Scoring and the saxophone and was awarded the Robert Share Award to celebrate her outstanding achievements in the Film Scoring Department.
Grace-Mary was selected by the Society of Composers and Lyricists to be part of their New York mentorship program for media composers in 2020-2021. She was also a part of the 2021 Women in Animation composer mentorship with Catherine Joy. In addition, she is mentored by film and games composer Nomi Abadi. Burega is a 2022 participant of the LA Film Conducting Intensive run by Angel Velez and Conrad Pope, and has taken Hollywood Music Workshop classes with Miriam Cutler and John Lunn.
Burega is currently the Secretary for the Female Composer Safety League, a new organization created to ensure the safety, advancement, and empowerment of female composers in the music composing industry. She is a social media volunteer for the organization Women in Film and Video of New England. She is the Online Representative for the Berklee Film Scoring Network and the president of the Berklee Online grad student group. She has had the opportunity to lead interviews with Brian Tyler, Ron Jones, Olafur Arnalds, Anne Dudley, Tina Guo, Michael Abels, Nathan Barr and Carter Burwell, among others.
Burega has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, Boston’s Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and the Berklee Performance Center. Burega has studied the saxophone with Bill Pierce and George Garzone, and has received numerous Berklee scholarships for her achievements on the saxophone: the Joseph E. Viola Award, the Paul Wagner Award, the Lester Lanin Award, and the Professional Performance Division Woodwind Award.